CBSI has three main areas of research that consider the social impact of sport. These are:
- The Business of Sport and eSport
Lead Researcher: Dr Stephen Frawley
- Sport Governance and Integrity
Lead Researcher: Associate Professor Daryl Adair
- Sport for Development
Lead Researcher: Associate Professor Nico Schulenkorf
- Financial history lesson after pandemic maul: New research examining four decades of Rugby Australia annual reports charts the success and growing volatility of its revenue streams.
- Hidden women of history: An Indigenous swimmer from Tasmania who saved her captors: Aboriginal women and girls in lutruwita (Tasmania or Van Diemen’s Land) were superb swimmers and divers. This article explores a historic daring rescue at sea by an Indigenous swimmer in Tasmania.
- Cricket Australia’s new gender rules give much-needed clarity to athletes and clubs: This article discusses the new gender rules from Cricket Australia and explores the associated benefits and challenges.
- Analysing the commercial development of Australian rugby utilising financial reporting: The purpose of this paper is to explore the financial growth and development of the governing body of Rugby Union in Australia, now known as Rugby Australia. In doing so, the research observes Rugby Australia’s transformation from a small amateur organisation into a multi-million dollar enterprise.
- Consumer behaviour toward a new league and teams: television audiences as a measure of market acceptance: This paper tracks determines whether immediate preferences towards new local teams can be observed in the broader viewing behaviour of the general population within local markets and tracks this consumption longitudinally to understand the influence of consumer novelty on market behaviour.
- Women and Leadership Development in Australian Sport Organizations: The purpose of this study was to explore the leadership development practices adopted by key stakeholders of the Australian sports industry, with the intention to uncover how they impact the role of women in different organizations.
- Sport-for-development: A comprehensive analysis of theoretical and conceptual advancements: In this review paper, the authors provide a comprehensive analysis and discussion of the theoretical and conceptual developments within Sport for Development.
- Guiding qualitative inquiry in sport-for-development: The sport in development settings (SPIDS) research framework: This paper applies practical examples from the Sport for Development field to the process-oriented sport in development settings (SPIDS) research framework and discuss its individual sections in a step-by-step manner.
- Design thinking and sport for development: enhancing organizational innovation: This is a scoping study to determine if and how Sport for Development research and practice aligns with five established themes of design thinking practice.
- Sport for Social Change: Bridging the Theory–Practice Divide: This paper answers the call to explore the nature of theory development within the sport for social change landscape
- Managing sport-for-development and healthy lifestyles: The sport-for-health model: In this paper, the authors critically reflect on their lived experiences and the underpinning management processes of the Wokabaot Jalens, a health-focused SFD initiative in Vanuatu. The authors propose the sport-for-health model as a flexible conceptual tool that establishes the nexus between sport management, health promotion, sociocultural development, policy, and sustainability.
- Re-engaging local youth for sustainable sport-for-development: In this paper, the authors examine ways in which Re-engaged youth of the Blue Dragon Children Foundation’s SFD program contribute to sustainable management and indirectly to community development within a disadvantaged community setting in Hanoi, Vietnam.
- Sustaining commercial viability and community benefits: management and leverage of a sport-for-development event: This study examines how an event business strategically manages and leverages an event to sustain its commercial viability, while focusing on generating social benefits for the community, through the lens of sport for development theory.
- Strong intentions but diminished impact: Following up with former participants in a sport for development and peace setting: Guided by Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) and organizational capacity literature, this study aimed to evaluate an SDP program through the lens of former participants who were willing to discuss their experience and subsequent lifestyle changes.
- Constraints and Strategies to Scaling Up in Sport for Development and Peace Organizations: Evidence From the Field: The purpose of this study was to explore and examine the constraints faced by managers as they attempt to scale up their sport for development and peace (SDP) organizations, and to identify the strategies they are employing to mitigate these constraints.
Innovation in sport for development and peace: The purpose of this special issue was to highlight research on the role of innovation in SDP practice and call for future efforts to contribute to the growth and sustainability of the industry.
- Managing psychological contracts: employer-employee expectations and non-athlete Pasifika professionals in the National Rugby League (NRL): This article uses psychological contract to explore workplace expectations of non-athlete Pasifika employees and their employers in the NRL, either within the league or clubs
- Consumer behaviour toward a new league and teams: television audiences as a measure of market acceptance: Research into new sport teams has maintained a narrow focus on season ticket holders. This is redressed in this study by determining whether immediate preferences towards new local teams can be observed in the broader viewing behaviour of the general population within local markets.
- Sport event sponsorship management from the sponsee’s perspective: Drawing upon brand alliance literature and relationship marketing theory, this paper discusses learnings from the management of sponsor-sponsee relationships at a major sport event.
- Exploring sport and intergroup relations in Fiji: guidance for researchers undertaking short-term ethnography: This paper provides guidance as to how scholars might prepare for short-term ethnography (STE) in field work, along with the limitations and constraints of such an approach.
- The role of sport in reflecting and shaping group dynamics: The “intergroup relations continuum” and its application to Fijian rugby and soccer: The authors present a qualitative framework—the Intergroup Relations Continuum (IRC)—by which to map intergroup relations as they apply in Fiji according to identity, ethnicity and sport. While the IRC is applied here in a Fijian context, the model is intended to be generalizable, aiming to provide a practical instrument for researchers, sport managers, policymakers and local stakeholders.
- Indo-Fijian women and sportive activity: A critical race feminism approach: There are no reliable statistics about female participation in Fijian sport, yet it is well known by locals (though not widely understood) that engagement in sportive activities is rare among Indo-Fijian girls and women. This paper is the first attempt to explore how and why that is so.
- Empowering voices from the past: The playing experiences of retired Pasifika rugby league athletes in Australia: This research explores the lived experiences of 10 retired Pasifika (Pacific Islander and Māori) rugby league players who migrated to Australia after 1969. This research aims to help empower past, and to a lesser extent, rethink present, Pasifika voices in sport-related labour migration, and sport career experiences in rugby league.
Senate Inquiry Submissions
- Should there be a $100 million federal community sport grants program at all? Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Administration of Sport Grants: It is questionable whether national funds designed to be allocated in small amounts paid directly to local community organisations have a part to play in a federal system. Apart from the clear temptation for pork-barrelling, they make no sense in terms of efficiency and rational policy, particularly when, as is the case with sport and recreation, there is already a system in place to assess local community needs.