Internationally renowned academic experts in social sciences and humanities are invited every year to become visiting professors of the International Chair in Olympism (IOC-UAB) in order to contribute to the development of a line of research and to the scientific dissemination of a specific aspect of the Olympic phenomenon.
As holders of the Chair, these experts take part in the CEO-UAB’s research projects, contribute to the dissemination of academic content and give talks and seminars organised during their research period at the UAB.
Director of the International Research Academy for Olympics and Intercultural Studies and Professor of anthropology and sociology at Inje University (Korea). Prof. Kang has specialised on the cultural dimension of the Olympic Games since Seoul 1988.
Director of the School of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto (Canada). Prof. Kidd specialises in sports economics, sociology and physical education.
Dr. Norbert Müller is Emeritus Professor in Sport Sciences at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), founder of the group of research in olympic studies in the same university and Senior Professor at the University of Kaiserslaute. He is also President of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee and member of the IOC Commission of […]
Dr. Panagiotopoulou is professor of sociology at the Faculty of Media Studies at Athens University and has a wide ranging experience in the research of communication, regional television, new technologies and e-govern. Her research interest on the Olympics focuses on media planning of the Games, the analysis of television coverage of Olympic ceremonies and volunteers, […]
Visiting Professor at Charles University in Prague and Consultant at Palacky University. He was senior lecturer in philosophy and Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom), and founder of the British Olympic Academy. Dr. Parry is a recognised specialist in Olympic education and the ethical perspective of doping.
Gavin Poynter is Chair, London East Research Institute (LERI) and Professor of Social Sciences at the University of East London. He has carried out research into industrial restructuring and economic regeneration; knowledge, culture and the rise of the new economy; management and work organisation in the service sector and historical patterns of innovation and technological […]
Professor of Social Science and Director of the Social Science artistic programme at the University of Chicago (United States). Prof. MacAloon specialises in cultural anthropology and sociology.
Professor at the School of Communication of the University of Washington in Seattle (United States). Professor Rivenburgh specialises in television, cultural exchange and the Olympic Games.
Professor Andrew Billings is Doctor in Communication and Culture by the University of Indiana, and professor at the Department of Communication Studies at Clemson University, United States. Andrew Billings is one of the main international experts in gender, ethnicity and nationality in televised sport.
Dr. Binder is an expert on education in the Olympic and sport values and has a broad academic and professional experience in this area. Graduated in Sociology by the University of Calgary (1968), she focused her doctoral thesis in the University of Alberta (2002) on the implementation of Olympic education programmes in schools.
Dr Boyle is Professor in Communications at the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow, and Co-Director of the Masters Programme in Media Management. His research interest in sport and the media has resulted in a number of publications
Dr. Brownell is an internationally recognized expert on Chinese sports. She has been researching Chinese sports for over twenty years, beginning with her experience as a college athlete in China in 1985. She is the author of Training the Body for China: Sports in the Moral Order of the People’s Republic , and Beijing’s Games: […]
Associate professor in history and former director of the Australian Centre for Olympic Studies. His research focuses on the legacy of the Olympic Games and their impacts on the host community, as well as the history of the Olympic Games.
Professor and Head of the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States). Prof. Chalip research focuses on the impact of the Olympic Games on the sports and tourism policy in host cities, with a special focus on the Sydney 2000 Games.
Lamartine DaCosta is teacher of history of the sport at the University Gama Filho of Brazil and vice president of the Brazilian Olympic Academy. He collaborates with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Trim and Fitness International Sport for All Association (TAFISA) and member of the IOC Olympic Studies Centre Research Council. One of his […]
Vice-president of the International Olympic Committee and President of the LA84 Foundation (United States). Mrs. DeFrantz was appointed as visiting professor of the International Chair in Olympism in 1998. During her visit to Barcelona, Miss. DeFrantz gave a conference on Sport for All and Olympism.
Jill Haynes is Head of Programmes at Book Aid International. She was appointed as visiting professor of the International Chair in Olympism in 2001, while she was Manager of the National Sport Information Centre of the Australian Sports Commission.