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Josef Fahlén

I work as Professor at the Department of Education. In doing so, I teach undergraduate courses, supervise doctoral students and conduct research within sport pedagogy / sport management.

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Hus Y, Beteendevetarhuset Umeå universitet, Mediagränd 14, Beteendevetarhuset, 901 87 Umeå

I work as Professor at the Department of Education. In doing so, I teach undergraduate courses, supervise doctoral students and conduct research within sport pedagogy / sport management.

In my research, I focus on the intersection between sport policy and sport organizations, asking questions related to, on the one hand, how policies for sport-related activities are formed, implemented and evaluated, and on the other hand, how such processes and other societal influences affect the organization of sport activities in club-, association- and self-organized forms. At the core of such questions lies an overarching ambition to shed light on how processes of politics, governance, organization and management have real consequences for the exercise of sport activities in terms of distribution of power and resources, and in terms of prioritizations of types of activities and target groups.

This ambition is currently carried out in the form of four research projects: 1. Exploring negotiations between member needs and external expectations in sport club boardrooms; 2. Gatekeeping sport governance-the (re)production of (mis)representation in board nomination processes; 3. Sport, youth and social innovation: On civil society as a means of promoting social inclusion in multi-ethnic suburbs; and 4. Legitimizing transformational change: sport consultants' role in the implementation of strategy 2025.

Findings from these projects, and previous my research, are published primarily in European Sport Management Quarterly, European Journal for Sport and Society, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, and Sport in Society. Regarding the first three of these journals, I also serve on the Editorial board.

Graduating in 2006 with a dissertation on the professionalization and commercialization in Swedish ice hockey, and making Associate Professor in 2011, I have remained at Umeå University where I currently act as and Deputy Head of Department. In addition, I work as Visiting Professor at the Department of Sport and Social Sciences, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.

