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Research interests

Dr. Kotthaus' research interests are based in sport facilty management and strategic sport planning processes in universities, sport organisations and sport clubs. Other research fields do cover sport marketing and sport development.

Teaching specialisms

Sport facility management, sport business management, sport event management, sport marketing


David Kotthaus is a Lecturer in Sports Business Management at the University of Hertfordshire. Before moving to England he worked as a Sport Management Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä, Finland as well as at the University of Jyväskylä.

He completed his PhD in Sport Management at the University of Jyväskylä by analysing the opportunities for businesses through sport facility management in an international three-case study at the German Sport University Cologne, the University of Umeå/Sweden and the University of Jyväskylä.

His research interests deal with the influences of business theories (stakeholder management and entrepreneurship) on sport, sport facility management, sport planning for recreation and improved physical activities and strategic sport planning for sport organisations.

He also worked in 2015-2016 in a long-term project of the EU about Improving Physical Activity in Local Area (IMPALA), which relates to neighbourhood sport facilities. The project was carried out in an international collaborative study between partner universities and research institutions in Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Denmark. After the official end of the project a book was published in 2017 describing the IMPALA-project in Finland and some of the participating countries.

Before going to Finland, David studied Sport and Media Communication at the German Sport University Cologne (Diploma, equiv. to MSc).

Education/Academic qualification

Sport Management, PhD, Economic, Social and Stakeholder-related Analysis in Sport Facility Management, Univ Jyvaskyla, University of Jyvaskyla, Dept Phys

21 Apr 201012 Feb 2019

Award Date: 12 Feb 2019

Sport Planning and Administration, MSc, Local facility and human resource management in sports, Univ Jyvaskyla, University of Jyvaskyla, Dept Phys

5 Sept 20076 Aug 2009

Award Date: 6 Aug 2009

Sport Studies, European Sport Studies, Additional Qualification, German Sport University Cologne

1 Oct 200331 Jan 2007

Award Date: 31 Jan 2007

Sport and Media Communication, Diploma (MSc), Europeanisation of sport in the Finnish daily press, German Sport University Cologne

1 Oct 20015 Dec 2006

Award Date: 5 Dec 2006


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