Dr Shushu Chen BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Shushu Chen

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management

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School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Shushu Chen is a Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management. Her principal research interests include sport policy analysis and evaluation, and Olympic studies (particularly in the areas of Olympic legacy evaluation). Her recent research projects examine policy and management issues of sport in China, as well as on evaluating Olympics legacies.

陈姝姝,博士,任英国伯明翰大学 (University of Birmingham) 体育政策和管理讲师。于2008在英国拉夫堡大学 (Loughborough University) 完成体育管理研究生学位之后,姝姝获得全额博士奖学金, 在Professor Ian Henry和Professor Barrie Houlihan的指导下,利用三年时间研究完成了‘伦敦奥运会对非举办城市遗产影响’的课题。博士毕业之后直接被英国知山大学 (Edge Hill University) 聘为体育发展与管理讲师。

陈博士的研究兴趣包括体育政策评估与分析,奥运会遗产及影响的评估。自博士以来,姝姝参与并完成了数个国内外大,中,小型关于大型体育文化赛事影响的项目研究, 并在国际优秀体育管理,体育政策相关杂志上频频发表文章,并受邀在欧,亚,美洲的国际体育管理类大会上进行演讲,分享其学术成果。近两年,姝姝积极与中国体育类大学合作,对中国体育发展相关问题产生浓厚兴趣。欢迎来自中国的优秀学生加入她的研究团队。


  • PhD - The London 2012 Olympics Legacy Evaluation for a Non-Hosting Region, Centre for Olympic Studies &Research, Loughborough University, UK
  • MSc – Sport Management, Loughborough University, UK
  • BSc – Bioengineering, Beijing Technology and Business University, China


Originally from a science background, with a BSc in bioengineering, Shushu joined the University of Birmingham in 2016 as a lecturer in Sport Policy and Management. Prior to that, she worked at Edge Hill University for two years, also as a lecturer in Sports Development and Management, having previously obtained her postgraduate qualifications from Loughborough University: an MSc in Sport Management and a PhD researching ‘The London 2012 Olympics legacy evaluation for a non-hosting region’. During her time at Loughborough, Shushu has worked with Professor Ian Henry for several projects, including the DCMS’ meta-evaluation of the London 2012 Olympic Games’ impacts and legacies and – together with Professor Holger Preuss (University of Mainz) – a commissioned evaluation study of bids to host the universal Expo of the BIE 2020.

In her ongoing quest for ways to develop sport and physical activity participation, Shushu seeks to inform and improve policymaking decisions with her work, particularly through her cross-cultural insights into China’s burgeoning sports scene. Her research involves collaborations in Asia as well as in Europe: She is currently working with Chinese colleagues on management and policy issues regarding mass sport participation and elite sport as well as on a Chinese national project evaluating the 2022 Winter Olympics’ legacies.

In 2018, Shushu had a prestigious invitation from the UN to attend one of their Expert Group Meetings (for the theme of ‘Monitoring and Evaluation of Programmes and Policies to Leverage Sport for Development and Peace’) at the UN Secretariat.


Dr Chen teaches on both the Sport, P.E. and Coaching Science programme and the Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences programme.

Postgraduate supervision

Shushu is interested in supervising doctoral research in the areas of sport policy and management in both contexts of the UK and China particularly focused on:

  • Policy analysis and evaluation
  • Olympic legacy analysis
  • Sport policy for both elite sport and mass sport
  • Programme and intervention evaluation

Her PhD students include:

  • Xiao Liang: Her Phd topic is Formula One Chinese Grand Prix’s impact on local SMEs’ economic and social development in Shanghai


Research projects:

  1. PI: Assessing the Olympics impacts (British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant).
  2. Co-I: Delivery, planning and evaluation of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games legacies’ (National Social Science Foundation Fund of China).

Research interests:

  • Sport policy
  • Sport management
  • Policy evaluation
  • Olympic legacy evaluation

Other activities

Shushu serves as an editorial board member for the following journals:

  • Frontiers: the History, Culture and Sociology of Sports
  • Frontiers: Sport, Leisure and Tourism
  • Asian Journal of Sport History & Culture

She is also a regular reviewer for the following peer-review journals:

  • Leisure Studies
  • European Sport Management Quarterly
  • International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics
  • Sport in Society


Refereed Journal Articles and chapters:

