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Sport and the Sustainable Development Goals: Where is the policy coherence?

Lindsey, Iain and Darby, Paul (2018) Sport and the Sustainable Development Goals: Where is the policy coherence? International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 1 . pp. 1-20. [Journal article]

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URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1012690217752651

DOI: 10.1177/1012690217752651


This article addresses the urgent need for critical analysis of the relationships between sportand the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) enshrined in the United Nations’ globaldevelopment framework, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Importantly, therehas yet to be any substantial academic exploration of the implications of the positionaccorded to sport as ‘an important enabler’ of the aims of 2030 Agenda and its broad set ofSDGs. In beginning to address this gap, we draw on the concept of policy coherence for tworeasons. Firstly, the designation of a specific SDG Target for policy coherence is recognitionof its centrality in working towards SDGs that are considered as ‘integrated and indivisible’.Secondly, the concept of policy coherence is centred on a dualism that enables holisticexamination of both synergies through which the contribution of sport to the SDGs can beenhanced as well as incoherencies by which sport may detract from such outcomes. Ouranalysis progresses through three examples that focus on the common orientation of the Sportfor Development and Peace ‘movement’ towards education-orientated objectives alignedwith SDG 4; potential synergies between sport participation policies and the SDG 3 Targetfor reducing non-communicable diseases; and practices within professional football inrelation to several migration-related SDG Targets. These examples show the relevance of theSDGs across diverse sectors of the sport industry and illustrate complexities within andacross countries that make pursuit of comprehensive policy coherence infeasible.Nevertheless, our analyses lead us to encourage both policy makers and researchers tocontinue to utilise the concept of policy coherence as a valuable lens to identify and considerfactors that may enable and constrain various potential contributions of sport to a range ofSDGs.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:2030 Agenda, education, health, migration, United Nations
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:39435
Deposited By: Mrs Julie Haydock
Deposited On:29 Jan 2018 12:10
Last Modified:29 Jan 2018 12:10

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