Call for Papers | “Sport for Development: Opening Transdisciplinary and Intersectoral Perspectives” | Special Issue of Social Inclusion. Call ends March 31, 2019

    • Pascal Delheye (Ghent University, Belgium)
    • Kirsten Verkooijen (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
    • Dan Parnell (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
    • John Hayton (John Moores University, UK)
    • Rein Haudenhuyse (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)


Issues related to development and sport often find themselves center-staged within the broad field of social sciences in sport. However, this relatively young academic field seems to struggle to generate new fundamental theoretical insights about how organized sport can both act as an inclusive space and a vehicle for broad developmental outcomes. Questions how the field could go beyond the current state-of-the-art are seldom asked or discussed within academic debates (e.g., in dedicated journals and conferences). One possible reason for this state of affairs is a failure of sport scientists to critically engage with new theoretical developments in more mainstream scientific disciplines (and subdisciplines) such as, for example, sociology, educational sciences, economy, political sciences, gender studies, history or philosophy.

Linking sport research to multiple life and policy domains is vitally important and should, as such, include studies from a broad inter-sectoral perspective. This would also require a need for “different disciplines working jointly to create new conceptual, theoretical, methodological and translational innovations that integrate and move beyond discipline-specific approaches to address a common problem” (Sparkes & Smith, 2014, p. 242). Such a collaborative and collective approach has been described as transdisciplinary research and can lead to the development of new theories, synergies of methods in relation to sport and social inclusion (Sparkes & Smith, 2014).

This thematic issue aims to advance our scientific understanding about sport and development by adapting both a transdisciplinary and intersectoral perspective. We welcome papers from the broad applied fields of health, education, social/youth work, management, crime and rehabilitation, which focus on programs, policies and broad issues in relation to sport and development.

Instructions for Authors

Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal’s editorial policies and to send their abstracts (about 200-250 words, with a tentative title) by email to the journal’s editorial office ( by 31 March 2019.

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Deadline for Abstracts: 31 March 2019
Deadline for Full Papers: 30 June 2019
Publication of the Issue: January 2020

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