Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to confirm the following keynote speakers for EASM 2023.

  • Professor Alison Doherty, PhD, School of Kinesiology, Western University Canada.

Professor Alison Doherty, PhD, is a Professor of Sport Management in the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University in Ontario, Canada.

Her research focuses broadly on the capacity and management of non-profit and community-based organisations for safe and inclusive sport and physical activity. She is currently leading or involved in projects advancing insight to creating a safer sport culture, gender equity in sport leadership, integration of newly arrived migrants in and through organised sport, and management of concussion in youth sport.

Alison’s extensive research portfolio has been supported by over $1 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Sport Canada, Ontario Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Alison is a recipient of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Dr. Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award and the NASSM Distinguished Service Award.

She served as President of NASSM and Editor of Sport Management Review (SMAANZ). She is the Lead of the Sport and Social Impact Research Group
(SSIRG) at Western, a board member of Canada’s Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC), and a member of the Canadian Women and Sport/Femmes et Sport au Canada Impact Research Committee.

  • Professor Simon Shibli, BSc, ACMA, Professor of Sport Management and Head of Centre, Sport Industry Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, England.

Professor Simon Shibli is a graduate in Physical Education, Sport Science and Recreation Management from Loughborough University. He is the Director of the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University, where he is also Professor of Sport Management. In 2003 Simon was admitted to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is one of very few qualified accountants working in sport management in the UK.

His main research interests are in the applied use of techniques from the fields of finance and economics to research questions in sport and leisure.

In 2020 Simon was appointed by UK Sport and Sport England to conduct a programme of data analysis on inequality in sport amongst ethnically diverse communities, as part of the Tackling Racism and Racial Inequality in Sport (TRARIIS). He is now involved in a programme to help 130 organisations funded by UK Sport and Sport England develop their own Diversity and Inclusion Action Plans (DIAPs).

  • Professor Mike Weed, Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research, Enterprise and Business Development), Canterbury Christ Church University, England.

Mike Weed is Professor of Applied Policy Sciences and Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Enterprise and Business Development at Canterbury Christ Church University..

His research focuses on the use of evidence in policy, and evidence of how policy is developed, with recent projects focusing on concussion in sport, population health behaviours, and sport and climate change.

Mike is Editor of the SAGE Library of Sport & Leisure Management and the Journal of Sport & Tourism, and co-Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice.

  • Professor Simon Darcy, Professor of Social Inclusion, Management Department, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Professor Simon Darcy believes passionately in the rights of all people to fully participate in community life. A Professor in Management at UTS Business School he specialises in developing inclusive organisational approaches for diversity groups, including people with disability.

Simon’s work has spanned tourism, sport management, events, volunteers, transport, employment, entrepreneurship, the built environment and disability services. It is characterised by an evidence-based approach to changing practice in the business, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Simon is currently working with a team on an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant involving outsiders in sport through a gender lens with intersectional identities including those with disability, First nations, marginalised cultural backgrounds, and lower socio-economic status.

Simon also has a long history of involvement in advocacy and on volunteer boards, and of involvement with the disability community as a person with traumatically acquired disability. He has been a power wheelchair user since 1983.