Our research addresses the needs of society though an impact approach based on collaboration and partnership. We work closely with stakeholders to identify, undertake and disseminate research serving beneficiaries from marginalised communities to elite professional sport.
We benefit from our status as ‘Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence’, which connects us to priority research and knowledge needs within sport, health and exercise; facilitates partnerships with funders, users and disseminators of our research, including sport agencies based on campus; provides excellent networks for impact and knowledge exchange; and offers a unique high quality physical infrastructure supporting research from physical activity community participation to elite sports performance.
Our research focuses on three inter-related domains - In Sport, Through Sport, and in the health and exercise sciences Beyond Sport:
In Sport research focuses on sport itself, addressing sport experiences and delivery from diverse disciplinary perspectives including sport management, sport coaching, sport governance and policy, and sport and exercise science. These studies span recreational to elite sport, and community to global organisations and structures.
Through Sport research is focused on the social contributions of sport, addressing sport as a context within which social, economic and cultural challenges are addressed.
Beyond Sport research is focussed on the benefits of sport, health and exercise sciences to individual health outcomes, economies and populations.