Valérian Geffroy
Doctoral fellow
At IGD until 2020

Research fields


Travelling for the practice of a sport is a specific form of tourism. Such 'sport tourism' practices involve particular individuals and groups who are bound together by cultural features, mobility habits, imaginaries... But these practices also question the traditional delimitations of the tourism phenomenon: they mix the exploration of 'elsewhere' and the pleasure of physical activities; they are not always clearly separated from the daily temporalities; and they participate in the emergence of a leisure culture that is ever more constitutive of our lives and societies.

Outdoor sports

'Outdoor sports' are designated as such because they take place in environments that are little modified; they are perceived, and often valued, as 'natural'. Each of these sports requires a specific terrain and thus identifies some places as particularly desirable, because they are suitable to the practice, and often because they are an object of aesthetical enjoyment. These outdoor sports thus have a particularly important touristic dimension, and shape imaginaries and mobilities of a global scale. But the spatialities of sport are also of a micro-local, bodily scale; and outdoor sports develop intense emotional relationships to the environment of practice in its spatial and material dimensions.

Digital Studies

The socio-cultural consequences of the changes implied by digital technologies need to be studied in-depth. These technologies support and sometimes facilitate practices of leisure, travel and sport in a number of ways. They also give a renewed importance to images and information in general. In tourism and sport, the media (in a broad sense) are of a central importance today, notably due to the digital 'tooling', and the media practices it contributes to broaden.

Practices of space

The study of the spatial dimension of societies enables to grasp some of the essential features of tourism and. In these fields of activities, space is mobilised, conceived, modelled, dreamt of; sport tourism, which links global mobilities to body movements, is a comprehensive and particularly rich practice of space.