Professor Dr Grant Jarvie (Honorary Doctorate)

Chair of Sport - University of Edinburgh; Founding Director Academy of Sport; Professor - University of Toronto

  • University of Edinburgh - Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • University of Edinburgh- Academy of Sport
  • University ot Toronto

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Background

Grant Jarvie is Professor and Chair of Sport at the University of Edinburgh where he leads the Academy of Sport.  He is a visiting research Professor with the University of Toronto, has considerable senior management experience of leading universities, chairing public bodies and has been fortunate enough to hold established Chairs and lead teams (schools, departments, research centre’s, portfolio’s) in three different universities.

He holds a DPhil (University of Leicester) an MA (Queen’s University, Canada) and has been awarded an Honorary DPhil (Taiwan) for services to international education and sport. He has completed the Leadership Foundation Top Management Programme and has recently delivered Scottish Development International Thought Leadership seminars in Singapore and Toronto.

Grant’s work is concentrated in three areas education, sport and international relations through which he has been committed to social change, policies tackling inequality and interventions designed to alter life chances. He has consistently advocated for sport to be recognised as an effective national and international social and economic tool and championed the role of the university in developing human capabilities, cities and opportunities as well as leading organizational change within universities.

Grant has been accountable for university budgets, chaired finance & audit and remuneration committee’s, represented universities on the Scottish Principal’s Executive Group and advised different political parties on the costs of Scottish Higher Education.

He led the development of the Winning Students Scheme funded by the Scottish Funding Council, Chaired the review of university admissions systems to ensure that they were fair and just in the light of new Scottish Qualifications and steered with others the development of the National Para Sports Centre in Scotland.

Grant has advised a number of governments (including Scotland, United Kingdom, Montenegro, Malaysia, Romania, Portugal and Kenya). He recently led a workshop on sport, peace and conflict resolution for senior government officials from 70 different countries sponsored by the Prince Albert Foundation. With the University of Edinburgh, he helped to organise and support the 2015 World Sports Summit in Cape Town supported by the Handa Foundation. He is an adviser to UNESCO. He has advised on sports diplomacy, sport  for development, equality, diversity and community engagement and helped international sports organisations advance social returns on invetment. 

Responsibilities & affiliations

He balances a career in education and research with a commitment to public engagement and communities having served or serving on the Boards of the National Sports Agency for Scotland, the British Council (Erasmus) the Quality Assurance Agency for Scotland, East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust, The Scottish Sports Hall of Fame, the steering group for the development of the Beechwood Campus in Inverness (UHI), CMB International Strategy Board, the Prince Albert Foundation and the Scottish Football Association Advisory Board. 

He is an associate member of the Iona Community primarily involved in philanthropic fundraising for the work of the community and the restoration of Iona Abbey. Born in Bellshill, and schooled in Scotland Grant comes from an international sporting family. 

Undergraduate teaching

  • Development of the first MOOC- Football More than a Game (Non-Credit bearing version, free access to education) 
  • Global Impact of Sport Summer and Winter Schools 
  • Football More than a Game- 5 Credits at level 7 - delivered in areas of multiple deprivation across Scotland 

Postgraduate teaching

  • Supervision of Phd and Msc research students 
  • Sport, Society and International Development MSc Core Course

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Areas of interest for supervision

It would be great to talk to potential PhD students from all over the world who want to make a difference in the world through sport and related activities. We have a good track record of success, introducing you to a world wide network, welcoming you into a critical mass and family of PhD students across the University working on sport, physical activity, physical education topics and much more. 

Grant’s work is concentrated in three areas education, sport and international relations through which he has been committed to social change, policies tackling inequality and interventions designed to alter life chances. He has consistently advocated for sport to be recognised as an effective national and international social and economic tool and championed the role of the university and sport in developing human capabilities, cities and opportunities. He has a wealth of experience of working in the real world of sport as well as the university. 

 

Have a more detailed look at http://www.ed.ac.uk/education/institutes/spehs/academy-of-sport

 

Current PhD students supervised

 

  • Yujin Xu- An Experiential Approach to Cross Cultural Education - drawing on the case study of sail training
  • Mason Robbins- Football, Money and Sports Rankings 
  • Matthew Holmes - Sport for Development in Zambia 
  • Corissa Vella White - Small State Sport Systems 
  • David Meir - Sport, International Development and Social Change 
  • Tavis Smith - joint supervision with the University of Toronto 
  • Christos Tomatzu- Education through Football 

Past PhD students supervised

Grant has supervised more than 30 Phd's (Full-time; Part-Time and by Publication)

Many have gone  on to secure posts including: 

  • Irene Reid- Lecturer in Scotland
  • Fiona Grossert Sanders- Lecturer in Australia
  • Dong Jhy Hwang- Lecturer in Taiwan 
  • Claire Parker- Lecturer in Australia
  • Susan Ahrens- Lecturer in Canada 
  • Gilberto Galeazzi- Civil Servant in Italy
  • Susan Ahrens- Lecturer in Canada 

 

 

Research summary

  • Sport
  • Comparative Analysis - Canada and Scotland 
  • Higher Education 
  • Highlands and Islands
  • Political Economy

Current research interests

Sport, Cultural Relations and Diplomacy; Football- Social, Cultural, Economic Impacts; Cities; Canada and Scotland; Social Inequality and Social Change; Commonwealth Sport for Development - Report for Commonwealth Secretariat; The Scottish Sporting Landscape - Report for the Scottish Government; The Making of Sports Policy- Report for the Jimmy Reid Foundation;

Past research interests

Labour Migration of Kenyan and Ethiopian Athletes; Malaysian Sports Industry- Report for the Malaysian Government;

Affiliated research centres

Research activities

View all 29 activities on Research Explorer

Project activity

 

Current sample of projects: 

  • Widening access to education through sport 
  • International Sports Diplomacy 
  • Sport and social inequality in Scotland

 

Current project grants

Widening access to education through football( University funded)
Enabling Gaelic Sport (External funding)
Sports Policy in Scotland Report (External funding)

Past project grants

Advancing Sports Heritage (External funding)
Handa Sports Fellowships (External funding)

View all 48 publications on Research Explorer