Dr Dikaia Chatziefstathiou (Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent)

dikaiaDikaia Chatziefstathiou is appointed as a Reader in Olympic Studies and the Social Analysis of Sport at the School of Human and Life Sciences in Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. She is a Senior Researcher of the Centre of Sport, Physical Education and Activity Research (SPEAR) in Canterbury Christ Church University; an International Research Expert of the Centre for Olympic Studies & Research at Loughborough University, UK; and a Senior Associate of the consultancy company Hibou Alliance Ltd (http://www.hibou-alliance.com).From September 2013 until August 2015, Dikaia was a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the Regional Development Institute of the Panteion University in Athens, Greece. Her research was titled “An Evaluation of the Legacies of the Sporting Mega Events on Social Capital in Greece”.

She is an expert in Olympic Studies and her work on the ideology of Olympism and values has been widely published and cited in peer-reviewed academic journals nationally and internationally. She is the winner of the inaugural Coubertin Prize 2008 awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (IPCC) for her qualitative research on Pierre de Coubertin’s writings and speeches.

Following her award, she became a Member of the Executive Board of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (based in Lausanne) until 2014 and was recently re-elected until 2018. She was the Guest Editor for the Special Olympic Issue of the European Sport Management Quarterly (jointly with Professor Ian Henry). She is the author of the book “Discourses of Olympism: From the Sorbonne 1894 to London 2012” published by Palgrave (2012, also jointly with Professor Ian Henry) and has edited two further books, “Society of Sport and Sport in Society” published by Nimertis (in Greek, with Dr Georgoulas) and “Olympism, Olympic Education and Learning Legacies” published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (with Professor Mueller).

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