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Towards Sustainable Sport and Outdoor Recreation (Sport and Outdoor Mistra - SPOOR)

Mistra Sport & Outdoors is a research and collaboration programme to generate knowledge and solutions for increased sustainability in sport and outdoor recreation.


Mistra SPOOR consists of six themes in which research, organisations, authorities and companies will work together to generate knowledge and solutions. The Division participates within the theme of knowledge and transformation.

There are several explanations for why it is difficult to change organizations’ decision-making processes on environmental issues. Traditions and old habits, or an inertia to acquire knowledge can be obstacles to change. That is why we, together with sports and health organizations, want to develop a decision-making culture where sustainability is a natural part.

Read more about the different themes at Mistra's homepage. 

New publication 2023:

Is the strive for increasing performance and an ever-growing sports sector compatible with sustainable development? Sport, Performance and Sustainability examines the logic of "faster higher, and stronger" and the technoscientific revolution that has driven tremendous growth in the sports economy and in sport performance over the last 100 years. 

The chapters provide valuable perspectives on the tensions between performance and sustainability. Co-authors include Sigmund Loland, Simon Beames, Itai Danielski, Andreas Isgren Karlsson, Jack Reed, Johan Carlsson, Isak Lidström, Bo Carlsson and Marie Larneby. Available open access here: Sport, Performance and Sustainability

General Information

  • Programme period: 2020-2024
  • Funding: Mistra is investing SEK 56 million. The other funders are contributing a further SEK 14 MSEK.
  • Main contractor: Mid-Sweden University
  • Participating universities:
    • Chalmers 
    • Gothenborg University
    • Dalarna University
    • Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
    • Malmö University
    • Stockholms University
  • Programme director: Peter Fredman
  • Main homepage:
Belongs to: Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment
Last changed: Apr 13, 2022