FREE Networks 

The FREE project does not wish to do research in an ivory tower, but instead to keep focus on issues and findings which are relevant both to policy-makers and to civil society. Moreover, FREE wishes to remain open to advice from scholars who are familiar with the project and the topics it covers.

The consortium has therefore decided to set up four different external bodies who will accompany the project throughout the three years of its duration:

  • a Scientific Advisory Board;
  • a Policy-Maker Panel;
  • a Civil Society Network;
  • a Media Partner Network.

The members of these external bodies play no part in day-to-day project management, but they will be invited to all public events organised by FREE, including the kick-off and the concluding conference. They are very regularly informed about the progress of the project by means of intermediate progress reports, the project newsletter and of course the website. Their input in form of comments, feedback and advice will be welcome throughout the project.

Scientific Advisory Board

    Networking – a goal of the project

The FREE Scientific Advisory Board provides precious advice and significant expertise in all relevant academic disciplines concerned by the FREE project. Their contribution is based on interest in the project and a relation of friendship with the consortium – they do not receive any salaries or indemnities for their contribution.

  • Professor Christian Bromberger, from the Institute of Mediterranean, European and Comparative Ethnology at the University of Provence in Aix-en-Provence;
  • Professor Céline Belot, from the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) at the University of Grenoble, and the CNRS laboratory PACTE;
  • Professor Ali Çarkoğlu, professor in international relations from the College of Administrative Science & Economics at Koç University, Istanbul;
  • Professor Marion Demossier, from the Centre for European Anthropology of the University of Southampton;
  • Professor Matti Goksøyr, from the Department of Cultural and Social Studies at the Norwegian School for Sports Sciences, Oslo;
  • Professor Gabriele Klein, from the Centre for Culture, Media and Society of the University of Hamburg;
  • Professor Ireen Christine Winter, from the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology of the University of Vienna;
  • Tanil Bora, Editor, Iletisim Publishing House, Turkey

Policy-Maker Panel

The FREE Policy-Maker Panel exists to help the consortium to maintain its focus on policy-relevant issues (which is central to several research strands). It is composed of personalities involved in policy-making, from both European and national institutions as well as from UEFA, the governing body of European football.

  • José Luis Arnaut, lawyer and former Vice-Prime minister of Portugal, author of the 2006 Independent European Sports Review;
  • Richard Corbett, former Member of the European Parliament (PES) and, since 2009, member of the cabinet of President Herman van Rompuy;
  • Aykan Erdemir, Member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, member of the EU-Turkey joint parliamentary assembly and the EU Harmonisation Committee of the Turkish Parliament (to be confirmed)
  • William Gaillard, Director at UEFA, the governing body of European football, and advisor to President Michel Platini;
  • Jonathan Hill, member of the cabinet of Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, former head of the UEFA Brussels office;
  • Linda Jakubowicz, officer at the the Austrian Academy for Security of the Ministry of the Interior, Vienna (to be confirmed);

Civil Society Network

The FREE project is keen on maintaining, throughout the entire duration of the project, close links with actors of civil society who are active in the areas covered by the project’s research proposal. The FREE Civil Society Network exists to keep the research work carried out by FREE close to questions which are deemed to be relevant by civil society members and receive feedback from a target group which should be one of the main end users of research in the social sciences and humanities: the citizens.

  • ‘Sport and Citizenship’, the Brussels-based European think-tank which is dedicated to putting forward the core values of sport in society, in the realm of politics, economics and media issues;
  • ‘Football Supporters Europe’, the transnational federation of national football supporters organisations based in Hamburg, representing both individuals and organisations and recognised by UEFA to represent supporters across the continent;
  • ‘Supporters Direct’, an association which campaigns for the wider recognition of the social, cultural and economic value of sports clubs, and for responsible and financially sustainable management of professional football;
  • ‘Sport&EU’, the network of academics and practitioners with an interest in the study of the relationship between sport and the European Union;
  • ‘Der Tödliche Pass’, the Munich-based renowned German quarterly established in 1995 at aiming since then at 'a better understanding of football culture' since 1995;
  • ‘Fairplay’, the initiative against racism and discrimination in sport launched by the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC), and founding member of the FARE network;
  • ‘LICRA (Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l’Antisémitisme)’, one of the oldest and most influential anti-discrimination organisations based in Paris, which also has a committee dedicated to sports issues and works with the French professional football clubs;
  • ‘PFPO (Professional Football Players Observatory)’, the well-established and well-known think-tank dedicated to players’ mobility and migration issues, based at the International Center for Sports Studies in Neufchâtel;
  • ‘LDIF (Ligue du Droit International des Femmes)’, the well-known women’s rights association founded by Simone de Beauvoir and based in Paris, which also has a special committee on gender issues in sports;
  • ‘Diasbola’, an international platform dealing with women’s football and migration issues, located in Portugal;
  • ‘Streetfootballworld’, the worldwide network of organisations that use football as a tool to empower disadvantaged young people by engaging private and public partners to create social change.
  • ISCA - International Sport and Culture Association’, an organisation bringing together sport, culture and youth organisations from across the globe.

All throughout its duration, the FREE project will remain open to ideas and needs formulated by civil society and extend its Civil Society Network. The network is expected to be fluctuating, in accordance with the development of the different civil society organisations concerned and their different centres of interest.

Media Partners Network

The FREE project also entertains close links with certain media representatives who have shown interest in the project and are willing to accompany the consortium with help and advice. This network will be continuously extended over the three years of the project. Its initial composition will be published here in May 2012.

A crucial support was provided even before the launch of the project by Fabrice Jouhaud, editor-in-chief of L’Équipe, Europe’s most influential sports daily. The access granted to the treasure of its photo archives was invaluable for the illustration of this website.