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Journal Articles European Sport Management Quarterly Year : 2023

Environmental matters in sport: sustainable research in the academy

Tim Breitbarth
Andrea Collins
Anna Gerke


Research Question: Climate change continues to be a critical issue that impacts the ways we produce and consume sport. The extent to which sport responds to climate change (e.g. minimizing carbon emissions, adapting to climate impacts) will become more dire. Thus, it is crucial for sport to respond now to address current and emerging sustainability challenges. The popularity of sport can create opportunities to promote and influence individual behaviour change and drive organizational efforts to be environmentally sustainable. Research Methods: The sport management academy is currently limited in its efforts to highlight, examine, and educate industry and students on the issues raised due to changes in the natural environment and the impact on the sport sector. The five articles included in this special issue aim to begin to bridge this gap. Results and Findings: Sport is not inherently sustainable or unsustainable. We introduce this special issue to provide an overview of the current and future environmental challenges in sport management. Implications: We encourage sport researchers to critically assess existing practices and enhance the management knowledge that not only influences the world of sport and sport managers, but also policymakers and sport fans on mitigating the impacts of climate change. We hope the following articles spark ideas, discussions, and further research projects.
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Tim Breitbarth, Brian P Mccullough, Andrea Collins, Anna Gerke, David M Herold. Environmental matters in sport: sustainable research in the academy. European Sport Management Quarterly, 2023, pp.1-8. ⟨10.1080/16184742.2022.2159482⟩. ⟨hal-03969307⟩


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