New Researcher Award

An important part of the annual EASM conference is the New Researchers Award (NRA). Organized by ESMQ and sponsored by Routledge Journals, the NRA is for the best original theoretical or conceptual advance and significant unpublished contribution in sport management. The research should be appropriate for presentation at the annual EASM Conference and for publication in the European Sport Management Quarterly. To be eligible for this award, researchers must be near to completion of their PhD or have graduated less than three years prior to submission. The prize is established to stimulate dissemination of new ideas and innovative research in sport management by encouraging new researchers at the start of their career.


For this award a three stages process is used:


Round 1: Applicants submit both a regular 750-word abstract and a five-page short paper (as part of their online submission to the respective conference). All abstracts and five-page short papers will be blind reviewed by the NRA Jury. The candidates with the most positive evaluations will be invited to participate in the following round. Applicants who are not selected will still have their abstract considered for the conference.


Round 2: The selected candidates submit a full paper adhering to ESMQ submission guidelines via ESMQ’s online submission homepage. The same reviewers will review the full papers and three most successful candidates will be invited to participate in the last round.


Round 3: The three selected candidates are invited to present their papers at the EASM Conference. The presentation should not be a response to the reviews but focus on the contribution of the work to the sport management literature.


The language for each submission is English. Successful candidates need to provide a statement regarding the stage of their academic career, including when appropriate the date of graduation for their doctoral degree. The research paper may not have been presented or published previously in scholarly outlets. If the paper constitutes part of a broader research project undertaken by the student and/or advisor, a note as to how the submitted paper represents an original, independent contribution must be provided by the student’s advisor/supervisor.


The author of the best paper will receive a prize of €500 which has been donated by Routledge Journals. In addition, the winner will receive a complimentary one-year EASM membership, which includes a free annual subscription to the ESMQ. The winner will also be invited to submit a full paper of his/her work to the ESMQ for publication, taking into account the comments and feedback of the reviewers on how the paper may be strengthened for possible publication. The two finalists will win a book price.


An expert panel will adjudicate on the award, which will be weighted as follows: 70% will be based on the written paper, 30% will be based on the oral presentation during the EASM conference.


List of winners of the EASM NRA Award

2017  Johannes Berendt (German Sport University)

2016   Gareth J. Jones (North Carolina State University)

2015    Felix Wemmer (Technische Universität München)

2014    Ashlee Morgan (University of Technology Sydney)

2013    Christos Anagnostopoulos (Coventry University)

2012    Reinhard Kunz (University of Bayreuth)

2011    Christian Durchholz (University of Bayreuth)

2010    Daniel Lock (University of Technology Sydney)

2009    Hugo Relvas (Liverpool John Moores University)

2008    Joerg Koenigstorfer (Saarland University)