From silos to a unified field? Mapping academic production in sport for development

Publikation: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftZeitschriftenaufsätzeForschungBegutachtung


In the last decade, the field of sport for development (SFD) has continued its impressive growth, including as it relates to academic output. This output, however, has not come without criticism. In particular, concerns have been raised about the quality of evidence presented, the dominance of the Global North within SFD research, and the apparent lack of transdisciplinary cooperation in the field. In the following, we take a specific interest in the last two points and use a bibliometric analysis of SFD literature to identify authorship, disciplinary and thematic patterns within this work. Overall, our results show that SFD is still a highly Northern-led field and this is reinforced by several small, highly productive, self-referential authorship consortia. In light of this, we critically assess these trends and reiterate a number of recommendations to enhance disciplinary and international collaboration in SFD.
ZeitschriftEuropean Journal for Sport and Society
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 29.08.2023


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