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Univ. Prof. Astrid Schubring is full professor of sociology of sport at the German Sports University Cologne and head of the Sociology of sport section at the Institute for Sociology and Gender Studies.

She received her doctorate from the University of Tübingen (2014) and her habilitation at the Department of Food, and Nutrition and Sports Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2019). She worked at the University of Halmstad, the University of Tübingen and the University of Heidelberg, among others.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of the sociology of sport, the body and health. Her central subject areas are:

  • Athlete health and health management in competitive sports,
  • Career paths of Olympic and Paralympic athletes,
  • Socialization and learning processes in school and organized sports,
  • Body ideals in adolescence,
  • Biographical research in sport,
  • Social sustainability of sport, and
  • Innovative and participatory research designs.

Dissertation topic

Growth as a Challenge: A Sociological Analysis of the Growth Management of Youth Elite Athletes, and their Coache


German Sport University Cologne

Institute of Sociology and Gender Studies

Visitors: IG VI, Kirchweg 2, 4th floor

Post: Am Sportpark Müngersdorf 6

D-50933 Köln

Phone: +49-4982-3771 or -7240 (secretary's office)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, 193 UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg


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