The vision of sustainable sport in a backcasting research

Köves, Alexandra ORCID:, Szathmári, Attila ORCID: and Herr, Orsolya (2021) The vision of sustainable sport in a backcasting research. Society and Economy, 43 (4). pp. 314-330. DOI 10.1556/204.2021.00009

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It is now becoming widely accepted that our economy has reached the limits both in terms of the carrying capacity of our planet and in terms of bringing real social justice to the table. Degrowth is a research area that aims to transcend mainstream approaches. While moving beyond the growth paradigm would entail serious changes in all areas of social life and Degrowth research extends into most of them, the transformation of sports is not among them. Neither is Degrowth a recognised concept among those who deal with sports. The participatory backcasting research introduced in this paper attempts to fill this void. In the backcasting project, master students of sports economics envisioned the sustainable future of sports and identified potential intervention steps that lead towards such normative states. This paper describes the results and assesses those elements that aim for strong sustainability. The results show that relocalisation and the sharing economy are the most accepted Degrowth concepts in a normative scenario on sustainable sports in this group. At the same time, the paper offers frameworks of thoughts for those who want to move beyond the slogans of sustainability either as responsible citizens or in positions related to the world of sports.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:sustainability, backcasting, Degrowth, sports, participatory research
JEL classification:Q56 - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
Divisions:Faculty of Business Administration > Institute of Finance and Accounting > Department of Finance
ID Code:7059
Deposited By: Alexa Horváth
Deposited On:07 Dec 2021 08:23
Last Modified:07 Dec 2021 12:13

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