Grant  Jarvie Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Grant Jarvie

Professor and Director
University of Edinburgh

Grant’s work is concentrated in three areas education, sport and international relations through which he has been committed to social change, policies tackling inequality and interventions designed to alter life chances. He has consistently advocated for sport to be recognised as an effective social and economic tool and championed the role of the university in developing human capabilities, cities and opportunities as well as leading organizational change within universities.


Grant Jarvie is Professor and Chair of Sport at the University of Edinburgh where he leads the Academy of Sport.  He is a visiting research Professor with the University of Toronto, has considerable senior management experience of leading universities, chairing public bodies and has been fortunate enough to hold established Chairs and lead teams (schools, departments, research centre’s, portfolio’s) in three different universities.

He has completed the Leadership Foundation Top Management Programme and was invited to deliver Scottish Development International Thought Leadership seminars in Singapore and Toronto.

Grant has been accountable for university budgets, chaired finance & audit and remuneration committee’s, represented universities on the Scottish Principal’s Executive Group and advised different political parties on the costs of Scottish Higher Education.  

He led the development of the Winning Students Scheme funded by the Scottish Funding Council, Chaired the review of university admissions systems to ensure that they were fair and just in the light of new Scottish Qualifications and steered with others the development of the National Para Sports Centre in Scotland.

Grant has advised a number of governments (including Scotland, United Kingdom, Montenegro, Malaysia, Romania, Portugal and Kenya). He recently led a workshop on sport, peace and conflict resolution for senior government officials from 70 different countries sponsored by the Prince Albert Foundation. With the University of Edinburgh, he helped to organise and support the 2015 World Sports Summit in Cape Town supported by the Handa Foundation. He is an adviser to UNESCO.

He is an associate member of the Iona Community primarily involved in philanthropic fundraising for the work of the community and the restoration of Iona Abbey. Born in Bellshill, and schooled in Scotland Grant comes from an international sporting family.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    He balances a career in education and research with a commitment to public engagement and communities having served or serving on the Boards of the National Sports Agency for Scotland, the British Council (Erasmus) the Quality Assurance Agency for Scotland, East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust, The Scottish Sports Hall of Fame, the steering group for the development of the Beechwood Campus in Inverness (UHI), CMB International Strategy Board, the Prince Albert Foundation and the Scottish Football Association Advisory Board.



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Scottish Affairs Vol 26 No 1.

Promoting Scotland, Diplomacy and Influence through Sport

Published: Feb 02, 2017 by Scottish Affairs Vol 26 No 1.
Authors: Grant Jarvie, Stuart Murray and Stuart MacDonald
Subjects: Sports and Leisure

Sport is being used by a number of countries to raise profile, and create influence. The article sets out to answer key questions and doing so suggests that Scottish sport is capable of making the art of the possible, possible, but that Scotland has yet to grasp the opportunities provided by sport’s global currency. The article concludes by making six recommendations.


Football, Brazil and the Public Intellectual

Published: Jun 02, 2015 by Movimento
Authors: Grant Jarvie
Subjects: Sociology, Sports and Leisure

The draws upon the social and political protests in the build up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil as a basis for researching two questions: What are universities for? What opportunities are provided though sport to act as a public intellectual and a resource of hope in the world today? This small study of football, Brazil and the role of the intellectual draws upon both secondary and primary sources.