Niki Koutrou

Dr Niki Koutrou

  • Senior Lecturer In Sport Management
  • DH
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Dr Niki Koutrou is based at the Department of Sport and Event Management and is the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Sport Management.

Niki holds a PhD in Sport Policy from Loughborough University, funded by the Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation. She has also completed postgraduate studies in Olympic Studies and Sport Management, and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research focuses on Olympic studies, mega-sport event volunteering and participation legacies, volunteer management, sport programme evaluation and sustainability. She has and currently supervises PhD projects in these areas. Niki is currently managing PlayGreen, an Erasmus+ Sport funded and UEFA endorsed collaborative project on behalf of ENGSO, which aims to enhance environmental sustainability practices in sport by developing volunteer capacities. Niki is also the Principal Investigator of a project funded by the Olympic Studies Centre of the IOC that aims to explore and evaluate the volunteering legacy of the Athens 2004 Games...


Journal Articles

  • Koutrou, N. and Kohe, G.Z., 2021. Conceptualising landscapes of learning in the United Kingdom’s volunteer football sector. Sport, Education and Society, 26 (9), 982-997.
  • Koutrou, N. and Kohe, G.Z., 2021. Transnational unities, challenges and opportunities for sport volunteering: lessons from the European PlayGreen project. Sport in Society, 24 (7), 1249-1266.
  • Koutrou, N. and Berber, S., 2021. The impact of role ambiguity on future volunteering: A case study of the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events.
  • Hayday, E.J., Pappous, A. and Koutrou, N., 2019. The role of voluntary sport organisations in leveraging the London 2012 sport participation legacy. Leisure Studies, 38 (6), 746-761.
  • Koutrou, N., Ikramullah, A. and Pappous, S., 2018. Sportivate: A case study of sports policy implementation and impact on the sustainability of community physical activity programmes. The International Journal of Sport and Society, 9 (3), 1-20.
  • Koutrou, N., 2018. The Impact of the 2010 Women's RugbyWorld Cup on sustained volunteering in the rugby community. Sustainability (Switzerland), 10 (4).
  • Hayday, E.J., Pappous, A. and Koutrou, N., 2017. Leveraging the sport participation legacy of the London 2012 Olympics: senior managers’ perceptions. International Journal of Sport Policy, 9 (2), 349-369.
  • Koutrou, N. and Pappous, A., 2016. Towards an Olympic volunteering legacy: Motivating Volunteers to serve and remain - A case study of London 2012 Olympic Games Volunteers. Voluntary Sector Review, 7 (3), 269-291.
  • Koutrou, N. and Downward, P., 2016. Event and club volunteer potential: the case of women’s rugby in England. International Journal of Sport Policy, 8 (2), 207-230.
  • Koutrou, N., Pappous, A. and Johnson, A., 2016. Post-event volunteering legacy: Did the London 2012 games induce a sustainable volunteer engagement? Sustainability (Switzerland), 8 (12).
  • Koutrou, N., Burns, J., Claxton, G., Regan, L., MacDonald, D., Linsday, P. and Carey, L., 2012. What does the Olympics mean to you?. The Olympic Champion: A Role Model for Youth: Psychologist, 25(7), 508-517. The Psychologist, 25 (7), 508-517.


  • Bardocz-Bencsik, M., Koutrou, N. and May, R., 2020. Analysing the 'Position paper on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the sport sector'. In: Krieger, J., Henning, A., Dimeo, P. and Parks Pieper, L., eds. Time Out: Sport and the Corona Lockdown. Common Ground Research Networks.
  • Koutrou, N., 2018. Volunteer Satisfaction in Sport: Insights from Women's Rugby Clubs in England. In: Hak, D., ed. An in-depth Guide to Sports. Nova Sciences Publishers, 131-152.
  • Koutrou, N., 2014. Measuring Olympic Volunteers' Motivation. Intersections and Intersectionalities in Olympic and Paralympic Studies. International Centre for Olympic Studies, Western University, 55-61.


Invited Lectures

  • Importance of Sport and Physical Activity, online, 07 Jul 2020 more
  • Values in Sport Event Volunteering & Legacies, online, 12 Jun 2020 more
  • Sport, Value & Diffusion, Seoul, South Korea, 26 Nov 2019 more
  • Volunteers: The Everyday Heroes of Sport, Rome, Italy, 04 Oct 2019 more
  • Sport Participation egacies of Mega Events, House of Councillors, Tokyo, Japan, 28 Jun 2019 more
  • Volunteering Legacies, Montparnasse, Reid Hall, Paris, 12 Jun 2019 more
  • Volunteering Legacies of Sport Mega Events, Kanoya, Kagoshima, Japan, 05 Sep 2018 more
  • Social Legacies of London 2012 Games, London, 25 Jun 2018 more
  • Money is not a Motivator Lessons Learnt from Sport, Darwin Conferences Suite: University of Kent, 15 Nov 2017 more


  • Reawakening Sport and Community Engagement in a previous Olympic Host City: Capitalising on the Athens 2004 Olympic Volunteer Legacy 16 years on (International Olympic Committee Olympic Studies Centre, 01 Sep 2020). Awarded
  • Reawakening Sport and Community Engagement in a previous Olympic Host City: Capitalising on the Athens 2004 Olympic Volunteer Legacy 16 years on (International Olympic Committee Olympic Studies Centre, 01 Sep 2020). Awarded
  • Content Research to Update the Galleries of Qatar's Olympic Museum (Qatar Olympic Museum, 05 Feb 2018). Completed
  • Impact and Reach of Stepping out with Carers Project: Evaluation Study (Sport England, 06 Nov 2017). Completed
  • Impact and Reach of Stepping out with Carers Project: Evaluation Study (Sport England, 06 Nov 2017). Completed
  • Keeping Up the Participation Levels in adult 11 v 11 football in Kent (Kent Football Association, 02 Nov 2015). Completed

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • a 2-day conference bringing together the European world of Sport, from policy-makers to athletes, to understand the current state of sustainability in sports and create a dialogue on how to move forward, together. An event supported by the French Ministry of Sports, animated by the sports journalist Anne-Laure Bonnet.

Consultancy Activities

  • PlayGreen Environmental Sustainability through Sports Volunteering, Erasmus+ Sport funded project. European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO), Ecoserveis, Malta Football Association, Estonia Football Association, Latvian Football Association, ENGSO, Football Flanders (Belgium), 01 Jan 2019


  • PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (University of Kent, 2015)
  • PhD in Sport Policy (Institute of Sport & Leisure Policy, Loughborough University, UK, 2014)
  • MA in Olympic Studies, Education & Event Management (International Olympic Academy & University of Peloponnese, Greece, 2012)
  • MSc in Sport Management (Sheffield Hallam University, UK, 2008)
  • BSc (Hons) in Physical Education & Sports Science (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2006)


  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, Torchbearer (Hellenic Olympic Committee/Tokyo 2020 OGOC, 2020)
  • Scholarship for PhD Studies (Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, 2011)
  • European Achievement Award in recognition of Academic Excellence (Sheffield Hallam University, 2008)
  • Full scholarship for postgraduate studies (Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation, 2007)


  • International Organisation for Health, Sports & Kinesiology, Member (2020-),
  • Department for Education, Teaching Regulation Agency, Qualified Teacher Status,
  • International Olympic Academy Participants Association (IOAPA), Member,