Sport Ecology: Conceptualizing an Emerging Subdiscipline Within Sport Management Academic Article uri icon


  • The relationship between sport and the natural environment is bidirectional and critical to the production of sport products, events, and experiences. Researchers have studied sport and the natural environment within the various subdisciplines of sport management. However, given the changing climate and mounting public concern for the environment, there is pressure to reconsider the relevance and significance of the natural environment, which is taken for granted in managerial contexts. Reflecting the importance of the natural environment, the robustness of the current literature, and the potential for the future, we propose a new subdiscipline of sport management called sport ecology. Thus, we proposed, in this paper, a definition for sport ecology, (re)introduced key concepts related to this subdiscipline (e.g.,sustainability, green), and highlighted the leading research that serves as the foundation for sport ecology. We concluded with a discussion on the ways sport ecology can informand be informed byother subdisciplines of sport management.

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altmetric score

  • 7.9

author list (cited authors)

  • McCullough, B. P., Orr, M., & Kellison, T.

citation count

  • 55

complete list of authors

  • McCullough, Brian P||Orr, Madeleine||Kellison, Timothy

publication date

  • November 2020