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Prof Grant Jarvie

Chair in Sport

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of the University, National Taiwan University
Doctor of Social Science, University of Leicester
Master of Arts, Queen's University, Canada
Bachelor of Education, University of Exeter

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseSport, Higher Education, Highlands and Islands


Professor Grant Jarvie MA, PhD, PhD (Honorary) is Chair of Sport at the University of Edinburgh where he is linked to the School of Education, the Academy of Government and the International Centre for Cultural Relations. He is founding Diretor of the University of Edinburgh's Global Academy of Sport. 

He has served as a Visiting Research Professor with the University of Toronto since 2014. 

He has served as Vice- Principal ( with periods as Acting Principal)  at a Scottish University holding key portfolio’s, leading on key strategies, attracting significant income and managing organisational change.

He has served as Chair of the Sportscotland Trust Company and as a  Board member of Sportscotland - the National Sports Agency and QAA Scotland. Grant currently serves on the Boards of the Scottish Football Association, East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust, The Scottish Sports Hall of Fame and CBMS International Strategy Board. 

He has significant leadership experience in many universities, research centres, schools and departments, including Warwick, Heriot Watt and Stirling.

A social scientist, Grant Jarvie has spent his career combining research and teaching into sport, education, health and international development while leading organisational change in higher education.

He has been an advisor to a number of governments (Scotland, United Kingdom, Montenegro, Romania, Portugal, Monaco, Malaysia, and Kenya) on key matters of policy and development. His research has generated questions in both Scottish and other parliaments and recent income generation has exceeded £15 million.

Professor Jarvie’s achievements have been widely recognised internationally. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2009 in recognition for his services to international collaboration; worked with the Prince Albert Foundation to promote peace and reconciliation through sport; serves an international advisor to UNESCO and has been visiting research Professor at the Universities of Toronto, Illinois and Warsaw.

He was invited to deliver the Scottish Development International Thought Leadership Seminar in Singapore in 2010 and in Toronto 2012.

Nationally he has served on two Research Assessment Exercise Panels;  local authority Chief Executive Groups; Universities Scotland key committee’s; is a member of the David Hume Institute and has held Directorships of several companies. He has a close working relationship with the work of the Iona Community.

Born in Scotland he comes from an international sporting family, led the development of Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence and the Winning Students scholarship scheme, was awarded the Glen Fiddich Scottish Literary Award for his book Highland Games: The Making of the Myth and more recently Routledge have published Sport, Culture and Society (2018) and re-issued an updated Class, Race and Sport in South Africa's Political Economy (2014)

Current Research Interests

Areas of Specialist Interest:


  • Sport;
  • Higher Education Management;
  • Political Economy;
  • Highlands and Islands


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