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Sylvia Trendafilova, PhD

Associate Professor
Sport Management
HPER 332


RSM 508 Research Methods
RSM 511 Organization and Personnel Management
RSM 540 Sport Marketing
RSM 554 Environmental Sustainability in Sport


  • Corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability
  • Globalization and international sports
  • Environmental management of outdoor recreational activities


PhD University of Texas, Austin Sport Management
MS Baylor University Sport Management
MS Baylor University Environmental Science
BS Sofia University, Bulgaria Physics

Trendafilova, S. & McCullough, B. (2018). Environmental sustainability scholarship and the efforts of the sport sector: A rapid review of literature. Cogent Social Sciences, 1-28. doi 10.1080/23311886.2018.1467256

Trendafilova, S., Graham, J., & Bemiller, J. (2017). Sustainability and the Olympics: The case of the 2016 Rio Summer Games. Journal of Sustainability Education, 16ISSN: 2151-7452

Trendafilova, S., Ziakas, V., & Sparvero, E. (2017). Linking corporate social responsibility in sport with sustainable development: An added source of community value. Sport in Society, 20(7), 938-956.

Graham, J., & Trendafilova, S. (2017). Implementing self-managed teams at Western University: A human resource and leadership case study. Case Studies in Sport Management, 5(1), 64-72.

McCullough, B., Trendafilova, S., & Picariello, M. (2016). Legitimizing sustainability through strategic alliances. Sport & Entertainment Review, 2(3), 77-83.

Kellison, T. B., Trendafilova, S., & McCullough, B. (2015). Considering the social impact of sustainable stadium design. International Journal of Event Management Research, 10(1), 63-83.

Waller, S., Trendafilova, S., & Daniell, R. (2015). Did the 2012 World Series positively impact the image of Detroit?: Sport as a transformative agent in changing images of tourism destinations. Journal of Sport and Tourism, 19(1), 79-100.

Pfahl, M., Casper, J., Trendafilova, S., McCullough, B., & Nguyen, S. (2015). Crossing boundaries: An examination of sustainability department and athletics department collaboration regarding environmental issues. Communication and Sport, 3(1), 27-56.

Waller, S. N., Wozencroft, A. J., Trendafilova, S., & Hobart, J. M. (2015). A study of women administrators in campus recreation in the USA. Managing Leisure, 20(1), 22-35.

Nguyen, S., Trendafilova, S., & Pfahl, M. (2014). The Natural-Resource-Based View of the firm (NRBV): Constraints and opportunities for a Green Team in professional sport. International Journal of Sport Management, 15(4), 485-517.

Trendafilova, S., McCullough, B., Pfahl, M., Nguyen, S. N., Casper, J., & Picariello, M. (2014). Environmental sustainability in sport: Current state and future trends. Global Journal on Advances Pure and Applied Sciences, 3, 9-14.

Trendafilova, S., Kellison, T. B., & Spearman, L. (2014). Environmental sustainability in sport facilities in East Tennessee. Journal of Facility Planning, Design and Management, 2(1), 1-11.