Dikaia Chatziefstathiou is 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, and a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the Regional Development Institute of the Panteion University in Athens, Greece. She is also a Senior Researcher at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Greece; 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).
Dikaia is an expert in Olympic Studies and her work on Olympism and culture(s), Olympic values and Olympic education 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 has been Visiting Professor to over ten universities worldwide and is leading the development of several cultural and educational projects in relation to the dissemination of Olympic & Paralympic values, such as the initiative for Cyprus to establish a National Pierre de Coubertin Committee and thereafter to join the ‘Coubertin School Network’, a global pedagogical programme dedicated to Olympism and cultural exchange. She has been the Convener of the Olympic Special Interest Group of the Higher Education Academy Network in the UK and has established partnerships with Canada, Russia and Brazil for the “Olympic Learning Legacies” project on sport, culture and education.
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 several other books, e.g. “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).