Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2017 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Allison Thompson

Allison Thompson

Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany

Allison Thompson is a recent graduate of Brandenburg University of Technology, where she earned an MA in World Heritage. Her thesis offered a reconceptualization of sport and examined its potential as a means of cultural development within the context of UNESCO. She also holds a BA in history from Brandeis University and an MSc in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. In addition to sport for development, Allison’s research interests include: socio-cultural sustainability through sport; youth and social inclusion, especially in post-conflict zones; intangible heritage values; and, the uses of sport within the UN system. She is currently looking at different programs and hopes to start her PhD in the fall.

​Mariann Bardocz-Bencsi

​Mariann Bardocz-Bencsi

University of Physical Education, Hungary

Mariann Bardocz-Bencsik holds a Master’s degree in International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. She is currently enrolled in the PhD programme of the University of Physical Education in Hungary, her research topic is the role of sport in international development.

She completed two internships abroad; both were linked to her PhD-studies: one at Peace and Sport in Monaco and one at the Swiss Academy for Development in Switzerland.

She worked in the international office of the University of Physical Education, Hungary and now works in the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO).

She is member of the Hungarian Society of Sport Science.

Charles Caster

Charles Caster

University of Freiburg, Germany

A native Oregonian, Charles is currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Freiburg in the Master’s of British and North American Cultural Studies program. After completing his undergraduate work in German Studies and History at Western Oregon University, Charles came to focus on popular culture in the English-speaking realm. More recently he has concerned himself with film studies, the cultural implications of disaster, and society’s relationship to the body. Charles has presented on the use of political motifs in graphic novels at the US Studies Center in Sydney and was invited to present on the aesthetics of sports at the EUCOR Graduate English Conference in Basel, Switzerland last April. His current research focuses on the impact sports, fitness, and exercise has on politics, culture, and the individual.

​Dana Sidorová

​Dana Sidorová

Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Dana Sidorová is a PhD student in clinical psychology at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Her thesis describes the lived experience of Czech “inland” surfers in a comparison with lived experience of “coastal” surfers from Oahu, Hawaii. She cooperates with Brigham Young University, Hawaii.

Dana is currently enrolled in the full diploma training in Process Oriented Psychotherapy in Slovakia. In the future, she would like to combine surfing and psychotherapy.

Her main inspiration to explore surfing was the fact that she is a passionate surfer girl herself. Dana also runs small NGO called emOcean, which organizes surfcamps in Morocco and spread the spirit of surfing around Czech Republic.

Smitha Chandran

Smitha Chandran

National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India

Smitha Chandran comes from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, where she is presently pursuing her PhD, and she has completed her post graduation with 1st class from Pondicherry Central University; both are among the most reputed institutions of India. Her areas of interest are cultural studies and Indian writing in English and her PhD work is on sport narratives. She is not a hard core fan of any particular sport, but she developed a recent interest in the life of the sportspersons of India. The result of which is her PhD work and this area is less worked on in India. Along with this she is very passionate about dancing.

Elaine Barry

Elaine Barry

University of Limerick, Ireland

Elaine Barry, is a lecturer in Sports Management and Course Director of Limerick Institute of Technologies Sports Development Course. She is also completing a PhD at the University of Limerick, where her research interest is in women in senior management positions within the sports industry. Elaine has enjoyed an illustrious career in both the education and community sports development sectors for nearly two decades. Her career started in the UK where she spent 10 years studying and teaching, completing a BA (Hons) in Physical Education and Business Studies and an MEd in Educational Psychology. She then moved to Ireland where she worked as a coordinator of an Irish Sports Council initiative, before taking up the role as a lecturer at Limerick Institute of Technology.