Dr Jung Woo (Jay) Lee

Programme Director: MSc Sport Policy, Management and International Development / Lecturer in Sport and Leisure Policy


  • Research Director of the Scottish Centre for Olympic Research and Education (2022-Present)

  • A Guest Module Leader at German Sport University Cologne, the MA Olympic Studies Programme (2024-Present)

  • Invited Panellist at the Olympic Studies Centre,  the International Olympic Committee (2020 - Present)

  • Non-Residental Fellow, the European Centre for North Korean Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria (2023-Present)

  • Guest Editor of the Asia Pacific Sport and Social Science annual special issue of Sport in Society (2017-Present) 

  • Editorial Board Member of Palgrave Series of Sport in Asia (2020 - Present)

  • Editorial Board Member of Asian Journal of Sport History & Culture (2020 - Present)

  • Editorial Board Member of Journal of Global Sport Management (2018 - Present)

  • Recipient of the Academy of Korean Studies Research Fellowship, Ministry of Education, South Korea (2022)

  • Recipient of Taiwan Fellowship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China  (2018)

  • Visiting Academic at National Taiwan Normal University (June - September 2018)

Undergraduate teaching

BSc Sport and Recreation Management

  • Sport Industry in a Global Context (YEAR 4)

Postgraduate teaching

MSc SPort Policy, Management, and International Development

  • Sport and Culture Industry (MSc)
  • Dissertation

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome PhD applications. For those who wish to conduct doctoral research into the topics related to my teaching and research areas, please contact me to discuss your research proposal.   

Research summary

  • Sport Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Sport Mega-Event Studies 
  • Sport, Nationalism and National Identity
  • Sport Media and Communications
  • Sport Cultural Studies 

Project activity

  • The MHSES Seedcorn Fund (2024-2025), £2,530. Project Title: "Esports Ecosystems in East Asia"
  • The MHSES RKEI Innovation Fund (2023), £2,155. Project Title: "Games in Global South: The Sustainability of the SEA Games."
  • The Academy of Korean Studies, the Korean Studies Grant (2022-2023), US$ 22,000. Project Title: "Sports diplomacy from PyeongChang 2018 to Gangwon 2024: Inter-Korean communication and collaboration through sport mega-events" 
  • The CAHSS Knowledge Exchange and Impact Grant (2022), £4,460. Project Title: "North and South Korean connection at the 2024 Youth Winter Olympics in Gangwon"
  • The Academy of Korean Studies Fellowship (2022), £7,150. Project Title: "An intercultural encounter between Irish and Korean people through Gaelic sports on Korean soil"
  • The University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education Research Seedcorn funding (2017-2018) £1,500. Project Title: "The North East Asian Gaelic Games: Irish diaspora, Intercultural Communication, and Sport"
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, the Taiwan Fellowship (2017-2018) £5,500. Project Title: "Post-colonialism, Nationalism, and Baseball Culture in Taiwan and South Korea: the lived experience of consuming the 2018 Asian Games’ baseball matches"
  • The University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education Research Seedcorn funding (2016) £1,000.  Project Title: " A critical evaluation of the Olympic Legacies: The case of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea"
  • British Council’s Research Link Workshop Travel Grant (2015), Project Title: "Sport and Social Transformation"
  • The Carnegie Trust Small Research Grant (2013) £3,000. Project Title: "The globalisation of cricket: a case of South Korea" 

View all 69 publications on Research Explorer

Invited speaker

  • Lee, J. W. (2023). GAA in Asia: Irish expatriates in East Asia and their Gaelic sporting culture in foreign lands. Special research seminar series. National Taichung University of Education, Taichung, Taiwan.

  • Lee, J. W. (2023). The Nexus between World Politics and Global Sport in the Post-Pandemic Era: Key Research Agendas and Theoretical Considerations. The 18th Physical Education and Sport Academic Organisation Annual Joint Assembly and International Symposium. National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan. 
  • Lee, J. W. (2022). 21세기 영국의 사회변동과 스포츠: 역세계화 (De-Globalisation)과 문화전쟁 (Culture War)에 접근하는 스포츠 사회학 연구. 2022 Korean Society for the Sociology of Sport Symposium. Ulsan University, South Korea. 
  • Lee, J. W. (2020). Global Sociology of Sport, the Sociological Imagination, and Social Scientific Writing.  2020 SNU Focus Seminar Series. Seoul National University (Zoom), South Korea. 
  • Lee, J. W. (2020). Fluctuating International Relations in a Covid-19 World and the Politics of Sport Mega-Events. 2020 Global Sport Science Virtual Conference. Institute of Sport Science, Seoul National University (Zoom), South Korea.
  • Lee, J. W. (2020). World Politics, the Olympics and the Covid-19 Pandemic. The 2020 International Sociology of Sport Association Virtual Conference: The Future of International Sport Events in a (Post?) Pandemic World. Zoom (York University, Canada).
  • Lee, J. W. (2019). The Olympic ceremony, diplomacy, and inter-Korean relations: Media representation. One day international symposium: Games of Change? Sport Diplomacy and the Korean Peninsula. University of London-SOAS.
  • Lee, J. W. (2019). Looking through the 2018 Winter Olympics: The Complexity of Contemporary Korean Nationalism and National Identity Politics. Nam Center Colloquium Series. University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan.  
  • Lee, J. W. (2018). Sports, Religions, and Festivals: From the Ancient Olympics to the Late Modern Olympic Games. International Academic Seminar of Festival, Sports and Recreation. WuFung University, Chiayi, Taiwan.  
  • Lee, J. W. (2018). Why does the British government encourage competitive sports in schools? A critical review of the current physical education and school sport policy in the UK. PE Lap of Chung-ang University 7th International Conference: Current issues in school physical education. Chung-ang University, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Lee, J. W. (2018). The Olympic Games and Peace Movement: Critical Reflection. International Peace Conference for the Peaceful Korean Peninsula and the Peace Olympics. Hantan River Spa Hotel, Cheorwon, South Korea.
  • Lee, J. W. (2017). Korean sport diplomacy and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. The international conference on Golden Games: sport and diplomacy in East Asia and beyond. National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Lee, J. W. (2017). The post-Brexit national identities in the UK. Commemorating the 88 Seoul Olympics International Sport Science Congress. Dankook University, Chunan, South Korea.
  • Lee, J. W. (2016). A Game for the global north: The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang and South Korean sport diplomacy. International Conference/ Workshop  on Olympics in conflicts: from GANEFO to the Rio Olympics. Maynooth University, Dublin Ireland.  
  • Lee, J. W. (2015). The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games and Sports Mega-Event Scepticism in South Korea. International Research Institute for Sport Studies Research Seminars. University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.
  • Lee, J. W. (2014). The Olympic Games, modernity, and dialectic of enlightenment. International forum and conference for the sociology of sport. National Taiwan Sport University, Taipei, Taiwan.