  • Chen, S & Liu, D. (2020) Olympic and Paralympic impacts in non-host regions. In Yamamoto, M., Seguin, B., Garcia, B., & Chatziefstathiou, D. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Olympic and Paralympic Impacts. London: Routledge.
  • Chen, S., & Henry, I. (2019). Assessing Olympic legacy claims: Evaluating explanations of causal mechanisms and policy outcomes. Evaluation, OnlineFirst, 1356389019836675. doi:10.1177/1356389019836675
  • Chen, S., & Misener, L. (2019). Event Leveraging in a Nonhost Region: Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Sport Management, 33(4), 275. doi:10.1123/jsm.2018-0210.
  • Chen, S., Preuss, H., Hu, X., Kenyon, J., & Liang, X. (2019). Sport Policy Development in China: Legacies of Beijing’s 2008 Summer Olympic Games and 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Journal of Global Sport Management, 1-30. doi:10.1080/24704067.2019.1566756
  • Hu, X., Chen, S., Kenyon, J. A., & Deng, X. (2019). [In Chinese] ‘Guoji Aoweihui Yichan Zhanlue Fangzhen Kuangjia Xiade Aoyun Yichan Yuanjing Yu Zhili’ [The vision construction and governance of the legacy of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games against the background of the Legacy Strategic Approach]. Journal of Shanghai Sports Institute, 43(1), 36-42.
  • Chen, S., Zheng, J., & Dickson, G. (2018). Volunteering for sports mega events: a non-host region perspective, Managing Sport and Leisure, Online First. doi:10.1080/23750472.2018.1530609.
  • Zheng, J., Lau, P., Chen, S., Dickson, G., De Bosscher, V., & Peng, Q. (2018). Interorganisational conflict between national and provincial sport organisations within China’s elite sport system: Perspectives from national organisations. Sport Management Review. Online First. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2018.10.002.
  • Chen, S. (2018). Sport policy evaluation: What do we know and how might we move forward? International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Special Issue: Theory and methods in sport policy and politics research, 1-19. doi:10.1080/19406940.2018.1488759.
  • Zheng, J., Chen, S., Tan, T., Lau, P. (2018). China profile, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 1-23. doi:10.1080/19406940.2017.1413585
  • Chen, S., Zheng, J., & Dickson, G. (2017).An organisational life cycle approach to exploring the elite sport legacy of Summer Olympic host nations: The cases of China (Beijing 2008) and Australia (Sydney 2000), International Journal of the History of Sport (In press).
  • Chen, S. & Henry, I. (2017). Schools’ engagement with the Get Set London 2012 Olympic education programme: Empirical insights from schools in a non-hosting region. European Physical Education Review, doi: 10.1177/1356336X17721437.
  • Chen, X. & Chen, S. (2017). It’s not doable!’ Exploring physical education teachers’ perspectives on the policy change of sport and physical education in Chinese universities, for the special issue: University Sport & Public Policy, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, doi: 10.1080/19406940.2017.1320302.
  • Geoff, D, Zheng, J., & Chen, S. (2017). Golf in Asia and the Middle East. Chapter 17 in Breitbarth, T., Kaiser-Jovy, S., & Dickson, G. (Eds.) Golf Business and Management: A global introduction (pp). London: Routledge.
  • Chen, X. & Chen, S. (2017). [In Chinese] ‘Woguo minhan feixingyuan tizhi xianzhuang yu yeyu tiyu duanlian yanjiu’. [Research on current situation of pilots’ physical fitness and amateur physical training in China]. Journal of Guangzhou Sport University, 37(1).
  • Chen, X. & Chen, S. (2016). [In Chinese] ‘Shimian maifu xia zhonghang shiwai tiyu jiaoxue yingdui jizhi yanjiu’ [Adapting teaching approaches for physical education courses in the case of smog], Civil Aviation Science and Education, 28 (4).
  • Zheng, J., & Chen, S. (2016). Exploring China's success at the Olympic Games: a competitive advantage approach. European Sport Management Quarterly, 16: 148-171. doi: 10.1080/16184742.2016.1140797
  • Chen, X., & Chen, S. (2016). Youth sport in China. Chapter 13 in K. Green & A. Smith (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport (pp. 131-141). London: Routledge.
  • Chen, S., & Henry, I. (2015). Evaluating the London 2012 Games’ impact on sport participation in a non-hosting region: a practical application of realist evaluation. Leisure Studies, 35: 685-707. doi: 10.1080/02614367.2015.1040827
  • Chen, S., Henry, I., & Ko, L.-M. (2013). Meta-evaluation, analytic logic models and the assessment of impacts of sport policies. Chapter 4 in Henry, I & Ko, L-M (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Sport Policy. London: Routledge.
  • Chen, S., & Henry, I. (2012). Women in Management and Leadership in the Olympic Movement in Muslim Majority Countries: An Empirical Evaluation of Huntington's Clash of Civilisations Typology. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 1-14.


  • Zheng, J., Chen, S., Tan, T., & Houlihan, B. (2018). Sport policy in China. London: Routledge.

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China/Chinese sport; Olympic Games; sporting mega events legacy and impacts; sport policy evaluation; elite sport and mass sport participation