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Dr Robert Sroka

Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Robert completed his PhD research in Sport Management at the University of Michigan and earned a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Michigan Law School. Robert’s PhD work focused on the use of tax increment financing in North American stadium and arena projects, as well as real estate development ancillary to these venues. Prior to academia, Robert practiced local government law in Vancouver and Calgary, and remains a called Barrister and Solicitor in British Columbia and Alberta. Robert also holds a Juris Doctor and BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Master of Laws from the University of Calgary.

Robert Sroka

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Building off his experience in land use and local government law practice, Robert’s research focuses on the law, finance, infrastructure, and real estate of sport venues and events. Robert’s broader purpose with these research threads is to investigate how governments can incentivize and invest in assets that will support quality of life and economic opportunity, while avoiding the severe fiscal stress that often accompanies failed projects. While there has been no shortage of literature indicating lackluster returns on public finance of stadiums and arenas, this work has failed to sufficiently stem the tide of deals with highly questionable social impacts. Robert’s research is intended to build from this reality and instead provide cities and citizens a referential roadmap to harm reduction through addressing information asymmetry.

Robert’s work has been published in sport management, planning, and law journals in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom. Robert is open to knowledge exchange, collaboration, and consulting opportunities in his research areas.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Survey and Discussion of Tax Increment Financing Statutes and Major Professional Sports Facilities, Sroka, R. 2 Feb 2021, In: Urban Lawyer
  • Does the arena matter? Comparing redevelopment outcomes in central Dallas tax increment financing districts, Sroka, R. 1 Jun 2021, In: Land Use Policy
  • International sporting mega-events and conditionality, Sroka, R. 3 Jul 2021, In: International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics
  • Mega-Events and Rapid Transit: Evaluating the Canada Line 10 Years After Vancouver 2010, Sroka, R. 1 Jul 2021, In: Public Works Management and Policy
  • Mega-projects and mega-events: evaluating Vancouver 2010 stadium and convention infrastructure, Sroka, R. 3 Jul 2021, In: Journal of Sport and Tourism
  • Convergence and Divergence in Stadium Ownership Structures, Sroka, R. 20 May 2020, In: DePaul Journal of Sports Law
  • Getting STIF[ed]: Louisville’s Yum! Center, Sales-Tax Increment Financing, and Megaproject Underperformance, Sroka, R. 1 Sep 2020, In: Urban Affairs Review
  • Tax increment financing and major league venues, Sroka, R. 16 Sep 2020, In: Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal
  • Two Models for Indigenous Land Development outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Sroka, R. 2018, In: Albany Government Law Review
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Tax Increment Financing, "But For," and Developer Capture in the Dallas Arena District, Sroka, R. 2017, In: Marquette Sports Law Review

Qualifications

  • Sport Management PhD
  • Law LLM
  • Law LLM
  • Law
  • Politics BA (Hons)
  • Barrister and Solicitor, British Columbia, Alberta


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