Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives

3. Blogs


5. The Qatar World Cup 2022 Stadiums Are Built, But Will Pandemic-Era Fans Still Come?

Simon Chadwick, November 16, 2020

Simon Chadwick is Director of Eurasian Sport, Professor of the Eurasian Sport Industry and Director of the Centre for the Eurasian Sport Industry, at Emlyon Business School, based in Paris and Shanghai. He is also Senior Fellow of the University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute, where he is Founding Director of the China Soccer Observatory. He previously worked as Director of Research for the Josoor Institute in Qatar, which is part of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the institute organizing the 2022 World Cup. Chadwick has been part of two CIRS research projects; Sport, Society, and Politics in the Middle East and Football in the Middle East.



Charlotte4. FIFA World Cup 2022: Increased opportunities for Qatar’s women footballers?

Charlotte Lysa, November 3, 2020

Charlotte Lysa is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo. She holds a PhD in Middle Eastern studies from the Institute of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages from 2020.






James Dorsey3. The Qatar World Cup: Dreaming of Bridging the Gulf Rift 

James Dorsey, October 29, 2020

Dr. James M. Dorsey is an award-winning journalist and a senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and  the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute. He is also the author of the syndicated column and blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer.




Ross2. National Identity in the Qatar Men’s National Football Team 

Ross Griffin, October 25, 2020

Ross Griffin is an Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Literature in Qatar University. His research interests include the relationship between sport and culture, national identity, and sports history. He has published work on a range of subjects including the social legacies of Qatar’s hosting of mega-sporting events, as well as Orientalism in the British broadsheet press coverage of the 2022 World Cup.



danyel1. Avoiding White Elephants: Why the Education City Stadium is Built to Last

Danyel Reiche, October 25, 2020

Dr Danyel Reiche joined Georgetown University Qatar in summer 2020 as a Visiting Associate Professor. It is the second time he is joining GU, after being a Visiting Assistant Professor at the main campus in Washington D.C. in 2006-2007. He is on leave from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon where he is a tenured Associate Professor of Comparative Politics.