Wang Yan

Doctoral researcher


Yan Wang is a doctoral student within the Sport & Society (SASO) research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She obtained her Master degree in Sport Event Management at Shanghai University of Sport in China. Yan has been awarded the title ‘Sunshine Scholar’ by the Shanghai Educational Development Foundation, which has the purpose of cultivating and encouraging early career researchers who work in universities and colleges in Shanghai. As a university student, Yan participated as a volunteer during the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games. In her doctoral research, she focuses on that experience by examining whether and how sport mega-events can inspire individuals to volunteer beyond the event.  She is a continuous volunteer herself in the Champion Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on the athlete career programs and sports education for children. The promotors of her research are Prof. dr. Marc Theeboom and Prof. dr. Inge Derom.