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International research project

The Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) has been leading the way in convening global experts in the use of sport in criminal justice in recent years, and they turned to the Alliance of Sport and Prof. Meek of Royal Holloway University of London to compile the evidence that will underpin future policy and practice.

The objectives of the study were:

  • To build a body of knowledge and data within global, evidence-based research and identify practical ways in which sport is successfully integrated into youth crime-prevention programmes
  • To present a global common thread showing the benefits of sport within youth crime prevention, despite differing social and judicial contexts across regions
  • To analyse the roles and types of multi-stakeholder engagement in the use of sport in crime prevention and criminal justice strategies (both domestic and international)
  • To promote this integrated strategy in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The research project ran for a period of 12 months and concluded in September 2021. The outcomes from the project assisted the TIJ in advancing policy focused on the use of sport for youth crime prevention as well as guide approaches in building multi-stakeholder partnerships.

James Mapstone Alliance of Sport
AoS Chief Executive James Mapstone with Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Special Advisor to the TIJ