Staff Profile


Dr Suzanne Dowse

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Human and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 921877

Profile summary

Suzanne Dowse is the Faculty Director or Quality, Programme Director for the Sport and Health Management and Event Management Degrees. Prior to holding this position she was the Research Manager for the Centre for Sport, Physical Education and Activity Research Centre (SPEAR) and responsible for all aspects of research project delivery. Her teaching specialism and subject expertise include research methods, international relations and sport, and the political and social implications of hosting sport events.

Suzanne is also a Research Associate with the Centre for Sport, Physical Education and Activity Research (SPEAR), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Board member of CIMSPA South East. 

Research and knowledge exchange

As the Research Manager for SPEAR Suzanne was been involved in a broad range of research and knowledge exchange activities including research into sport delivered in a school setting, for example, the evaluation of the Change4Life School Sport Clubs for the Youth Sport Trust and research into mega-event impacts and outcomes, for example, a London 2012 Legacy Supra-evaluation. Suzanne is currently supervising PhD research into sport policy.

Teaching and subject expertise

Suzanne's teaching specialism and subject expertise include research methods, sport and leisure policies, event impacts and inter-disciplinary studies exploring the links between politics, international relations and sport mega-events.

External activities

Can the Benefits of Sporting Events Ever Outweight the Costs? Roundtable Discussion, City Events, March 2016, Paris, France

Political ambitions and Sport Mega-Events: looking beyond the hyperbole, Sport and Diplomacy: Message, Mode and Metaphor? Colloquium, July 2015, SOAS, UK

Children’s Rights & Major Sporting Events: Opportunities and Risks, Play the Game, 25-28 October, Aarhus, Denmark

Publications and research outputs

Recent publications and outputs include:

Dowse, S., Powell, S. and Weed, M. E. (2017) Mega-sporting events and children’s rights and interests – towards a better future. Leisure Studies

"A Qualitative Case Study of the Football World Cup in South Africa: Practica Considerations and Personal Dilemmas" in Lamond, I. & Platt. L. (eds) Critical Event Studies: Approaches to Research. London: Palgrave MacMillian. 2016: 37-58

Children’s Rights & Major Sporting Events: Opportunities and Risks, Conference paper presented at Play the Game, Aug 2015, Aarhus, Denmark.

"Knowing the rules and understanding the score: The 2010 FIFA Football World Cup in South Africa", in Fletcher, T., Dashper, K., & McCullough, N. (eds) Sports Events, Society and Culture. London and New York: Routledge: 2014: 205-220

"Exploring the Political and International Relations Dimensions of Hosting Sports Mega Events Through the Lens of the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa", in Shipway, R. & Fyall, A. (eds) International Sports Events: Impacts, Experiences and Identies. London and New York: Routledge: 2012: 27-41

Power Play: International Politics, Germany, South Africa and the FIFA World Cup, SAIIA Occasional Paper No 82, May 2011

"Paralympic Potential: Opportunities and Risks", in Weed, M & Wellard, I. (eds.) Wellbeing, Health and Leisure. (Brighton: Leisure Studies Association, 2010)

Review of: 'The Paralympic Games: Empowerment or Side Show?'". Journal of Sport & Tourism, 14(1), 2009

"A Missed Opportunity Waiting to Happen? The Social Legacy Potential of the London 2012 Paralympic Games". Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 1(2), 2009 (with M. Weed)


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