Dr Sarah Zipp

Lecturer in Sport Management

Sport University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Sarah Zipp

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Dr Sarah Zipp is the Deputy Programme Director for Sport Studies (undergraduate) and teaches on the Master’s in Sport Management at Stirling. She is an expert in international sport management, gender in sport and the field of sport for development. Her publications include academic articles, media articles, book chapters and research reports. She co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Global Sport (2020) and was named the Early Career Researcher of the Year (2020) by the Journal of Sport for Development.

She has taught at universities around the globe, with positions in the USA, Netherlands and UK. Dr Zipp has also taught on programmes at the Singapore Institute of Management and in the Tokyo Olympic legacy programme at Tsukuba University in Japan. At Stirling, she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programmes. Her teaching roles include: Sport Governance, Managing the Business of Sport, Research Project (supervision), Fundraising, Sport for Development, Media and Communications and Youth Sport.

Her public engagement work includes lectures, seminars and consultancies at the UK Department of Education, the Gender Equality Toolkit for Generation Z (an EU Erasmus project), the International Working Group on Women in Sport (a UNESCO partner), the Big Tent Festival (UK), the Wellcome Trust Foundation (UK) and the Saudi Arabian Olympic Academy. She has also worked with numerous charities on sport for development, including organisations in the UK, Zambia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Barbados and St. Lucia.

Dr Zipp earned her PhD in Development Studies at the International Institute for Social Studies at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. She studied sport as human capability development in the Caribbean as a part of the Economics of Development and Emerging Markets (EDEM) research programme.


Early Career Scholar

The JSFD Early Career Scholar Award will be awarded to an early career JSFD author in recognition of significant scholarly contributions to the sport for development field. Award Winner 2020: Sarah Zipp, University of Stirling, Scotland