Institute for Ethics and Society

Sports Ethics

Sports ethics has been an ongoing focus at the IES, with past events such as the "Changing Tactics: Football and Ethics dinner", a dinner and panel discussion with prominent footballers, and through the work of IES Adjunct Lecturer Pippa Grange, most notably, with her recent book "Ethical Leadership in Sport: What's Your ENDgame?" (Business Expert Press, 2014).

Current work in this research area involves a collaboration between IES staff and staff in the Management Discipline Group at the UTS Business School. The project explores the concept of the "role model" in professional sport, its genesis, its instantiation in legal contracts and the reasonableness of public, media and sporting organisations' expectations regarding its attribution in the context of professional sport.

Recent notable publications in this area, co-authored by Prof. Sandra Lynch (IES, UNDA), A/Prof. Paul Jonson (UTS) and A/Prof. Daryl Adair (UTS), include "Professional Athletes and Their Duty to be Role Models" (in Achieving Ethical Excellence, edited by Michael Schwartz, Howard Harris, and Alan Tapper. Special edition of Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations 12 (2014): 75-90) and "The Contractual and Ethical Duty for a Professional Athlete to be an Exemplary Role Model: Bringing the Sport and Sportsperson into Unreasonable and Unfair Disrepute" (The Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Journal 8:1 (2013): 55-88). For media contributions by the authors on these areas, please go to our media page.


Prof. Sandra Lynch (Director, IES, UNDA)

Dr. Pippa Grange MAPS (Adjunct Lecturer, IES, UNDA)
Director, Bluestone Edge
BSc (hons) (Loughborough University, UK), Grad Dip in Counselling and Communication (ACAP, NSW), Grad Dip in Counselling Psychology (CSU), PhD in Applied Psychology (Victoria University)

A/Prof. Paul Jonson (UTS)
LLB (Syd), BA (Hons) (Syd), GradDipLeisureStudies (KCAE), PhD (UTS)

A/Prof. Daryl Adair (UTS)
Associate Professor of Sport Management, PhD