Mahfoud Amara, Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management, the Deputy Director of the Centre for Olympic Studies and Research, School of Sport, exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University. Dr Amara’s principal research area is comparative sports policy, and he has a specific interest in sport in Arab and Muslim contexts (society, history, culture, religion, economy, political and philosophical thoughts). He has published material on the politics of the Pan-Arab Games, sport in colonial and post-colonial Algeria, sport and media in the Arab world, sport and modernisation debate in the Gulf region; sport development and development through sport in the Arab World. His other research interest is sport, multiculturalism and intercultural dialogue. He recently published a book on “Sport, Politics, and Society in the Arab World”, London: Palgrave and Macmillan.
Mahfoud Amara after his graduation from the University of Algiers in 1998, came to the UK to undertake his postgraduate Studies.
At the University of Wales Institute of Cardiff (UWIC) he obtained a Masters Degree (MA) in Sport and Leisure Studies in 2000. Subsequently, he undertook a PhD at Loughborough University, which was awarded in 2003.
Since 2003 he worked as a Research Associate with Professor Ian Henry in three EU commissioned projects. Dr Amara was appointed as a lecturer in Sport and Leisure Policy and Management at Loughborough University in 2004 and became the Deputy Director of the Centre for Olympic Studies and Research in 2012.