More about the research area Sport Pedagogy

Idrottens kraft?: ungas livsvillkor och ojämlikhetens problem i en segregerad stad, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB 2021 : 91-116
Ekholm, David; Fahlén, Josef; Stenling, Cecilia
Idrottens kraft?: ungas livsvillkor och ojämlikhetens problem i en segregerad stad, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB 2021 : 149-173
Holmlid, Stefan; Fahlén, Josef; Stenling, Cecilia; et al.
International Review for the Sociology of Sport
Skille, Eivind Å.; Fahlén, Josef; Stenling, Cecilia; et al.
Idrett, kjønn og ledelse: festskrift til Jorid Hovden, Bergen: Fagbokforlaget 2021 : 306-322
Skille, Eivind Å.; Fahlén, Josef; Stenling, Cecilia; et al.
European Sport Management Quarterly, Routledge 2021 : 1-18
Skille, Eivind Å.; Lehtonen, Kati; Fahlén, Josef
European Sport Management Quarterly
Stenling, Cecilia; Fahlén, Josef; Strittmatter, Anna-Maria; et al.
International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, InderScience Publishers 2020, Vol. 20, (3/4) : 271-288
Bodemar, Annika; Strittmatter, Anna-Maria; Fahlén, Josef
European Journal for Sport and Society, Taylor & Francis 2020, Vol. 17, (2) : 85-95
Evans, Adam B.; Blackwell, Joanna; Dolan, Paddy; et al.
Sport management, del 2: Styrning och samhällsengagemang inom svensk idrott, Stockholm: SISU idrottsböcker 2020 : 38-59
Fahlén, Josef; Stenling, Cecilia
European Sport Management Quarterly, Taylor & Francis 2020, Vol. 20, (2) : 239-254
Skille, Eivind Å.; Fahlén, Josef
Sport, Alcohol and Social Inquiry: A Global Cocktail, Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2020 : 131-145
Stenling, Cecilia; Fahlén, Josef
European Sport Management Quarterly, Routledge 2020, Vol. 20, (5) : 636-654
Stenling, Cecilia; Fahlén, Josef; Strittmatter, Ann-Maria; et al.
Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, Routledge 2019, Vol. 22, (4) : 525-539
Bergsgard, Nils Asle; Borodulin, Katja; Fahlén, Josef; et al.
Sport, Outdoor Life and the Nordic World, Abingdon: Routledge 2019 : 11-25
Bergsgard, Nils Asle; Borodulin, Katja; Fahlén, Josef; et al.
European Sport Management Quarterly, Routledge 2019, Vol. 19, (2) : 265-285
Fahlén, Josef; Stenling, Cecilia
Book of Abstracts for the 27th European Sport Management Conference : 187-188
Fahlén, Josef; Stenling, Cecilia
The European Association for Sociology of Sports (EASS) conference, Bø, Norway, May 18-21, 2019
Fahlén, Josef; Stenling, Cecilia
Book of Abstracts 2019 International Sociology of Sport Conference, University of Otago 2019 : 18-18
Fahlén, Josef; Stenling, Cecilia; Skille, Eivind Å.; et al.
16th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, Bø, Norway, June 3-6, 2019
Ferry, Magnus; Fahlén, Josef
Book of Abstracts for the World Congress of Sociology of Sport 2019 : 19-19
Skille, Eivind Å.; Fahlén, Josef; Stenling, Cecilia; et al.
Idrotten och (o)jämlikheten: i medlemmarnas eller samhällets intresse?, Stockholm: Centrum för idrottsforskning 2019 : 151-165
Stenling, Cecilia; Fahlén, Josef
Routledge handbook of physical activity policy and practice, Abingdon: Routledge 2018 : 359-370
Aggestål, Anna; Fahlén, Josef
ISSA 2018 Book of Abstracts: The 2018 annual conference international sociology of sport association, Lausanne: Institut des sciences du sport de l'Université de Lausanne 2018 : 15-15
Bodemar, Annika; Strittmatter, Anna-Maria; Fahlén, Josef
Idrottsforum.org/Nordic sport science forum
Fahlén, Josef
Sport management: del 1. Idrottens organisationer i en svensk kontext, Stockholm: SISU Idrottsböcker 2018 : 92-119
Fahlén, Josef
Sport in Scandinavia and the Nordic Countries, London: Routledge 2018 : 136-172
Fahlén, Josef; Ferry, B. Magnus
Resurser, representation och "riktig" idrott: om jämställdhet inom idrotten, Stockholm: Centrum för idrottsforskning 2018 : 96-119
Fahlén, Josef; Ferry, Magnus
ISSA 2018 Abstracts: The 2018 annual conference international sociology of sport association, Lausanne: Lausanne University 2018 : 18-18
Fahlén, Josef; Stenling, Cecilia
15th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, Bordeaux, France, 23 - 26 May, 2018
Ferry, B. Magnus; Fahlén, Josef
Bordeaux: EASS 2018
Stenling, Cecilia; Fahlén, Josef; Strittmatter, Anna-Maria; et al.
International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Routledge 2018, Vol. 10, (4) : 621-635
Strittmatter, Anna-Maria; Stenling, Cecilia; Fahlén, Josef; et al.
Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, Routledge 2018, Vol. 21, (11) : 1686-1703
Söderström, Tor; Fahlén, Josef; Ferry, Magnus; et al.
International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Sage Publications 2017, Vol. 52, (4) : 497-517
Fahlén, Josef
International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Taylor & Francis 2017, Vol. 9, (4) : 707-722
Fahlén, Josef
Sport policy in small states
Fahlén, Josef; Wickman, Kim; Eliasson, Inger
International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Routledge 2017, (1) : 173-187
Fahlén, Josef; Åsrum Skille, Eivind
International journal of sports science & coaching, Sage Publications 2017, Vol. 12, (4) : 470-480
Johansson, Annika; Fahlén, Josef
The Routledge handbook of talent identification and development in sport, Oxon: Routledge 2017 : 455-465
Skille, Eivind Åsrum; Stenling, Cecilia; Fahlén, Josef
Svensk Idrottsforskning: Organ för Centrum för Idrottsforskning
Stenling, Cecilia; Fahlén, Josef
The Values of Sport: Between tradition and (post)modernity: Abstract book, Prague, Czech Republic: Charles University, F 2017 : 54-55
Stenling, Cecilia; Fahlén, Josef
Griffith University 2017
Stenling, Cecilia; Fahlén, Josef; Strittmatter, Anna-Maria; et al.
Idrottsvetenskap: en introduktion, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB 2016 : 233-257
Fahlén, Josef
Book of Abstract EASS 2016: Sport in the City – Mobility, Urbanity and Social Change, Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sport 2016 2016 : 55-55
Fahlén, Josef; Ferry, Magnus
Pedagogiska rapporter från Pedagogiska institutionen, 94
Fahlén, Josef; Lindgren, Joakim; Ferry, Magnus; et al.
Utafor sporet?: Idrett, identiteter og regionalisme i nord, Vallset: Oplandske Bokforlag 2016 : 135-167
Fahlén, Josef; Skille, Eivind Å.
International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Taylor & Francis Group 2016, Vol. 8, (3) : 515-531
Fahlén, Josef; Stenling, Cecilia
Book of Abstracts EASS 2016: Sport in the City – Mobility, Urbanity and Social Change, Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sport 2016 2016 : 49-49
Ferry, Magnus; Fahlén, Josef
Pedagogiska rapporter från Pedagogiska institutionen, 95
Ferry, Magnus; Fahlén, Josef; Lindgren, Joakim