Dr Gerd Ahlert is currently a consultant researcher with the Institute of Economic Structures Research in Osnabrueck, Germany. He has also been a research assistant in the Department of Economics at the University of Osnabrueck. He has developed a sport specific macroeconomic simulation model with a detailed sport data set (with Professor B. Meyer, University of Osnabrueck) and has been preparing an impact study of the hosting of the Football World Cup in Germany in 2006. In 2003/4 he produced a tourism satellite account (TSA) for the German national government as part of a European commission research programme. In 2004 he carried out an analysis for the German Ministry of the Interior to quantify the potential macroeconomic impact of the Leipzig bid to become the host city for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He has published several appraisal reports, papers and contributions to books as well as Die okonomischen Perspektiven des Sports (2000, with B. Meyer).
Dr Nick Aplin is an Associate Professor, who lectures in the Cultural Foundations of Sport and the Social History of Sport in Singapore at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has published a number of articles and book chapters on sport in Singapore and South East Asia. He is the author of To The Finishing Line (2002) and has just completed the first encyclopaedia of Olympians from Singapore with co-authors David Waters and Leong May Lai. Currently he is co-authoring an anthology of the recent chess games of Garry Kasparov with International Master Tibor Karolyi of Hungary.
Dr. Kathy Van den Bergh has been a researcher at the Department of Sports Policy and Management of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels in Belgium since 2000. She is preparing a Ph.D. in Sports Sociology and Policy (‘Sport and multiculturality. The role of sport for the development of social capital’). Her research interests are: sports policy, (quality) management and sociology in general, and specific target groups (immigrants, disabled people) and school sport in particular. She has been a lecturer in choreographical dance analysis (2002-2003) and sports sociology (2004-2005) at the Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels.
Dr Chris Gratton is Professor of Sport Economics and Director of the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a specialist in the economic analysis of the sport market. He is co-author (with Peter Taylor) of six books specifically on the sport and leisure industry (including Sport and Recreation: An Economic Analysis and The Economics of Sport and Recreation) and together they have published over 100 articles in academic and professional journals. SIRC has developed a specific expertise in the study and evaluation of the staging of major events. Although the focus of most of these studies has been the economic impact of the events, the most recent have included a broadening of the evaluation criteria to incorporate value for money indicators and public profile indicators (through analysis of media coverage).
Dr Munehiko Harada is a Professor at the Osaka University of Health and
Sport Sciences, Osaka, Japan. He has degrees from Kyoto University of
Education, Tsukuba University and Pennsylvania State University. Previously he taught at the National Institute of Fitness and Sport. He is author of several books and articles on the economic analysis of leisure and sport in Japan. He is currently working as a member of the consultative committee on the management of the J. League (Japan professional football league) and as a member of the ‘golden plan’ committee of the JOC (Japan Olympic Committee).
Dr. John Horne is Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport and Leisure at
the University of Edinburgh. He has published several articles and book
chapters on sport, leisure and popular culture and is the co-author of
Understanding Sport (1999) and co-editor of Sport, Leisure and Social
Relations (1987), Japan, Korea and the 2002 World Cup (2002) and Football
Goes East: Business, Culture and the People’s Game in China, Japan and
Korea. Currently he is writing a book on sport in consumer culture.
Dr. M.Mustafa Ishak is an Associate Professor at the University of Utara in Malaysia. He has recently completed his term as the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the university. Currently, he is on sabbatical leave at the Institute of Occidental Studies (IKON), University Kebangsaan in Malaysia. His main research interests are ethnicity and nationalism, sports and nation-building, and leadership and politics. He has published, co-authored and edited a number of books and articles on several topics. He is currently working on a book on the politics of nation-building in Malaysia.
Dr Sombat Karnjanakit is Professor in the School of Sports Science at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. He has degrees from the universities of Chulalongkorn, California State, Missouri State and Houston, Texas. He has been the recipient of many prestigious honours and awards and has been President of the Sport Psychology Society of Thailand. He is currently a Vice-President of the Asian Society for Physical Education, Sport and Dance (ASPESD). He has been an invited speaker at conferences in the USA, Austria, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and China. He is the author and co-author of 12 textbooks in Physical Education, Sport Psychology and Recreation Science and numerous papers in related subjects.
