David Hassan


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Professor Hassan has published 15 books and 175 other research outputs. He holds a Distinguished Research Fellowship from Ulster in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research and has held the role of Academic Editor of Sport in Society for over a decade. He is the Series Editor of Foundations in Sport Management (Routledge) and has delivered over 25 invited lectures, including at Oxford University.David has significant industrial and commercial experience. In 2013 the FIA World Motor Sport Council appointed him to the federation’s Strategic Task Force whilst, more recently, the President of the GAA selected him to join its strategic committee, ‘Towards 150’, tasked with examining the future direction of this sporting body.He has been honoured by the President of Ireland for his academic research on the GAA, whilst his work examining sport management in the Middle East has been acknowledged by the UAE Minister for Culture, Youth, and Social Development. In 2014 UEFA appointed Prof Hassan as an expert witness to its investigation into events at a Champions League game between Ajax and Glasgow Celtic FC that resulted in serious fan disorder.He is Founding Co-Director of the Special Olympics Regional Research Centre at Ulster. His work in this area, supported by over £275k of competitive external funding, has significantly enhanced the integration of young people with intellectual disabilities across Europe.Prof Hassan remains Visiting Professor at the three leading institutions in Australia – University of Technology, Sydney, University of South Australia and Griffith University, Gold Coast.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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