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|Born||16 November 1972|
Derry, Northern Ireland
David Hassan (born 16 November 1972, Derry, Northern Ireland) is an academic, writer, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences (Global Engagement) at Ulster University. He is also Provost of the university's Belfast campus. He has been involved in collaborative work with the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).
A native of Feeny, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland and a former pupil of St Columb's College, Derry, Hassan obtained a first class Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997, a Master of Science degree in 1998 and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 2001. His thesis, examining the relationship between sport and nationalism in Ireland, was supervised by the political scientist Professor Alan Bairner and drawn from research work he conducted during the late 1990s when sport in Northern Ireland was heavily infiltrated by political influences.
In 2006, Hassan was awarded a Distinguished Research Fellowship by the University of Ulster. His views on sport governance have included observations on the efficacy of the sporting model employed by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). In 2012, during the Summer Olympic Games, he was a speaker at an event held in the Oxford University Club.
Hassan is a co-director of the Special Olympics Regional Research Collaborating Centre for Europe-Eurasia based at Ulster, which was opened at the university's Jordanstown campus in April 2011. He is also a member of the European Federation of Adapted Physical Activity and delivered an address at its conference in May 2012 in the Republic of Ireland.
As of 2015, Hassan was academic editor of the sports academic journal "Sport in Society", and editor of the Foundations in Sport Management series by the academic publishers Routledge. Also in 2015, he was appointed to a 12-person strategic task force - Towards 150 - by the then President of the GAA, Aoghan O Farreil.
As of 2017, he had published 14 books and over 160 other research outputs, including 75 peer reviewed articles in a number of journals and book chapters.
Hassan has represented his local GAA club, St. Mary's GAC, Banagher and his native county, Derry, at different levels in both Gaelic football and hurling. As of 2013, he was part of the Derry senior football management team. In association football, Hassan reputedly played with Cliftonville FC.
Hassan has appeared on radio and television sports programmes, including the BBC radio documentary 'Does the Cap Fit?', and the Dubai Sports TV 'Motorstar 2011'. He has spoken publicly on GAA governance and management.