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Ramón Spaaij is a Professor at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, and also holds the Special (Endowed) Chair of Sociology of Sport in the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He has a PhD in Sociology (University of Amsterdam, 2007) and a MA in Public Administration (Leiden University, 2001). He also studied Spanish Language and Cultural Studies.

Ramón has taught at several universities in sociology, anthropology, management, criminology, sports studies and conflict studies. From 2010 to 2013, he was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at La Trobe University, where he was also Deputy Director of the La Trobe Refugee Research Centre (LaRRC). Prior to that he taught sociology at the universities of Melbourne and Amsterdam, and worked as a researcher at the COT Institute for Safety, Security and Crisis Management in the Netherlands. He was a researcher on the European Commission Sixth Framework Programme project ‘Transnational Terrorism, Security and the Rule of Law’. 

Ramón has held visiting professorships and fellowships at the Utrecht University School of Governance (Netherlands), Indiana State University (USA), University of Seville (Spain), Loughborough University (UK), Campinas State University (Unicamp, Brazil) and University of Leicester (UK), among others. 

Ramón currently performs several editorial roles for peer-reviewed academic journals and publishers including: 

  • Assistant Editor: Journal of Global Sport Management (Routledge)
  • Senior Reviews Editor: Sport in Society (Routledge)
  • Editorial Board Member: Sociology of Sport Journal (Human Kinetics); International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics (Routledge); Sport in Society (Routledge); Soccer and Society (Routledge); Modern History of Politics and Violence book series (Bloomsbury); Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics book series (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Special Issue Editor for Sport in Society (2009, 2012), Annals of Leisure Research (2014), Soccer and Society (2015) and Media International Australia (2011)

Ramón convenes The Australian Sociological Association’s (TASA) Sport Thematic Group (with Brent McDonald). He is also a member of the knowledge and innovation network Sport & Society.