• To establish an inter- and multidisciplinary research and service programme with regular research colloquia, international conferences, exchange and collaboration.
  • To produce knowledge in the field and to bring out research output in form of publications and conference presentations.
  • To build up evidence on sport and development initiatives, promoting sport as a powerful tool for development, health, wellbeing and social change.
  • To contribute to social transformation and to advance the physical, social and economic development and wellbeing of South African and African communities.
  • To build up research collaborations and networks.

Research areas:

  • Sport, community development and peace
  • Sport development and performance enhancement
  • Social transformation and conflict reconciliation
  • Youth
  • Gender
  • Health and wellbeing/wellness
  • Sport and HIV/AIDS
  • Sport and environment

Research activities:

  • Role of sport for development and peace in South African history
  • Evaluation of the 2010 City of Cape Town Sports Legacy Leadership Project
  • Perception of 2010 Soccer World Cup
  • Talent identification and performance enhancement in underserved communities
  • Sport as a tool in post-conflict reconciliation and nation healing in Africa
  • Sport and the Millennium Development Goals
  • Use of sports and recreation as CSR (Cooperate Social Responsibility) strategy
  • Community development through sport
  • Trans-national Intercultural Research
  • Sport and recreation in health intervention (prevention and rehabilitation)
  • Sporttherapy, exercise and HIV/AIDS

International Research Working Group on Sport, Development and Peace

The International Research Working Group on Sport, Development and Peace is hosted by ICESSD and takes place once a week, mostly Wednesday from 17:00 – 19:00.

The aims of the Research Working Group are:

  • To discuss relevant research topics
  • To discuss challenges in research activities
  • To exchange knowledge and ideas
  • To create a space for mutual support and academic development
  • To build a dynamic network of active researchers for productive interaction