Dr. Adam Cohen is a Lecturer for Sport Management at UTS. His primary research focus is in the area of sport-for-development (SFD), social justice, and youth sport participation and impact. He seeks to examine the impact of sport in a broader and more global spectrum along with assessing social entrepreneurship, volunteer motivation/impact, and collaborations and partnerships. In addition, he investigates the nature of impact and inclusivity within a sport setting, especially within youth sports and non-traditional sport mediums.
Raised in the Boston area, his previous teaching experience was for three years as an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University.
NASSM member and 2017 NASSM Research Fellow
Can supervise: YES
Sport for development, sport for social change, inclusivity and sport participation, gender equality and sport.
Cohen, A, Taylor, E & Hanrahan, S 2020, 'Strong intentions but diminished impact: Following up with former participants in a sport for development and peace setting', Sport Management Review.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2019 Sport for development and peace (SDP) scholars have stressed the need for monitor and evaluation efforts to not simply highlight positive outcomes. Potential barriers regarding successful evaluation of SDP programs are the focus on positive and biased perspectives of participants and limited long-term data. Guided by 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. The researchers were particularly interested in the feasibility of long-term habit change through an 8-week intervention. While findings revealed an initial positive impact (e.g. fitness, eating habits, and socializing) because of the program, these results were seemingly mitigated over time due to a lack of additional programming and influence of cultural norms.
Shin, N, Cohen, A & Welty Peachey, J 2020, 'Advancing the sport for development field: Perspectives of practitioners on effective organizational management', Journal of sport for development, vol. 8, no. 14.
Welty Peachey, J, Cohen, A & Shin, N 2020, 'Constraints and Strategies to Scaling Up in Sport for Development and Peace Organizations: Evidence from the Field', Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.View/Download from: Publisher's site
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. Previous research has not examined constraints to scaling up in the SDP nonprofit space. Findings revealed three major themes related to challenges within four types of scaling up (quantitative, functional, political, organizational); skepticism about sport as a development tool, funding challenges leading to an entrepreneurial mind-set, and challenges associated with a general lack of business acumen among key leaders. Within each of these three themes, strategies for addressing these constraints are illuminated. These constraints and strategies are positioned within the broader nonprofit context, and theoretical and practical implications for scaling up SDP organizations are also explicated.
While previous studies in sport management have focused on the positive impacts of experiential learning, few have highlighted the difficulties or negative occurrences in an experiential learning–based course. Thus, the purpose of this study was to critically assess an experiential learning class in an effort to highlight strategies to enhance future classroom efforts. Three overarching themes emerged from the data that were deemed influential to student perceptions of the class: course structure, student investment, and classroom environment. Within each of these themes, the authors highlight the positive and negative experiences of students. Finally, they highlight strategies aimed to increase effectiveness and minimize negative outcomes in an experiential classroom setting.
Cohen, A & Ballouli, K 2018, 'Benefits of Writing for Passion, not for Promotion', Sport & Entertainment Review, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 20-23.
Cohen, A & Ballouli, K 2018, 'Exploring the cultural intersection of music, sport and physical activity among at-risk youth', International Review for the Sociology of Sport, vol. 53, no. 3.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Peachey, JW, Musser, A, Shin, NR & Cohen, A 2018, 'Interrogating the motivations of sport for development and peace practitioners', INTERNATIONAL REVIEW FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT, vol. 53, no. 7, pp. 767-787.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Welty Peachey, J, Cohen, A, Shin, N & Fusaro, B 2018, 'Challenges and strategies of building and sustaining inter-organizational partnerships in sport for development and peace', Sport Management Review, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 160-175.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2017 Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand. While sport management scholars have explored inter-organizational partnerships and their associated challenges, they have devoted less attention to inter-organizational partnership development and sustainability in sport for development and peace (SDP), particularly across a wide range of organizations with varied missions and foci. Hence, the purpose of this qualitative study was to examine challenges faced by SDP organizations when forming and sustaining inter-organizational partnerships across contexts and partnership types, and to uncover strategies they have employed to overcome these challenges. Common challenges encountered across 29 SDP organizations included competition for resources, skepticism of sport as a development tool, unequal power relations, misaligned goals and mission drift, and implementation issues. Strategies included focusing on building relationships and networks, demonstrating benefits to partner, starting small then diversifying, keeping focused on mission and goals, involving partner, and treating the partnership as a business relationship. Theoretical extensions and practical implications are discussed, along with directions for future research.
