BA in German Studies (First Class), Goldsmiths College;
MA in Contemporary European Studies (Distinction), Sussex University;
PhD in German Politics, University of Birmingham.
University of Warwick
University of Birmingham
Other academic service (administration and management)
Head of the Sport Policy Unit, EPIB
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Sport Politics and Policy?
Sport and politics is one of the most interesting areas of study in society. Most people have strong opinions about both; when they come together, which is very often, the debates can be heated. The type of areas sport politics covers range from the politics of the Olympics (its hosting, its cost, its use as a political tool and the so-called legacy said to derive from investing in the event), government investment in sport (elite sport vs grassroots; school sport etc.) and the moral arguments around hosting key sporting events in states that have a poor record of upholding human rights.
Jonathan teaches a number of ad hoc lectures on the sport management UG programme.
Jonathan teaches across a number of PG units and leads on 'Sport Policy and Politics', an MSc level unit covering the key areas touched on in his monograph 'Sport Politics' (2015/6).
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
PhD Completions since starting at MMU (2017): 1. Hyungmin Kim. Sustainability of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics 2. Tom Bason. Every Loser Wins - Using a failed Olympic bid to leverage for positive outcomes 3. Nina Kramareva. An Analysis of Russia’s ‘Alternative’ Soft Power Strategy and National Identity Discourse via Sports Mega-Events.
Current students where Jonathan is Director of Studies: Louisa Hallas - The Impact of Modernisation on Sport Policy Delivery in the Home Countries Bongsoo Kang - The ‘Elite-Mass Sport’ Problematic. Policy Learning from the UK, Norway and Australia. Brian Jeong - The Use of Sports Mega-Events as Part of States’ Soft Power Strategies: An East Asia Analysis. Mike Green - Promoting Physical Activity through Sport in the Community Programmes. Daniel Gallant (Olympian project) - Critical Incidences and Athletic Performance. Callum Jones (Olympian project) - Athlete Transition to a Post-Athletic Career. Edgar Kuijper – An Analysis of the Rugby Football League World Cup Hosting Strategy (2021).
External examiner roles
(2020) Currently External Examiner for Sport Politics MSc at Loughborough University
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Jonathan is a leading expert in the field of sport politics and sport policy with a particular speciality on sports mega-events and soft power. He has published 7 monographs, 8 edited books and 5 Special Issues of leading journals. In addition, he has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and numerous chapters.
Currently Jonathan is leading a project based on the life history of GB Olympians, ably assisted by 2 PhD students, Dan Gallant and Callum Jones. To date we have interviewed almost 60 Olympians and have just started to write up the first findings from the research.
Current research-led collaborations include with colleagues in Japan, Canada and Australia.
Books (authored/edited/special issues)
J. Grix, P. Brannagan, D. Lee (2019). Entering the Global Arena: Emerging States, Soft Power Strategies and Sports Mega-Events. Palgrave Macmillan.
J. Grix (2019). The Foundations of Research. Macmillan International Higher Education.
M. Vieira, J. Grix (2018). Challenges to Emerging and Established Powers Brazil, the United Kingdom and Global Order. Routledge.
J. Grix (2018). Leveraging Mega-Event Legacies. Routledge.
J. Grix (2017). Understanding UK Sport Policy in Context. Routledge.
J. Grix (2015). Sport Politics An Introduction. Macmillan International Higher Education.
J. Grix, M. Dennis (2012). Sport Under Communism: Behind the East German ‘Miracle’, (with M. Dennis). Macmillan, Palgrave.
J. Grix (2010). Demystifying Postgraduate Research. A&C Black.
J. Grix, G. Watkins (2010). Information Skills Finding and Using the Right Resources. Macmillan International Higher Education.
J. Grix (2000). The Role of the Masses in the Collapse of the GDR. Springer.
G. Nichols, J. Grix, G. Ferguson, M. Griffiths (2016). How sport governance impacted on Olympic legacy: A study of unintended consequences and the ‘Sport Makers’ volunteering programme. Managing Sport and Leisure. 21(2), pp.61-74.
ID. Boardley, J. Grix, J. Harkin (2015). Doping in team and individual sports: a qualitative investigation of moral disengagement and associated processes. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. 7(5), pp.698-717.
M. Vieira, J. Grix (2015). Introduction to the Special Issue on Challenges to Emerging and Established Powers: Brazil and the United Kingdom in the Contemporary Global Order. Global Society. 29(3), pp.281-285.
RM. Toledo, J. Grix, MTS. Bega (2015). Megaeventos esportivos e seus legados: Uma análise dos efeitos institucionais da eleição do Brasil como país-sede. Revista de Sociologia e Politica. 23(56), pp.21-44.
ID. Boardley, J. Grix, AJ. Dewar (2014). Moral disengagement and associated processes in performance-enhancing drug use: a national qualitative investigation. Journal of Sports Sciences. 32(9), pp.836-844.
L. Phillpots, J. Grix (2014). New governance and Physical Education and School Sport policy: A case study of School to Club Links. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. 19(1), pp.76-96.
ID. Boardley, J. Grix (2014). Doping in bodybuilders: A qualitative investigation of facilitative psychosocial processes. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. 6(3), pp.422-439.
