Research

To achieve our vision of making a positive impact on the global sport community, we must dig deeper into the critical issues affecting sport today and in the future – placing scholarly research at the core of nearly everything we do. We are unique in that our work spans across the entirety of Arizona State University.

As an interdisciplinary institute operating independently of any specific college within ASU, we have the opportunity to support a variety of sport-focused research interests that contribute to our overall goals. We do this through our own research efforts and by providing grants to researchers in individual disciplines.

Our annual seed grant program

During the fall of each academic year, the Global Sport Institute works through the Research Development office at ASU to administer a seed grant program awarding up to $20,000 per project to promote the study of sport. Previous years' themes included "Sport 2036,” “Race and Sport Around the Globe," "Sport and the Body," and “Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Sport.”

Eligible campus recipients are full-time, benefits-eligible employees or students of Arizona State University. Faculty at all levels, research scientists, post-doctoral researchers, staff members, graduate, and undergraduate students are eligible. This request for proposals includes research, multimedia, and art. Learn more about our seed grant funding.

Sex, Gender and Sexuality in Sport

For 2020-2021 our theme is "Sex, Gender and Sexuality in Sport," a theme that extends into many subtopics. We invite decision makers, industry professionals, community leaders, and scholars, inside and outside of sport to engage with us. We seek conversations, collaborations, partners, projects and beyond in order to enrich our shared knowledge of these important issues. Contact us to collaborate.

Global Sport Institute: Sex, Gender, & Sexuality in Sport

Sport and the Body

Sport and the Body

At the most basic level, the body is where sports performance begins. Now more than ever, athletes can fine-tune their bodies to maximize performance in ways that were once unimaginable. Beyond its relation to athletic performance, the outward perception of the body itself has come under more scrutiny within a sporting context. Topics include the diversity of athletic bodies, adaptive sport, gender identity and representation within sport, body image, athlete mental health, genetic testing, and more.

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Race and Sport Around the Globe

Race and Sport Around the Globe

Sport and race have historically walked hand-in-hand, both on the field and off, at all levels of competition. The goal of this research theme is to examine the role that race plays in sport, within a variety of contexts. Topics include race-based perspectives toward sports participation, the role that race may play in access to sports, fan behavior toward players of different races, underrepresentation within coaching ranks and team ownership, teams’ uses of Native American names and images, and on.

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Sport 2036

Sport 2036

For our first annual theme the Institute examined what’s ahead for sport, with a goal to formulate a progressive vision for what the future of sport could and should look like. Why focus on 2036? The date will mark the beginning of the Institute’s 20th year, but more importantly, the 100-year anniversary of Jesse Owens’ remarkable 1936 Summer Olympics victories in Berlin, achieved while using track spikes that were hand-crafted by adidas founder Adolf “Adi” Dassler. What other innovations lie ahead?

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Our Research

The Global Sport Institute conducts research that aligns with our annual themes, special initiatives, and timely topics in sport. Examples of research topics include but are not limited to:

  • What are the challenges to educating and preparing collegiate and professional athletes for their careers after playing?
  • What is the NFL doing to promote social justice?
  • What is Athlete Activism today and how has it evolved?
  • What are leagues and teams doing to combat domestic violence committed by their athletes?

Undergraduate students from the ASU's Barrett, The Honors College may get involved in the academic study of sport by assisting with research on important and impactful sports issues. Findings will be used for large-scale Global Sport Institute projects, to provide background data for our GlobalSport Matters publication, and for many other purposes as needed.

Students working in the lab can expect to spend 5-10 hours per week exploring specific assignments and producing deliverables in a format determined by one of the professors leading the lab. The number of participants is dependent on availability. If you’re a Barrett student interested in participating in the lab please contact fill out an interest form. All of our internal research findings are posted as working papers.

Image to the right is an excerpt from our NFL Social Justice Report Card, More Than Just T-Shirts and Hashtags.

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Global Sport Institute Research