Dr Jung Woo (Jay) Lee

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


  • University Teacher (Loughborough University, 2007-2008)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea, 2009-2011)
  • Editorial Board Member of International Review for the Sociology of Sport (2012-2015)
  • Associate Editor of Aisa Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science (Present)

Undergraduate teaching

  • Sport and Society (YEAR 1)
  • Sport and Communication (YEAR 3)
  • Sociology of Sport  (YEAR 3)
  • Sport and Recreation Management in Global Context (YEAR 4)

Postgraduate teaching

  • Sport Marketing and Communications (MSc)

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 Media and Communication
  • Sport, International Relations and Globalisation
  • Sport Cultural Studies
  • Sport Mega Event Studies

Research activities

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Project activity

  • The University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education Research Seedcorn funding (2016) £1k, 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) £3k, Project Title: "The globalisation of cricket: a case of South Korea" 

Current project grants

- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, the Taiwan Fellowship (2017-2018) £4.5K, 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 (2017-2018) £1.5k. Project Title: "The North East Asian Gaelic Games: Irish diaspora, Intercultural Communication, and Sport"

View all 47 publications on Research Explorer

Invited speaker

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.