Dr Wolfram Manzenreiter is Assistant Professor at the Institute of East Asian Studies, Vienna University, where he lectures on modern Japanese society. His major research interests are concerned with the social and economic implications of sport in contemporary Japan. He is author of several books and articles on popular culture, leisure and sport in Japan. Currently he is working on a new book on Sport and Nation in Japan. Recent publications include the co-edited volumes Football Goes East. Business, Culture and the People’s Game in East Asia (2004) and Japan, Korea and the 2002 World Cup (2002, both with John Horne) and the monographs The Social Construction of Japanese Mountaineering (2000), and Pachinko Monogatari: Japan's Gambling Industry (1998; both published in German.
Salomé Marivoet is a researcher with the Centro de Investigação de Estudos de Sociologia do ISCTE (Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e Empresa) and has lectured at the Faculdade de Ciências do Desporto e Educação Física of the Universidade de Coimbra and the Faculdade de Motricidade Humana da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. She is the author of two studies on Portuguese sports habits, coordinated the Portugese investigation in a European Council research project on the profile of the violence in sport, and has been an expert adviser to the European project Eurofan. She has also been a member of the Extended Board of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA). She is the author and co-author of many books and articles on the sociology of sport, violence and hooliganism, including Aspectos Sociológicos do Desporto (1998 and 2002), ‘Portugal’ in J. Coakley and E. Dunning eds. (2000) Handbook of Sports Studies, ‘Violent disturbances in Portuguese football’ in E. Dunning et al. eds. (2002) Fighting Fans and ‘The Public at Football Stadiums’ in Comeron, M. and Vanbellingen, P. eds. (2002) Prevention of violence in football stadiums in Europe.
Dr Francesc Muñoz is professor of urban geography at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has also taught on the Architecture and Urbanism European programs at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, in Barcelona, and the Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam. His professional experience includes both research and consulting work in fields such as urban demography, strategic planning and specific assessment in urban and cultural projects - working for institutions like the International Olympic Committee. He has participated as a Fellow in prestigious research meetings such as the Salzburg Seminar and as an expert of the Council of Europe. He has published numerous articles on Urban Studies and Architecture and has participated in several collective books in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia and the USA. His most recent forthcoming work includes a contribution to the Urban Studies Review entitled ‘Cities, International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning’ and a first book urBANALización: Paisajes comunes, lugares globales (‘urBANALization: Common Landscapes, Global Places’) G.Gili, Barcelona.
Dr. Xu Xin is Associate Professor of International Relations at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan (on leave during the 2004-2005 academic year) and a John M. Olin Fellow on National Security at Harvard University. His specialty is Chinese foreign policy, East Asian international relations, and Asia Pacific studies. He has published articles and book chapters about China’s integration into the international system, the Taiwan question, and Asia Pacific regionalism. Currently he is working on a book about China’s complex identity politics and the new Taiwan issue after the cold war.
Dr. Yi Jiandong is an associate professor in the Sport Social Sciences Department and Director of the Teaching and Research Section for Sport Journalism at the Beijing Sport University. He has published almost 100 articles on the history and culture of sport, sports journalism and communication, as well as some dealing with sports and its economic and social influences. He is the author of An Introduction to Sport Culture Studies (1998) and Sport Economy History in China (2003). Currently he is writing two books entitled, Sport History in China and Process of Sport Humanities and Social Science Studies in China.
Non-attending co-authors of papers
Michael Craw is a Teaching Fellow, who lectures in Sports Management at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has published a number of books on golf and the promotion of the game with young players.
Dr David Whitson is Professor of Political Science, University of Alberta in Canada. He is co-author (with Donald Macintosh) of The Game Planners, (with Trevor Slack, Ann Hall and Gary Smith) of Sport in Canadian Society and (with Richard Gruneau) of Hockey Night in Canada. He has written numerous articles on the use of sports and other hallmark events in urban regeneration strategies, sport and the mass media and sport and masculinity. He is currently editing a collection of articles about hockey in Canada.