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Sofie Smismans is a researcher and assistant lecturer at the Department of Movement and Sport Sciences (MOSS; faculty of Physical Education) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Sofie is an active member of the research group Sport Psychology and Mental Support (SPMB). She graduated at the VUB in 2016 as Master of Science in Sports Management (Magna Cum Laude) and obtained an additional Master of Science in Management (Cum Laude) in 2017. After some working experience in the practical field of sport management (i.e., Special Olympics Belgium, MOEV, Strong Student Run), she got the chance to further develop her interest in sports management by engaging in research activities. Sofie’s research interests lie in the broad domain of (elite) sport science and more specifically in the domains of sport management, sport policy and sport psychology. While a great interest in elite sport success on a micro -, meso – en macrolevel is prominent, during her sport science education, she also developed an important interest in the personal and societal impact of sport (e.g., gender & sport, economic aspects of sport, inspirational effect of elite sport).
As a researcher, Sofie is involved in qualitative and quantitative research on (a) high performance management in elite sport, specifically targeting the fifth pillar of the SPLISS (Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success) model (i.e., athletic and post-career support) and (b) sport psychology and mental support. Concretely, Sofie was actively involved in the coordination of multiple international research projects for the European Commission: Be a Winner In elite Sport and Employment before and after athletic Retirement’ (B-WISER; 2017-2018), ‘Mind the Gap’ (2018-2020), ‘Ecology of Dual Careers’ (2018-2019)) and for the International Olympic Committee (‘How should athletes be supported before, during, and after athletic retirement? Moving from an athletic-centred needs analysis to practical guidelines for career support stakeholders’). Sofie’s research activities resulted in several reports, publications, workshops and presentations of research results to policy makers (e.g., Sport Vlaanderen) and on national and international conferences (e.g., EASM, FEPSAC, VBSW).
As an assistant lecturer, Sofie assists in courses related to sport policy and management. Specifically, she assists in the course ‘High Performance Management’ and provides support and guidance to students in their internships Sport Management during both their bachelor’s and master’s years. She also supervises students’ master theses related to SPLISS. Next to her teaching activities, Sofie is part of faculty committees (i.e., Opleidingsraad Bewegings – en Sportwetenschappen; RvB Doctoral School Human Sciences, Onderwijsraad) and participates in faculty activities (e.g., SID IN, Stap-voor-stap tegen kanker).
Economic and Social Sciences, Master in Management, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Sep 2016 → Jul 2017
Physical Education & Movement Sciences, Master in Sports Management, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Sep 2011 → Jul 2016
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EUPOM26: B-WISER – Be a Winner in Elite Sport and Employment before and after athletic Retirement (B-WISER).
1/01/17 → 31/12/18
Smismans, S., Praet, L., De Bosscher, V. & Derom, I., 26 Jan 2023, SPLISS. 17 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen Access
Praet, L., Smismans, S., Gielens, E. S. F., Derom, I. & De Bosscher, V., 8 Sep 2022, Book of Abstracts: Bridging Sport, Tourism & Leisure Management. European Association for Sport Management, p. 421-422 2 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Meeting abstract (Book) › Research
Smismans, S., 2022, Brussels: VUBPress. 242 p.
Research output: Thesis › PhD ThesisOpen AccessFile86 Downloads (Pure)
Smismans, S., 2022, Brussels: VUBPress. 272 p.
Research output: Thesis › PhD Thesis
Athletes4Society bootcamp: Topsporters (inzetten) als rolmodel: goud op het veld en in de maatschappij9 Jan 2023
Activity: Talk or presentation › Talk at an external academic organisation
8 Sep 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation › Talk or presentation at a conference
Smismans, S., 29 Nov 2022
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Een exploratieve analyse van de relatie tussen stadioninvesteringen en sportief/financieel succes in het voetbalAuthor: Smismans, S., 2017
Supervisor: Dooms, M. (Promotor)
Student thesis: Master's Thesis
Smismans, S., Van Loock, A. & Derom, I., 2016
Supervisor: Derom, I. (Promotor)
Student thesis: Master's Thesis