Girish has a PhD in event impact evaluation and is a Social Return on Investment (SROI) practitioner. He has undertaken numerous economic and social impact assessments of major sporting and cultural events and has experience of using SROI in sport and education contexts. He also has a keen interest in examining elite sport performance.
Girish specialises in the evaluation of major events in terms of their economic and social impacts. He was involved in the development of the national toolkit for event impact evaluation on behalf of UK Sport and its partners (available online at www.eventimpacts.com). He also validated the Economic Impact Toolkit for Arts Council England (available online at www.eitoolkit.org.uk).
To date, Girish has conducted more than 50 event evaluations on behalf of clients including UK Sport, Sport Northern Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, London & Partners, and Welcome to Yorkshire amongst others. He has undertaken Commonwealth Games related assignments for sportscotland (in 2010 and 2014), Sport Northern Ireland (in 2010) and Sport Wales (in 2014), which examined the performance of athletes supported by these agencies in the competition.
Girish is currently co-managing a six-year research project to evaluate the impacts of 40 international sporting events in the UK until 2019. He has published widely on major event impacts and received his Doctorate in 2014.
In addition, Girish is a Social Return on Investment (SROI) practitioner and he has applied the principles of SROI to research projects commissioned by the DCMS, Sport England, Sheffield City Trust, National College for Teaching and Leadership, and the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.
Impacts of major events
Elite sport performance issues (e.g. home advantage and competitive balance) Sport participation
Social return on investment
- Sport Industry Research Centre
2014-19: Economic and social impacts of major sports events supported by UK Sport
2015: Social return on investment for the Sheffield City Trust group of sports facilities 2015: Economic impact of 144th The Open Golf Championship (for The Royal and Ancient Golf Club)
2015: Development of a holistic ratings system for university sport (for British Universities and Colleges Sport)
Ramchandani, G., & Coleman, R. (2014/5). Economic impact and audience perceptions of 15 major sports events. London: UK Sport
Davies, L., Taylor, P., Ramchandani, G., & Christy, E. (2015). Social return on investment in sport. London: DCMS / Sport England
Coleman, R., & Ramchandani, G. (2015). Economic impact and wider benefits of The 2014 Ryder Cup. Surrey: Ryder Cup Europe
Shibli, S., Ramchandani, G., & Davies, L. (2015). An analysis of Wales’ performance in the Commonwealth Games: 1950-2014. Cardiff: Sport Wales
Shibli, S., Ramchandani, G., & Davies, L. (2014). An analysis of Scotland’s performance in the Commonwealth Games: 1950-2014. Glasgow: sportscotland
Ramchandani, G., & Coleman, R. (2013). Evaluation of the Pilot International Sports Events Programme. Belfast: Sport Northern Ireland
Ramchandani, G., & Coleman, R. (2012). Economic impact of London Fashion Week. London: London & Partners
Ramchandani, G., Shibli, S., & Wilson, D. (2011). An analysis of Northern Ireland’s performance in the Commonwealth Games: 1950-2010. Belfast: Sport Northern Ireland [http://www.sportni.net/sportni/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/SNI_Comm_Games_singles.pdf]
Coleman, R., Kokolakakis, T., & Ramchandani, G. (2011). Walking for Health Attendance Study. Natural England Commissioned Reports, Number 098 [http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/2181481]
Coleman, R., Ramchandani, G., Shibli, S., Munday, M., Jones, C., Coalter, F., & Brown, A. (2010). eventIMPACTS: A toolkit to assess and measure the impact and benefits of hosting major events. London: UK Sport. [http://www.eventimpacts.com]
2014-19: UK Sport
2015: DCMS/Sport England 2014: sportscotland
2014: Sport Wales 2013: Sport Northern Ireland
2012: London & Partners
Davies, L., Taylor, P., Ramchandani, G., & Christy, E. (2019). Social return on investment (SROI) in sport: a model for measuring the value of participation in England. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. http://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2019.1596967
Ramchandani, G., Coleman, R., & Christy, E. (2019). The sport participation legacy of major events in the UK. Health Promotion International, 34 (1). http://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dax061
Ramchandani, G., Shibli, S., & Kung, S.P. (2018). The performance of local authority sports facilities in England during a period of recession and austerity. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 10 (1), 95-111. http://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2017.1420676
Wilson, R., Ramchandani, G., & Plumley, D.J. (2018). Parachute payments in English football: Softening the landing or distorting the balance? Journal of Global Sport Management, 3 (4), 351-368. http://doi.org/10.1080/24704067.2018.1441740
Wilson, D., & Ramchandani, G. (2018). A comparative analysis of home advantage in the Olympic and Paralympic Games 1988-2018. Journal of Global Sport Management.
