Dr J. Simon Rofe
Dr J Simon Rofe is Senior Research Fellow and Assistant Programme Director at ISH.
Simon will be teaching the following modules:
- Sports Governance, Law, Ethics & Research Methods (shared with Professor Tony Collins)
- The Sporting Event
- Sport, Society & Equality
Simon is Reader in Diplomatic Studies at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), SOAS University of London, SOAS’s Head of Digital Learning and Programme Director for the MA Global Diplomacy. Simon co-founded the field of Sports Diplomacy, building out from his international research profile in diplomacy, history and international relations with an emphasis on the twin realms of Sport and Diplomacy. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, a selection of recent publications includes: 'The Untold Story of FIFA’s Diplomacy and the 1966 World Cup: North Korea, Africa and Sir Stanley Rous'. w/ Professor Alan Tomlinson, The International History Review, 2019 DOI: 10.1080/07075332.2019.1593218; Sport and Diplomacy: Games within Games (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018): 'Sport and Diplomacy: A Global Diplomacy Framework.' Diplomacy and Statecraft, 27 (2). pp. 212-230. 2016; and 'It is a squad game: Manchester United as a diplomatic non-state actor in international affairs.' Sport in Society, 17 (9). pp. 1136-1154. 2014.
Simon has developed first MA module globally to address ‘Sport and Diplomacy: More than a Game’, following a role in the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) in 2012. Simon founded the Sport, Diplomacy, and Governance Hub, which provides for multi-directional knowledge exchange, and has established the Global Sports Conversations podcast series. He has advised a number of foregin governments, international sporting federations, national governing bodies, and other stakeholders.