Cohen, A & Levine, J 2016, '"This class has opened up my eyes": Assessing outcomes of a sport-for-development curriculum on sport management graduate students', JOURNAL OF HOSPITALITY LEISURE SPORT & TOURISM EDUCATION, vol. 19, pp. 97-103.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Peachey, JW & Cohen, A 2016, 'Research Partnerships in Sport for Development and Peace: Challenges, Barriers, and Strategies', JOURNAL OF SPORT MANAGEMENT, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 282-297.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Smith, NL, Cohen, A & Pickett, AC 2016, 'Exploring the motivations and outcomes of long-term international sport-for-development volunteering for American Millennials', Journal of Sport and Tourism, vol. 19, no. 3-4, pp. 299-316.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2016 Taylor & Francis.Volunteer tourism is the fastest growing segment of the alternative tourism market and often a key feature of sport-for-development organizational models. The growing commercialization of this alternative tourism threatens efforts to build a sustainable model of long-term positive outcomes for both the host community and guest volunteers. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the motivations and impacts that a long-term international experience with a sport-for-development initiative had on volunteers from the United States. The authors spent five weeks in Granada and conducted semi-structured interviews with key personnel including out-going yearlong volunteer interns, incoming yearlong volunteer interns, and local Nicaraguan full-time staff. Guided by the volunteer motivational literature, data analysis illustrated three key findings. The most prominent theme involved the motivation of going abroad to gain a cultural experience, in particular to increase global understanding and provide social gains. In addition, our results illustrate the motivations of one's career and professional goals, and the ability to give back to a foreign culture through the use of sport. This demonstrates the potential for sport-for-development organizations to successfully incorporate volunteer tourism into a sustainable model based on specific volunteer recruitment and structure of their experiences.
Welty Peachey, J, Cohen, A & Musser, A 2016, ''A phone call changed my life': Exploring the motivations of sport for development and peace scholars', Journal of sport for development, vol. 4, no. 7, pp. 58-70.
Cohen, A & Peachey, JW 2015, 'Quidditch: Impacting and Benefiting Participants in a Non-Fictional Manner', JOURNAL OF SPORT & SOCIAL ISSUES, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 521-544.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Cohen, A & Peachey, JW 2015, 'The making of a social entrepreneur: From participant to cause champion within a sport-for-development context', SPORT MANAGEMENT REVIEW, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 111-125.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Lobpries, J, Hodge, C & Cohen, A 2015, 'Will Motivated Players Help Women's Professional Leagues Survive? Investigating the Motives and Needs of National Pro Fastpitch Players', International Journal of Sport Management, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 1-24.
Peachey, JW, Borland, J, Lobpries, J & Cohen, A 2015, 'Managing impact: Leveraging sacred spaces and community celebration to maximize social capital at a sport-for-development event', SPORT MANAGEMENT REVIEW, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 86-98.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Peachey, JW, Bruening, J, Lyras, A, Cohen, A & Cunningham, GB 2015, 'Examining Social Capital Development Among Volunteers of a Multinational Sport-for-Development Event', JOURNAL OF SPORT MANAGEMENT, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 27-41.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Peachey, JW, Cunningham, GB, Lyras, A, Cohen, A & Bruening, J 2015, 'The Influence of a Sport-for-Peace Event on Prejudice and Change Agent Self-Efficacy', JOURNAL OF SPORT MANAGEMENT, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 229-244.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Welty Peachey, J & Cohen, A 2015, 'Reflections from scholars on barriers and strategies in sport-for-development research', Journal of sport for development, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 16-27.