J. Grix (2013). London 2012 and its legacies. International Journal of Sport Policy. 5(2), pp.163-164.
F. Carmichael, J. Grix, DP. Marqués (2013). The Olympic legacy and participation in sport: An interim assessment of Sport England's Active People Survey for sports studies research. International Journal of Sport Policy. 5(2), pp.229-244.
J. Grix (2013). Culture change in a professional sports team: Shaping environmental contexts and regulating power. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 8(2), pp.297-299.
J. Grix (2013). Sport politics and the olympics. Political Studies Review. 11(1), pp.15-25.
M. Dennis, J. Grix (2012). Sport Under Communism: Behind the East German 'Miracle'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORTS SCIENCE & COACHING. 7(4), pp.721-726.
J. Grix, F. Carmichael (2012). Why do governments invest in elite sport? A polemic. International Journal of Sport Policy. 4(1), pp.73-90.
L. Phillpots, J. Grix, T. Quarmby (2011). Centralized grassroots sport policy and 'new governance': A case study of county sports partnerships in the UK - unpacking the paradox. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 46(3), pp.265-281.
J. Grix, A. Parker (2011). Towards an explanation for the decline of athletics in the UK: A case study of male distance running. Sport in Society. 14(5), pp.612-628.
M. Goodwin, J. Grix (2011). Bringing structures back in: The 'governance narrative', the 'decentred approach' and 'asymmetrical network governance' in the education and sport policy communities. Public Administration. 89(2), pp.537-556.
J. Grix, L. Phillpots (2011). Revisiting the 'Governance narrative': 'Asymmetrical network governance' and the deviant case of the sports policy sector. Public Policy and Administration. 26(1), pp.3-19.
J. Grix (2010). Introducing 'hard' interpretivism and 'Q' methodology: Notes from a project on 'county sport partnerships and governance'. Leisure Studies. 29(4), pp.457-467.
M. Dennis, J. Grix (2010). Behind the iron curtain: Football as a site of contestation in the east german sports 'miracle'. Sport in History. 30(3), pp.447-474.
J. Grix (2010). The 'governance debate' and the study of sport policy. International Journal of Sport Policy. 2(2), pp.159-171.
J. Grix (2010). From hobbyhorse to mainstream: Using sport to understand British politics. British Politics. 5(1), pp.114-129.
J. Grix (2010). Training Socialist Citizens: Sports and the State in East Germany. SLAVIC REVIEW. 69(1), pp.220-221.
J. Grix, V. Houžvička (2002). Cross-border cooperation in theory and practice the case of Czech - German borderland. Acta Universitatis Carolinae, Geographica. 37(1), pp.61-77.
J. Grix, V. Knowles (2002). The Euroregion and the maximization of social capital: Pro Europa Viadrina. Regional and Federal Studies. 12(4), pp.154-176.
J. Grix (2014). Leveraging legacies from sports mega-events: Concepts and cases. In: Leveraging legacies from sports mega-events: Concepts and cases. Springer, pp.1-184.
J. Grix, V. Knowles (2003). The Euroregion and the maximization of social capital: Pro-Europa Viadrina. In: New Borders for a Changing Europe: Cross-Border Cooperation and Governance. Routledge, pp.155-178.
Jonathan reviews many articles in his role as the Editor-in-Chief of the leading International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.
A Comparative Project on eSports Governance in the UK and Australia, £10,000 (MMU internal funding)
£21,819, Rugby Football League, (Co-PI), ‘Economic and Social Impact of RFL in Urban and Rural Areas’, April 2019-December 2019.
£35, 000, Rugby Football League World Cup, matched funding for a PhD scholarship; Director of Studies, 2019.
£5000, British Orienteering, (PI) ‘First Time User Survey’, 2018.
£10,000, UK Sport, (PI) ‘The Making of Olympians’, commences January, 2017-June-2019.
US$67,500, World Anti-Doping Agency. The effects of permitted forms of performance enhancement on determinants of doping in UK student-athletes (PI: I. D. Boardley; Co-Is: J. Grix, Professor Andrea Petróczi, Dr Neil Chester, Dr John Mills). Commences October 2016.
$173,699, International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Fund Sport Coaches' Doping Confrontation Efficacy and Athletes' Susceptibility to Intentional and Inadvertent Doping. (PI: I. D. Boardley; Co-Is: J. Grix, N. Ntoumanis, A. L. Smith).
£83, 997, Leverhulme Trust (PI), International Network Grant ‘Leveraging Legacies from Sports Mega-Events’, September 2014-December 2016.
$65,000, World Anti-Doping Agency Social Science Research Grant Program. The effects of permitted forms of performance enhancement on determinants of doping in UK student-athletes. (PI: I. D. Boardley; Co-Is: N. Chester, J. Grix, J. Mills, A. Petroczi).
$52, 384, Brazilian Ministry of Sport, (Co-PI with UNESP) to convene a major international workshop on leveraging legacies from the World Cup (2014) and Olympics (2016), November, 2014, Sao Paulo.
£26, 000, FAPESP (Research Council, Brazil), (PI), ‘Brazil as an emerging power’, November 2013-October 2015.
£9, 968, UK Sport, (PI) ‘Board governance among Olympic and Paralympic National Governing Bodies of Sport’, 2013.
Awards, Honours & Distinctions
Editorial board membership
Jonathan is the Editor-in-Chief of the leading International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.