Plumley, D., Ramchandani, G., & Wilson, R. (2018). The unintended consequence of Financial Fair Play: An examination of competitive balance across five European football leagues. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal.
Ramchandani, G., Plumley, D., Boyes, S., & Wilson, R. (2018). A longitudinal and comparative analysis of competitive balance in five European football leagues. Team Performance Management, 24 (5/6), 265-282. http://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-09-2017-0055
Kokolakakis, T., Lera Lopez, F., & Ramchandani, G. (2018). Did London 2012 deliver a sports participation legacy? Sport Management Review. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2018.04.004
Ramchandani, G., Coleman, R., & Bingham, J. (2017). Sport participation behaviours of spectators attending major sports events and event induced attitudinal changes towards sport. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 8 (2), 121-135. http://doi.org/10.1108/IJEFM-02-2016-0014
Ramchandani, G., Davies, L., Coleman, R., Shibli, S., & Bingham, J. (2015). Limited or lasting legacy? : the effect of non-mega sport event attendance on participation. European Sport Management Quarterly, 15 (1), 93-110. http://doi.org/10.1080/16184742.2014.996583
Ramchandani, G., Kokolakakis, T., & Coleman, R. (2014). Factors influencing the inspirational effect of major sports events on audience sport participation behaviour. World Leisure Journal, 56 (3), 220-235. http://doi.org/10.1080/16078055.2014.938296
Davies, L., Coleman, R., & Ramchandani, G. (2013). Evaluating event economic impact : rigour versus reality? International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 4 (1), 31-42. http://doi.org/10.1108/17582951311307494
Ramchandani, G., & Coleman, R. (2012). The inspirational effects of three major sport events. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 3 (3), 257-271. http://doi.org/10.1108/17582951211262693
Ramchandani, G., & Coleman, R. (2012). Testing the accuracy of event economic impact forecasts. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 3 (2), 188-200. http://doi.org/10.1108/17582951211229726
Ramchandani, G., Millar, R., & Coleman, R. (2019). The perceived influence of sport event spectatorship on subjective wellbeing. Journal of Global Sport Management. http://doi.org/10.1080/24704067.2019.1669066
Ramchandani, G., Plumley, D., Preston, H., & Wilson, R. (2019). Does size matter? An investigation of competitive balance in the English Premier League under different league sizes. Team performance management. http://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-10-2018-0064
Plumley, D., Ramchandani, G., & Wilson, R. (2019). Editorial: Performance management in professional team sport. Team performance management, 158-161. http://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-07-2019-0067
Plumley, D.J., Ramchandani, G., & Wilson, R. (2018). Mind the gap: an analysis of competitive balance in the English football league system. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing (IJSMM), 18 (5), 357-375. http://doi.org/10.1504/IJSMM.2018.094344
Plumley, D.J., Wilson, R., & Ramchandani, G. (2017). Towards a model for measuring holistic performance of professional Football clubs. Soccer and Society, 18 (1), 16-29. http://doi.org/10.1080/14660970.2014.980737
Wilson, D., & Ramchandani, G. (2017). An investigation of home advantage in the Summer Paralympic Games. Sport Sciences for Health, 13 (3), 625-633. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11332-017-0393-2
Ranchordas, M., Tiller, N., Ramchandani, G., Jutley, R., Blow, A., Tye, J., & Drury, B. (2017). Normative data on regional sweat-sodium concentrations of professional male team-sport athletes. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 14 (1), 40. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12970-017-0197-4
Wilson, D., & Ramchandani, G. (2017). Home advantage in the Winter Paralympic Games 1976–2014. Sport Sciences for Health, 13 (2), 355-363. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11332-017-0365-6
Bullough, S., Ramchandani, G., Coleman, R., & Millar, R. (2017). Central contracts in Test cricket: a model of best practice? Managing Sport and Leisure, 21 (5), 338-352. http://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2017.1283643
Kokolakakis, T., Ramchandani, G., & Coleman, R. (2015). Attendance patterns and factors affecting participation in organized walks: an investigation of Natural England's Walking for Health programme. World Leisure Journal, 57 (2), 104-117. http://doi.org/10.1080/16078055.2015.1034341
Bullough, S., Millar, R., Ramchandani, G., & Coleman, R. (2014). The effect of central contracts on the stability and performance of the England Test cricket team. [El efecto de contratos centrales sobre la estabilidad y el desempeño del equipo inglés de Test cricket]. RICYDE. Revista internacional de ciencias del deporte, 10 (35), 4-15. http://doi.org/10.5232/ricyde2014.03501
