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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. She received her BSc from the University of Alabama in the United States and her MA degree from Bifrost University in Iceland. In 2015, she received her PhD from Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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.