Dr Ian Jobling (far left) and Richard Cashman (far right) receiving the
Vikelas Plaque at the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH)

Dr Ian Jobling, Sport and Olympic Historian, is an Honorary Reader and Director of the Centre for Olympic Studies in the School of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland. He was inaugural Editorial Review Board Member of Olympika: International Journal of Olympic Studies.

Dr Jobling has linked his research interests in the socio-cultural aspects of sport, especially the Olympic Movement, with Olympic Education. He is currently an Honorary Consultant and member of the International Steering Committee of the Greece-based Foundation of Olympic and Sport Education (FOSE) which has produced an Olympic Education program with the support of the International Olympic Committee and UNESCO to be used in schools globally.  

Ian was also an inaugural  member of the Education and Ethics Committee of WADA - the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Ian received the Australian Prime Minister and Governor General's 2000 Australian Sports Medal for services to Olympic Movement and Olympic Education. In December 2013, Ian was one of the first two Australians to receive the Vikelas Award of the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH) for dedication and service to the Olympic Movement (pictured above).


Listed below is a collection of research publications on the Olympic Movement written by Dr. Ian Jobling:

Effect of the Olympic Games on urban societies: a case of study of Sydney 2000 

'The Lion of Athens': The Genesis of the Olympic Movement in Australia

The Crumpled Laurel Wreath: International Sport in Disarray

Australian Women at the Olympic Games: Swimmers not Runners

The Making of a Nation Through Sport: Australia and the Olympic Games from Athens to Berlin, 1898-1916

Olympic Proposals and Bids by Australian Cities

Strained Beginnings and Friendly Farewells: The Games of the XVI Olympiad Melbourne 1956

Richard Coombes and the Olympic Movement in Australia: Imperialism and Nationalism in Action


For information and links to publications authored by Ian Jobling please visit www.hms.uq.edu.au/our-staff/adjunct-and-honorary-staff/ian-jobling/