The UK-Taiwan Critical Social Sciences of Sport Network seeks to further bilateral scholarship in the
social sciences of sport. It will develop a cross-disciplinary research community of established and
early career researchers (ECRs) formed around synergistic research agendas which are both
sustainable and have international significance. In so doing, this Network will further facilitate
domestic organizational coherence and wider academic-media-public engagement in the respective
countries, and raise the profile of UK and Taiwan within the international sport studies community.
Specifically, the objectives of this proposal are
- To promote greater mutual understanding and knowledge exchange of sport cultures in the
- To build capacity around existing relations and synergistic research interests, and respond
to new and emerging research agendas to create a wider and more diversified community.
- To establish ‘pump priming’ collaborative research projects twinning UK and Taiwan
scholars which stimulate the field by illustrating the potential impact of international
- To engage a broad network of UK-Taiwan researchers and lay the foundations for more
resilient forms of organizational cooperation across the social sciences of sport.
- To enhance the societal impact of the social sciences of sport through more effective
engagement with the media and public.
- To showcase Taiwan-UK collaborations to the international community and thus initiate
future bilateral ventures for both UK and Taiwan scholars.
- To create an enduring and sustainable research network through a ring-fenced
commitment to support ECRs, bespoke professional development opportunities, and
access to complementary bodies of knowledge and expertise.