Ramchandani, G., & Wilson, D. (2014). Historical and contemporary trends in competitive balance in the Commonwealth Games. [Las tendencias históricas y contemporáneas en el equilibrio competitivo en los Juegos de la Commonwealth]. RICYDE. Revista internacional de ciencias del deporte, 10 (35), 75-88. http://doi.org/10.5232/ricyde2014.03506
Wilson, R., Plumley, D.J., & Ramchandani, G. (2013). The relationship between ownership structure and club performance in the English Premier League. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, 3 (1), 19-36. http://doi.org/10.1108/20426781311316889
Ramchandani, G. (2012). Competitiveness of the English Premier League (1992-2010) and ten European football leagues (2010). International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 12 (2), 346-360. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/uwic/ujpa/2012/00000012/00000002/art00008
Ramchandani, G., & Wilson, D. (2012). India's performance in the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games : expected or otherwise? Managing Leisure, 17 (2-3), 257-273. http://doi.org/10.1080/13606719.2012.674398
Ramchandani, G., & Wilson, D. (2011). Do differences in gender and sport affect home advantage? : a case study of the Commonwealth Games. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 11 (3), 510-521. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/uwic/ujpa/2011/00000011/00000003/art00011
Ramchandani, G., & Taylor, P. (2011). Quality management awards and sports facilities' performance. Local Government Studies, 37 (2), 121-143. http://doi.org/10.1080/03003930.2011.554824
Coleman, R., & Ramchandani, G. (2010). The hidden benefits of non-elite mass participation sports events : an economic perspective. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, 12 (1), 24-36. http://www.imrpublications.com/imr/journal-landing.aspx?volno=12&no=1
Ramchandani, G., & Wilson, D. (2010). Home advantage in the Commonwealth Games. South African Journal of Sports Medicine, 22 (1), 8-11. http://www.sajsm.org.za/index.php/sajsm/article/view/167
Davies, L., Ramchandani, G., & Coleman, R. (2010). Measuring attendance: issues and implications for estimating the impact of free-to-view sports events. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, 12 (1), 11-23. http://www.imrpublications.com/journal-landing.aspx?volno=L&no=L
Ramchandani, G., Coleman, R., Davies, L., Shibli, S., & Bingham, J. (2017). Valuing the inspirational impacts of major sports events. In Lundberg, E., Armbrecht, J., Andersson, T.D., & Getz, D. (Eds.) The value of events. (pp. 136-158). Abingdon: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/The-Value-of-Events/Lundberg-Armbrecht-Andersson-Getz/p/book/9781138678415
Ramchandani, G., Coleman, R., Davies, L., Shibli, S., & Bingham, J. (2017). Valuing the inspirational impacts of major sports events. In The Value of Events. (pp. 124-135). http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315558950
Gratton, C., Liu, D., Ramchandani, G., & Wilson, D. (2015). The global economics of sport. In Byers, T. (Ed.) Contemporary issues in sport management : a critical introduction. (pp. 67-84). London: SAGE: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/contemporary-issues-in-sport-management/book242153#9781446282182
Kung, S.P., Ramchandani, G., & Taylor, P. (2010). Profiling customer satisfaction and the importance of english public sport facilities' service dimensions. In Long, J., Fitzgerald, H., & Millward, P. (Eds.) Delivering Equality in Sport and Leisure. (pp. 69-92). Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association: http://www.leisure-studies-association.info/LSAWEB/NewTitle/115.html
Davies, L., Taylor, P., Ramchandani, G., & Christy, E. (2016). Social return on investment in sport : a participation wide model for England. Department for Culture, Media and Sport. https://www4.shu.ac.uk/_assets/pdf/research/sirc/Final-SIRC-SROI-England-Web-report.pdf
Theses / Dissertations
Wilson, D. (2019). An Analysis of Nations' Performance inInternational Multi-Sport Competitions. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Ramchandani, G. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00207
Ramchandani, G. (2014). Economic, sport development and elite performance consequences of sports events. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Shibli, S.
Mentor to one candidate undertaking a PhD on the basis of published works titled 'Factors affecting sport participation and its contribution to the economy'.
Supervising one candidate undertaking a PhD focussing on the inspiration/sport development effects of major sports events.