Daniel Bjärsholm

Daniel Bjärsholm

Department of Sport Science Faculty of Social Sciences
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I'm a teacher and researcher in sport science, and currently also head of department at the Department of Sport Science.


Most of my teaching is within our bachelor programme Coaching and Sport Management where I supervise students and teach about the organisation of sport, commercialisation of sport, and the role of sport in society, especially focusing on social responsibility in sports (e.g., social entrepreneurship in sport and CSR in/through sport). In addition, teaching also takes place within the police education, the upper secondary teacher programme (Physical Education and Health), and at the department's (two-year) master programme in Sport Science. 


My research is primarily focused on social responsibility in and through sport. Specifically, based on concepts such as social entrepreneurship, social innovation and corporate social responsibility, my work examines organisations operating sport-based activities aimed at addressing social issues. My other research interests include sustainable sport from an economic, social and ecological perspective as well as sport history, sport policy and sport pedagogy.

My research has been published in various academic journals including Journal of Sport Management, European Sport Management Quarterly, European Journal for Sport and Society and International Journal of the History of Sport. I have also authored several book chapters in edited books published by Routledge and Palgrave MacMillan.

Furthermore, I have reviewed both research papers for journals (e.g., European Sport Management Quarterly, Sport Management Review and Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum) and book proposals for publishers such as Routledge and Palgrave MacMillan.


At the moment I have the following assingments:

  • Head of department at the Department of Sport Science, Linnaeus University.
  • Member of the Council for Research and Education in Police Work, Linnaeus University. 
  • Chairperson of the Education Committee at the Handball Federation South (Handbollförbundet Syd). 

In the past, I have, for instance, had the following assignments:

  • Associate head of department at the Department of Sport Science, Linnaeus University, 2022.
  • Programme coordinator for the bachelor programme Coaching and Sport Managment at the Department of Sport Science, Linnaeus University, 2019–2022.
  • Member of the education board at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Linnaeus University, 2020–2022.
  • Chairperson of the education board at the Department of Sport Science, Linnaeus University, 2020–2022.
  • Coordinator for internationalisation at the Department of Sport Science, Linnaeus University, 2018–2021.
  • Head of administration (2018) and consultant (2019–2020) in the organisation of international conferences organised by the European Association of Sport Management (EASM).


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