Dr. Ian Brittain

Ian Brittain is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry Business School. He is an internationally recognised expert in the study of disability and Paralympic sport and has attended the last four summer Paralympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London. He is an experienced researcher and is widely published in a variety of books/book chapters and journals. Dr Brittain is an active reviewer for a number of journals, book publishers and funding bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council. He has presented at a variety of national and international conferences and has been successful in a number of large grant applications. These include a Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme bid worth €852.600) on managing the impact of mega-events and two Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships for Dr Leonardo Mataruna from Brazil and Prof. Jill LeClair from Canada for which Dr Brittain acts as Scientist in Charge.

Books
  • Brittain, I. (2016) The Paralympic Games Explained. 2nd edn. UK: Routledge   
  • Brittain, I. (2016) ‘Military Links to Competitive Sport and Games as Part of the Rehabilitation and Recovery Process’. Navigator (Special Edition on Military Sports History in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games) 12 (23), 108-115.
  • Beacom, A., and Brittain, I. (2016) ‘Public Diplomacy and the International Paralympic Committee: reconciling the roles of disability advocate and sports regulator’. Diplomacy and Statecraft 27 (2), 273-294. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09592296.2016.1169795
  • Brittain, I., and Beacom, A., (2017) The Palgrave Handbook of Paralympic Studies. [Under Construction] UK: Palgrave. 
  • Brittain, I. (2014) From Stoke Mandeville to Sochi: A history of the summer and winter Paralympic Games. Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing. 
  • Brittain, I. (ed.) (2013) Disability Sport: A Vehicle for Social Change? ‘Conference on Disability Sport: A Vehicle for Social Change?’. held 23-25 August 2012 at Coventry University.  Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing. 
  • Brittain, I. (2012) From Stoke Mandeville to Stratford: A history of the summer Paralympic Games. Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing. 
  • Brittain, I. (2009) The Paralympic Games Explained. UK: Routledge.

Selected Journal Articles

  • Brittain, I., and Beacom, A. (2016) ‘Leveraging the London 2012 Paralympic Games: What legacy for people with disabilities?’ Journal of Sport and Social Issues. [in press] Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0193723516655580
  • The social and Economic Impacts of Mega-Events (Carnival): Co-PI with Dr Sam Gorse on a four year project looking at the management of legacy for mega-events with partners in Germany, South Africa, USA and Brazil. 
  • From the East End of London to the Favelas of Rio de Janiero: The relevance and transferability of the social legacy programmes of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (LONRIO): Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship for Dr Leonardo Mataruna (Brazil). 
  • An investigation of the impact of multi-platform media coverage of the 2012 London Paralympic Games and the 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games upon perceptions of disability (LONTOR): Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship for Dr Jill Le Clair (Canada). 
  • Playing for Peace: Researched, designed and produced an exhibition entitled ‘Playing for Peace’ that was awarded one of a very limited number of London 2012 Olympic Truce Related Inspire Marks. It has subsequently been translated into Japanese and displayed at a number of Japanese universities.