Cohen, A, Melton, EN & Peachey, JW 2014, 'Investigating a Coed Sport's Ability to Encourage Inclusion and Equality', JOURNAL OF SPORT MANAGEMENT, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 220-235.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Peachey, JW, Cunningham, G, Lyras, A, Cohen, A & Bruening, J 2014, 'Exploring participant motivations to take part in an elite, multinational, sport-for-development event', Event Management, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 153-168.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2014 Cognizant Comm. Corp. One neglected area of research in sport event management has been to examine the motivations of individuals to take part in large, multinational sport-for-development (SFD) events. The importance of examining such motivations is highlighted by SFD's frequent struggle with attracting individuals to the programs, despite well-meaning intentions and agendas. Hence, we undertook this study to examine participant motivations for attending the World Scholar-Athlete Games and World Youth Peace Summit, a combined, multinational SFD event with a peace agenda set in the US. We conducted two studies-one quantitatively focused and the other through personal interviews and focus groups. Results from both studies revealed that individuals were motivated to participate in order to engage in world learning, for skill development, and for the opportunity to travel, with world learning being the most prominent factor. International participants had higher mean scores on all factors than domestic participants, and sport participants were more motivated by skill development than fine arts participants. These findings imply that sport events with a peace focus should highlight socialization opportunities and the mission of the organization to attract participants, while still providing an environment of healthy competition and skill development.
Peachey, JW, Lyras, A, Cohen, A, Bruening, JE & Cunningham, GB 2014, 'Exploring the Motives and Retention Factors of Sport-For-Development Volunteers', NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR QUARTERLY, vol. 43, no. 6, pp. 1052-1069.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Peachey, JW, Cohen, A, Borland, J & Lyras, A 2013, 'Building social capital: Examining the impact of Street Soccer USA on its volunteers', INTERNATIONAL REVIEW FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 20-37.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Welty Peachey, J, Lyras, A, Borland, J & Cohen, A 2013, 'Street soccer USA cup: Preliminary findings of a sport-for-homeless intervention', ICHPER -- SD Journal of Research in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport & Dance, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 3-11.
Over the last decade, the emerging field of sport-for-development (SFD) has advanced global efforts of related and applied scholarship and programming. While most of the existing SFD body of knowledge addresses social challenges of the "global south", today's economic global recession spreads challenges beyond these regions. Scholars and practitioners of this emerging field are called to address this gap with related and applied scholarship and programming in the "global north." Thus, the purpose of this preliminary study was to investigate the perceived impact of the U.S.-based Street Soccer USA Cup on its homeless participants and identify the event's structures and processes that can facilitate positive outcomes. Data collection consisted of conducting focus group interviews with 11 players and six coaches, and engaging in direct observations. Data were analyzed through the process of open, axial, and selective coding. Results indicated positive perceived impact on participants through building a sense of community, creating hope, cultivating an outward focus, fostering goal achievement, and enhancing personal development. The Cup was effective in achieving positive impact through creating a celebratory and festive space for social interaction, and by creating an inclusive climate where achievement was celebrated. Findings derived from this research provide intriguing foundations for further research and development of the SFD field.
Cohen, A, Brown, B & Peachey, JW 2012, 'The intersection of pop culture and non-traditional sports: An examination of the niche market of quidditch', International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, vol. 12, no. 3-4, pp. 180-197.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The real sport of quidditch was recently adapted from the fictional sport of the same namesake in the Harry Potter (HP) franchise. Quidditch is played at hundreds of locations across the USA and around the world. Considering the lack of marketing research on non-traditional, co-ed sports and the innovative nature of quidditch, the purpose of this research was to conduct a qualitative, grounded theory study (Strauss and Corbin, 1990) on the athletes and determine how involvement and identification is associated with these individuals becoming a viable niche market within the sports industry. Five factors led towards a desire to partake in quidditch and become involved and identified with the sport: identification with Harry Potter, camaraderie and friendship, desire to have fun, desire to try something new, and desire to get in shape. Copyright © 2012 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Cohen, A & Baloulli, K 2016, 'Music, Sport and Physical Activity: Intersecting to Yield Positive Impact.', North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference, Orlando.
Brown, B, Cohen, A & Bennett, G 1970, 'Using Motivational Theories to Enhance Attendance', Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Boston, pp. A92-A92.