Sport for Development and Peace: Current Perspectives of Research

Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) is an international movement that began in the 2000s with the Millennium Development Goals (2000–2015) and is currently continuing around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2015–2030, driven by international organizations such as UNESCO. Often located in an international development context, organizations and associations use sport as a vehicle to reach several social and humanitarian missions (e.g., education, social cohesion, health, reintegration, diplomacy, and peace). This chapter presents the origins and objectives of the SDP, but it also looks at current research in the field. Since 2010, studies have significantly increased in the field around four main areas (macrosociological, field explorations, program management and evaluation, and literature reviews). This chapter also provides illustrations of SDP research projects, axis of tensions between practice and theory, and perspectives for future research in the field.

Tegwen Gadais
Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Canada

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Tegwen Gadais (November 18th 2019). Sport for Development and Peace: Current Perspectives of Research [Online First], IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.89192. Available from: