Barrie Houlihan

Professor, Loughborough University, UK

PresentationThe revised World Anti-Doping Code and the future of anti-doping policy - Play the Game 2007 (PP Pdf.)


Academic Qualifications

  • Professorial title awarded June 1994
  • PhD. University of Salford, 1985. Thesis: 'Housing Policy and Central-local Government Relations'.
  • M.Sc. Urban Studies, University of Salford, 1979. Dissertation: 'Urban Regeneration Strategies in Liverpool'.
  • PGCE. St. Katherine's College, Liverpool, 1972.
  • BA (Hons) Political Theory and Institutions, University of Liverpool, IIi, 1971.
  • Elected to the Academy of Social Sciences, 2011

Employment 1998-present: Professor of Sport Policy, Loughborough UniversitySelected professional activities

  • Editor in Chief, International Journal of Sport Policy (to be launched in Jan 2009)
  • Editorial Board Convenor, Leisure Studies
  • Editorial Board, Sport in Society

Assessor for research grant applications Welcome Foundation; Nuffield Foundation; ESRC; World Anti-Doping Agency; and Canadian Social Science Research CouncilSelected recent publications Nineteen books including:

  • Sport, Policy and Politics: A Comparative Analysis, Routledge, 1997
  • The Politics of Sports development: Development of Sport or Development through Sport? (with Anita White) Routledge, 2002
  • Elite sport development: policy learning and policy advocacy (with M Green) Routledge, 2005
  • Sport policy: A comparative analysis of stability and change (with NA Bergsgard, P Mangset, SI Nødland & H Rommetvedt), Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007
  • Comparative elite sport development: systems, structures and public policy (edited volume with M Green) Butterworth-Heinemann (2008)
  • Sport and Policy (with Russell Hoye and Matthew Nicholson) Butterworth-Heinemann, 2010
  • Social capital and sport governance, (with M Groeneveld and F Ohl eds.), Routledge: London, 2010
  • Participation in sport, (with M Nicholson and R Hoye eds.), Routledge: London, 2010
  • A Handbook of Sports Development (with Mick Green eds.) Routledge, 2011

Relevant articles in refereed journals and chapters in books, selected since 2003:

  • Human rights and doping in sport, Sport, Culture and Society, (Vol. 7.3 Autumn, 2004)
  • Advocacy coalitions and elite sport policy change in Canada and the UK (with M Green) International Review of the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 39.4, 2004
  • Governmentality, Modernisation and the “Disciplining” of National Sporting Organisations: The Cases of Athletics in Australia and the United Kingdom, (with M Green) Sociology of Sport Journal, 23.1, 2006.
  • La gouvernance d’un comité d’organisation de jeux Olympic: le cas d’Sydney 2000 (with M Malfas & E Theodoraki). In Bayle, E. et Chantelat, P., La Gouvernance des organisations sportives, Paris: Eds L’Harmattan, 2007.
  • Developing the research agenda in sport policy (with D Bloyce and A Smith) International Journal of Sport Policy, 1.1, 1-12. 2009
  • Mechanisms of international influence on domestic elite sport policy, International Journal of Sport Policy, 1.1, 51-70. 2009
  • Modernisation and sport: the examples of UK Sport and Sport England (with Mick Green), Public Administration, 87.3, 2009
  • International perspectives on sport structures and policy. In W. Tokarski and K Petry (eds.) Hanhbuch sportpolitik, Schorndorf: Hoffman-Verlag, 2010
  • Doping and the Olympics: Rights, responsibilities and accountabilities (watching the athletes). In Tomlinson, A. and Sugden, J. (eds.) Watching the Olympics, London: Routledge. In press, 2011

Funded research (since 2000)

  • European Union, The impact of doping on young athletes & the preparation of a pan-European communication strategy. In association with PMP Consultancy, £150,000, 2001.
  • Youth Sport Trust and DfES. An evaluation of specialist sports colleges. £48,000 pa (2002- 2007). A variety of projects focused on the work of sports colleges in developing and disseminating good practice in PE and sport.
  • New Opportunities Fund. An evaluation of projects designed to improve the quality of PE and sports facilities in schools (with four others). £1,200,000 over six years (2003 - 2009).
  • School Sport Partnership programme: An evaluation of the SSCo programme for DCSF, Sport England and YST (with four other colleagues) £729,000 over six years (2003-2009). This project included specialist reports on the impact of SSPs on behaviour, attainment and attendance and also on the emerging role and impact of FESCOs.
  • An evaluation of the Council of Europe Compliance with Commitments project, £2,500, 2003.
  • An evaluation of the Active Schools initiative, sportscotland, (with four other colleagues) £193,000, 2004-2007.
  • Developing a guide for the evaluation of anti-doping education programmes, World Anti-doping Agency, 2011, £30,000.

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