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Newly started research project on football migration
1st September was the starting date of: Scandinavian women's football goes global. A cross-national study of sports labour migration as challenge and opportunity for Nordic civil society.

The project is based on a grant of 600,000 Euro from the NOS-HS Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences and is designated a NORDCORP project (NORDic COllaborative Research Project). With the grant from NOS-HS and co-financing from Malmö University, Sweden and University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 3 PhD-scholars have been employed: Mari Haugaa Engh, Jørgen Bagger Kjær (both University of Copenhagen, Dk) and Mattias Melkerson (Malmö University Sweden).
The project is headed by Sine Agergaard, associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Copenhagen, while the project group includes researchers from all Nordic countries. In addition a grant from the Velux Foundation has made it possible to affiliate the leading international expert in research on sport and globalization, as well as sports labour migration, Joseph Maguire from Loughborough University as a visiting professor. The project period is from 1st September 2011 to 30th August 2015.
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Research on Migrating Women Footballers is now officially established

Nordcorp will finance the first international research project on Women´s Football Migration, coordinated by Sine Agergaard, with 599.580 Euro.

Project title
Scandinavian women’s football goes global: a cross-national study pf sports labour migration as challenge and opportunity for Nordic civil society

Project group
Associate Professor, PhD, Sine Agergaard, Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Dk

Professor, PhD, Gertrud Pfister, Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Dk

Associate professor, PhD, Bente O. Skogvang, Department of Sport Sciences, Hedmark University College, Norway

Professor, PhD, Kari Fasting, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway

Associate professor, PhD, Torbjörn Andersson, Department of Sport Sciences, Malmö University, Sweden
Professor, PhD, Bo Carlsson, Department of Sport Sciences, Malmö University, Sweden

Professor, PhD, Erlingur Jóhannsson, Centre of Research in Sports and Health Sciences, University of Iceland, Iceland

Researcher, Phil. Lic, Leena E. Laine, Department of Social Sciences of Sport, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

+ two ph.d.-students and one post.doc.

Project summary
Football is an increasingly popular sport among girls and women in the Nordic countries, and in recent years an increasing number of migrant players have joined women’s football clubs in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

The project aims to develop knowledge about the ways in which sports labour migration creates new challenges and opportunities for a so-called Nordic civil society model of sport. A model, according to which sports is organised in local sports clubs, driven by volunteers, and built on ideals such as establishing a strong social cohesion in society.

First of all, we will look historically at the ways in which immigration into women’s football in Denmark, Norway and Sweden has developed in connection with emerging globalization, professionalization and commercialization processes. Secondly, a management study will inquire into specific women’s football clubs’ ways of re-organising themselves in the transition between the local and global, voluntarism and professionalism, idealism and commercialism. Thirdly, an anthropological field study will relate the clubs’ perceptions of social integration to those of the migrant players.
The project aims to identify and discuss possible new hybrid models for organizing sports and alternative club strategies for integrating different types of members, which may prove useful for the future development of Nordic sports clubs not only in relation to sports labour migration, but also health and ethnic minority issues.

Workshop

Sports as a Global Labour Market - Female Football Migration
University of Copenhagen

3-4 of December 2010

In 1994 Joseph Maguire and John Bale, both pioneers of the study of sports labour migration, noted that the migration of sports labour was gathering pace and occurring over a widespread geographical area and within an increasing number of sports subcultures. Two years later Maguire also commented upon the growing number of female athletes who were becoming sports migrants. Despite this recognition even today there is little literature on migration within those sports disciplines which enjoy little international publicity and on female migrants.

This seminar gathers some of the researchers working in the area and particularly doing or preparing studies on migration in women’s football. Women’s football is a growing discipline that in these years are undergoing tremendous changes in terms of globalization, commercialization and professionalization processes. Female footballers are migrating not only within regions, but also between continents. A global labour market is developing with pre-mature professionalism and poor economical conditions for clubs and female footballers alike. The aim of the seminar is to encourage common research activities within this field.
Venue: Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Nørre Alle 51, 2200 Copenhagen N. (Premises: AB2, Gallery, St. Aud).
Organisers: Foomi-net and University of Copenhagen
More information contact: Sine Agergaard, sagergaard@ifi.ku.dk, +4540472390
Registration no later than 25th of November to mbrhansen@ifi.ku.dk
Participation free, but meals are only provided for presenters

pdf Research Workshop:
Sports as a Global Labour Market; Female Football Migration
Abstracts
pdf Research Workshop:
Sports as a Global Labour Market; Female Football Migration
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