David Hassan


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 201 Citations
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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.

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Research Output 2000 2019

Still as divided as ever? Northern Ireland, football and identity 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement

Hassan, D. & Ferguson, K., 17 Nov 2019, In : Soccer and Society. 20, 7-8, p. 1071-1083 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Northern Ireland

Introduction: Sport and contested identities

Acton, C. & Hassan, D., 1 Jan 2018, Sport and Contested Identities. p. 1-8

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Sport and Contested Identities

Hassan, D. (ed.) & Acton, C. (ed.), 1 Jan 2018, 255 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

Open Access
combat sport
meso level

The Good Friday dis-agreement: sport and contested identities in Northern Ireland since 1998

Murray, C. & Hassan, D., 1 Jan 2018, Sport and contested identities. p. 30-48

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access