Keynotes

Ørnulf Seippel

Ørnulf Seippel is a professor of sociology of sport at the Norwegian School of Sport Science. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Oslo and has previously worked at Institute for Social Research, Norwegian University of science and technology and Norwegian Social Research. Seippel’s research interests cover sport organizations, volunteering/professionalization, sport politics, social integration, social capital, social networks, social inequalities and text analysis.

Hanna Vehmas

Hanna Vehmas (Senior Lecturer, Ph.D.) has a background in Sociology (M.Sc. University of Turku) and Sport Sociology (PhD University of Jyväskylä). Since 1999 she has worked as a lecturer and researcher in sport sociology and sport management at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, mainly teaching international students in Sport Management and Health Promotion. Her research interests and activities focus especially on sport participation, the societal role of physical activity and private sport sector. Currently Dr Vehmas acts as the Secretary General of the European Association for Sociology of Sport (EASS).

Þórdís Lilja Gísladóttir

Thórdís Gísladóttir, from Iceland, is an Assistant Professor in the Sport- and Health department of the School of Education, University of Iceland. 

Her research fields of interest are youth health and well-being, and the effects of sport in society. She has published articles on physical fitness, motor competence, and the effects of sport and physical activity for youth. She conducted the first ever study on the economic value of sport in Icelandic society.

Thórdís has served as an athletics coach for two decades at the biggest athletics club in Iceland, coaching both youth and elite athletes. She has been a board member of the Reykjavik Sports Union and a member on several comities for the Municipality of Reykjavík, as well as the Directory of Health and Ministry of Education in Iceland.

Johan Norberg

Johan R Norberg is Professor in Sport Sciences at Malmö University and researcher in Sweden in the fields of sport policy and sport governance. He wrote a thesis in history concerning government support to sports and outdoor recreation in Sweden during the 20th century. He was Chief Secretary of the Sports Committee of inquiry 2007‐2008. Since 2010, he is researcher at The Swedish Research Council for Sport Sciences  with the task to evaluate government support to sports. 

Bjarne Ibsen

Bjarne Ibsen is a professor at the Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

The governing idea in his research is sociological analyses of the civil society and voluntary associations, primarily in the field of sport, physical activity and health but also in other areas of society. The particular focus of this research is voluntary work in the civil society, the characteristics of voluntary associations, the relations between the voluntary and the public sector, changes in the pattern of associations, social capital and health and physical activity policy. In addition, I also do research in physical activity and sports participation, the organization of sport and sports policy.

Bård Erlend Solstad

Bård Erlend is employed as a researcher at The Norwegian Research Centre for Children and Youth Sports. In his project they order to investigate whether there are differences between qualified coaches and parents who are engaged as coaches in Norwegian children and youth sports.  In addition, the Norwegian Research Centre for Children and Youth Sports intends to develop guidelines in order to provide guidance to adults who are engaged in children and youth sports. 

Anna-Maria Strittmatter

Dr. Anna-Maria Strittmatter is an assistent professor and Head of Sport Management at the Norwegian School of Sport Science.

Her research focuses on youth sport governance within and outside organized sports, as well as sport event management.