Issue 6 - October 2013

Centre for Sport and Social Impact Newsletter 

In this Issue: 

Message from Professor Russell Hoye, Director CSSI
Recognition and awards
CSSI Research Forum: Combining Praxis and Theory in International Sport-for-Development
Recent publications and other outputs by CSSI Members
Message from Professor Russell Hoye, Director CSSI 

This newsletter highlights some recent activity from CSSI members who have been active in publishing and disseminating their results to a variety of audiences. It also highlights our recent visitor, Dr Nico Schulenkorf from UTS who recently presented a seminar for CSSI members.

Professor Russell Hoye
Director, CSSI

Recognition and awards

La Trobe University Excellence in Research Awards (LTUERA)

The La Trobe University Excellence in Research Awards (LTUERA) provide high quality Early to Mid-Career Researchers with recognition for their achievement and with support to enhance their further career development.

There are two levels of award: one for 1-7 years post-doctoral staff and the other for 7-15 years post-doctoral staff. Researchers from all disciplines within the University are eligible, but there will be a strong focus on supporting applicants from areas of established or emerging research strength.

The objectives of the La Trobe University Excellence in Research Awards (LTUERA) are:

  • To recognise Early to Mid-Career Researchers who show clear evidence of high research capacity;  and
  • To support, on a competitive basis, staff to undertake travel or other programs to enhance their research careers;  

The award will include personal funds ($2000) in recognition of the excellence of the applicant as well as funds ($3000-5000)  to support a career development program, for example a research visit trip to a top national or international laboratory or archive or library, a conference at which the candidate’s work will be presented, or a leadership course.

One award for 1-7 year Researchers per Faculty (Dean's award) and four for 7-15 year Researchers (DVC(R)/VC's awards) will be offered each year.

Eligibility - The Applicant: 

  • must hold a 50% or greater academic appointment (including research-only appointment) at La Trobe University; 
  • be employed at level A-D at the time of application; and
  • have not previously received such an award.

An Early Career Researcher is defined as a researcher who had their PhD awarded on or after 14 October 2006 (within 7 years prior to application closing date). 

A Mid Career Researcher is defined as a researcher who had their PhD awarded on or after 14 October 1998 but before 14 October 2006 (7-15 years prior to application closing date).  

Applications must be submitted as a single pdf file to Melissa Morgan via by 12 noon Monday October 14, 2013.

CSSI Research Forum: Combining Praxis and Theory in International Sport-for-Development 

Dr Nico SchulenkorfDr Nico Schulenkorf (UTS) presented a seminar for the Centre for Sport and Social Impact on Tuesday 24th September  2013.  A summary of the presentation and a biography of Dr Schulenkorf is provided below.

Over the past decade, the number of aid organizations, Government agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) pursuing the Millennium Development Goals and thus seeking to improve the everyday circumstances of disadvantaged communities has been growing. Particularly in deprived community settings, these organisations bring individuals and groups together so they can actively engage and assist in the development of community life. Within this context, sport and physical activity have been used to achieve different development goals; for example, sport projects have been implemented to redress discrimination and encourage respect for ‘others’ (Brown, Brown, Jackson, Sellers and Manuel, 2003); bridge social, cultural and ethnic divides (Sugden, 2006, Schulenkorf, 2010); combat HIV/AIDS (Webb, 2004, Banda, Lindsey, Jeanes and Kay, 2008); contribute to gender equality (Meier and Saavedra, 2009); and heal psychological wounds among traumatized victims of disasters, civil unrest or war (Kunz, 2009).

In this seminar presentation Dr Schulenkorf explored the opportunities and challenges of implementing and researching sport-for-development projects in the developing world. Building on a decade of lived project experiences in countries such as Sri Lanka, Israel/Palestine and the Pacific Islands, the newly designed Sport-for-Development (S4D) framework was presented as a holistic yet flexible management tool that can be used to guide the strategic investigation of sport and event projects and their contribution to direct social impacts and long-term social outcomes for (disadvantaged) communities. The S4D Framework takes account of cultural heterogeneity and programme diversity, whilst shaping implementation, directing evaluation, and encouraging future planning of development initiatives. In other words, the framework can be adapted to diverse social contexts; take into account different project purposes; and respect varying socio-cultural, economic, demographic and geographic nuances of communities. Overall, the S4D Framework is designed to foster practical research in the area of community development that can inform sport planning, management, leverage and research. The CSSI seminar provided an opportunity to discuss the S4D Framework and learn from people’s experiences in diverse sport-for-development contexts.

Biography: Dr Nico Schulenkorf is Senior Lecturer for Sport Management at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). His research focuses on the social, cultural, psychological and health-related outcomes of sport and event projects. He is particularly interested in the role of sport in contributing to social development within and between disadvantaged communities. For several years, Nico has been involved in sport-for-development and health promotion programmes in countries such as Sri Lanka, Israel and the Pacific Islands. He has been working with local and international NGOs, Government Agencies, Sport Associations and Ministries in developing capacities to implement, research, monitor and evaluate development projects. Nico is Co-Founder and Deputy Editor of the Journal of Sport for Development.

Dr Emma Sherry is the CSSI seminar convenor, and encourages all CSSI members to submit suggestions for sessions and guest speakers for the 2014 calendar.

Recent publications and other outputs by CSSI Members

Journal articles

Ratten, V (2013) The development of social e-enterprises, mobile communication and social networks: A social cognitive perspective of technological innovations, Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, 11(3): 68-77, (ERA B journal, ABCD B journal)

Ratten, V. (2013) Cloud computing: A social cognitive perspective of ethics, entrepreneurship, technology marketing, computer self-efficacy and outcome expectancy on behavioural intentions, Australasian Marketing Journal, 21(3): 137-146. (ERA B journal, ABCD B journal)


Sherry, E. & Filo, K., ‘You’re out there for one another’: Team fundraising and mass participation sport events’, European Association of Sport Management (EASM) Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.


CSSI members are regular podcast gurus. A sample of recent podcasts are:

Big Fact Ideas Program:
AFL Coaches experience high work stress

Mandy Ruddock-Hudson (13 September 2013) reports on the results of a detailed study that collected data from 85% of assistant coaches in the national AFL competition