Last updated on: 10/22/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Steve Olivier Biography

Title:
Provost, Deputy Principal, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of the West of Scotland
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“If we paternalistically deprive someone of a freedom (to use performance-enhancing substances), we need to justify this violation of autonomy by balancing the evil we hope to prevent against the loss of freedom we are advocating. In performing the sort of ‘moral accounting’ described here, it is my contention that prohibition on the grounds of indirect harm to others (through coercion) is justified.”

“Drugs in Sports: Justifying Paternalism on the Grounds of Harm,” American Journal of Sports Medicine, Nov./Dec. 1996

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Provost, Deputy Principal, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of Scotland, May 2018-present
  • University Vice Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Abertay Dundee, 2012-present
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Abertay Dundee, 2010-2012
  • Deputy Principal, University of Abertay Dundee, 2008-2009
  • Head, School of Social and Health Sciences, University of Abertay Dundee, 2005-2008
  • Professor, Sport and Exercise Science, University of Abertay Dundee, 2005-present
  • Head of Sport Sciences, Northumbria University, 2000-2005
  • Member, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Accreditation and Fellowship committee (BASES)
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Movement Science, University of Zululand
Education:
  • PhD, Rhodes University, South Africa
Other:
  • Participant in endurance events and “extreme” sports
  • Played first class rugby in South Africa
  • Rugby coach in England and South Africa
  • Lifelong surfer
Quoted in:
  1. What Are Performance Enhancing Drugs?
  2. Does the Use of Illegal Performance Enhancing Drugs by Some Athletes Coerce Other Athletes to Also Use Them to Remain Competitive?
  3. Is a Potential Negative Impact on the Athlete's Health a Valid Reason to Ban Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports?