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Dissertation Prize Winners

posted 17 May 2018, 06:59 by LeisureStudiesAssn

We are delighted to announce this year's dissertation prize winners.

Undergraduate prize awarded to Rosie Littlejohns for her dissertation entitled Runners’ engagement and social support practices: Exploring the uses and role of online communities (BA (hons) Events and Leisure Marketing, Bournemouth University).

Postgraduate prize awarded to Tasmin Coyle for her dissertation entitled Festivalising feminism: A critical investigation of feminist festivals in Manchester (MA International Cultural Arts and Festival Management, Manchester Metropolitan University). 

Congratulations to both winners. We were delighted with the high standard of entries every year and feel the future of leisure scholarship is bright!

LSA members conferred as fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

posted 9 Apr 2018, 04:37 by LeisureStudiesAssn   [ updated 9 Apr 2018, 07:50 ]

We are delighted to announce that Prof Garry Crawford and Prof Scott Fleming have been conferred as fellows of the AcSS. Both Scott and Garry are active LSA members and advocates of leisure studies.

Garry is a Professor of Cultural Sociology, a Director of the University of Salford Digital Cluster and has authored eight books. He has worked at the University for ten years and is a proud alumnus, having graduated from Salford in 1995 with a degree in Sociology.
In addition to his University position, Garry is review editor for the journal Cultural Sociology. Speaking about the announcement, Garry said: ”It really is an honour to be conferred a Fellowship of the Academy alongside so many great scholars."

Professor Scott Fleming, took up a new post as Executive Dean: Research, Knowledge Exchange and External Engagement at Bishop Grosseteste University at the start of April. Scott has been a member of the LSA since 1988 and was its Chair between 2004 and 2010. He served on the Editorial Board of Leisure Studies between 2007 and 2016, including as Managing Co-Editor between 2010 and 2016. Scott commented, "I’m delighted to have received this honour. It’s an important acknowledgement of the continuing importance of leisure studies in research, scholarship and professional practice, and of the LSA as a leading subject association in the UK. I’m extremely grateful to colleagues with whom I have worked and collaborated who have contributed to this success." 

Our chair, Thomas Fletcher commented:
"This is a wonderful individual achievement, but also testament to the LSA which has made a number of successful nominations in recent years, including former Chair Karl Spracklen who was also conferred last year. The LSA is committed to social science research and will continue to recognise the excellent work of its members by making future nominations. I hope members will join me in congratulating Garry and Scott."

For a full list of appointed schoalrs please see:

Annual Dissertation Prize Open for Submissions

posted 12 Jan 2018, 01:18 by LeisureStudiesAssn

The LSA is now seeking nominations for its dissertation prizes at undergraduate and postgraduate (excluding doctoral) levels.


The prize for each winner consists of: 
  1. £100 cash
  2. The opportunity to present the findings of the dissertation at the LSA annual conference (Bath in 2018)
  3. Free attendance (registration and accommodation) at the conference
  4. Publication of a summary of the winning dissertation in the LSA blog 


 Leisure Studies Association Dissertation Prize Rules and Assessment


LSA offers two annual awards - undergraduate (Nikki Ventris Memorial Award) and postgraduate (Sue Glyptis Memorial Award) - for leisure studies dissertations of an exemplary standard.


1. Submissions of work of exceptional quality in any area of leisure studies may be offered.

2. Entries must be submitted by the dissertation supervisor or course leader/director from the institution at which the dissertation was marked. Entries should indicate the word limit, if any, which applied to the dissertation. Entries must be countersigned by the student who carried out the work. Entries submitted direct from students will not be considered. Entries to include the home address of the student so the cash portion of the prize can be sent directly to the prize winner.

3. The submitting tutor / course leader / director, or institution, must be a member in good
standing of the LSA.

4. A maximum of three dissertations per institution will be considered.


1. Each award is judged by a panel designated by the LSA Executive Committee. Normally judges will be members of the LSA but other judges experienced in the dissertation area may be used. Judges of any given dissertation will not be connected to the institution which submitted that dissertation.

2. Judges are asked to mark the dissertations and rank them according to the criteria they would use in their own institution.

3. Where there are two judges, rank order of dissertations by both judges will be averaged to determine the overall winner.

4. If ranking is not conclusive, the marks awarded to each dissertation will then be used to determine the winner between those ranked evenly.

5. Judges will mark a maximum of five dissertations each. If there are more than five entries, they will be divided between judges. The best dissertation marked by each judge will then be second marked.

6. Judges are also asked to provide brief comments on each dissertation to the Secretary and Chair, to provide feedback to authors.

7. The judges reserve the right, after assessment, not to award the prize in any given year. 


The deadline for submissions is February 28

Submissions should be made to Thomas Fletcher, Chair of LSA,


The REF, Higher Education and Research on Leisure in the UK

posted 4 Dec 2017, 06:14 by LeisureStudiesAssn   [ updated 4 Dec 2017, 06:14 ]

Prof. John Horne has written a short report about the REF and the implications for leisure studies. As the REF is maybe at the fore of our minds as a scholarly community (in the UK at least) we have kind permission to share this article with you. This article was first invited by Dr. John Tower, President of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) and appears here with
his permission in the interest of wider communication about the state of leisure studies.
The full report is available as a PDF here.

New Website and Rebrand: Invitation to Tender

posted 30 Nov 2017, 05:28 by LeisureStudiesAssn

We are inviting companies to apply to develop our new website and create a new brand for the LSA. The deadline for submissions is 26th January 2018, decisions made on 14th February, with a launch planned for July 2018.
Full details of the tender can be found here
Please contact for more information.

Call for Abstracts 2018 Conference

posted 3 Nov 2017, 04:20 by LeisureStudiesAssn

The Conference Committee invites the submission of abstracts for papers that align with the aims of the conference:

  1. To facilitate critical and creative dialogue that responds to the sociopolitical complexity of leisure practices, formations and organisation in contemporary life.
  2. To invite diverse disciplinary perspectives, methodological and theoretical approaches from within, and beyond the field, to situate the study of leisure within in a post-disciplinary future.

The conference seeks to mobilise critical and creative insights, relationships and collaborations between academics, and also with non-academic participants who have been involved in co-created research (artists, activists, policy makers and professionals).

Abstract Submission Process and Key Dates

  • Abstracts should be submitted by 1 February 2018
  • Notification of decision will be made by 1 March 2018

Professor Karl Spracklen Conferred as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

posted 18 Oct 2017, 05:31 by LeisureStudiesAssn

Former chair of the Leisure Studies Association, Prof Karl Spracklen has been conferred as Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences. The LSA nominated Karl for his extensive research in the field of leisure and popular music but for also promoting and championing leisure studies more broadly. Karl acts as an official ambassador for the LSA.

Karl commented that, "I am delighted to be nominated by the Leisure Studies Association for the work I have done in leisure studies and in popular music studies (metal music studies to be precise), and to be elected AcSS to be a fellow. I am excited to be part of the AcSS and hope to be able to contribute to its activities and campaigns"

The Academy of the Social Sciences recognises individuals for their contribution to their fields. 

The Leisure Studies Association Research and Enterprise Development Fund

posted 28 Jul 2017, 04:26 by LeisureStudiesAssn   [ updated 28 Sep 2017, 02:48 ]

The LSA is delighted to launch the Research and Enterprise Development Fund, to provide a potential source of funding to promote both the study of Leisure, and the Leisure Studies Association more broadly. Proposals are invited from existing LSA members[1] in the following categories:

(1)     A research support fund, to support the undertaking of high quality research related to the scope and aims of the LSA.

(2)     A research dissemination fund, to provide support to LSA members to disseminate their work beyond that of ‘traditional’ peer reviewed outlets, not only to other academics interested in the study of leisure, but also to practitioners, policy makers and other interested audiences.

(3)     An enterprise fund, to provide support for enterprising or social entrepreneurial activities related to the overall scope and aims of the LSA.


The types of things that may be considered under each category are as follows:

(1) Research support fund

A range of activities directly related to research activities will be considered, such as travel, fieldwork, networking, and data analysis. Attendance at conferences will not be funded.


(2) Research dissemination fund

Support for any dissemination activity will be considered, such as one-day conferences, seminars, workshops and ‘virtual’ dissemination activities. Activities that involve practitioners, policy makers and non-academic audiences are encouraged.


(3) Enterprise fund

To support any enterprising or social entrepreneurial activities/ideas/events that promote and enhance the scope and aims of the LSA. The fund is particularly keen to support those activities/ideas that use leisure as a vehicle to promote, in their broadest definition, social justice, community development and peace. Applications that have an element of 'match funding' attached to them will also be looked at particularly favourably.

Guidance for Applicants

·       The maximum amount that will be awarded is £2000. There is no minimum amount;

·       Preference will be given to applications that have additional or match-funding, particularly applications to the enterprise fund;

·       Proposals should be no more than 3 sides of A4 and include the following: title, rationale, aims and objectives, project timeline, costs and a brief applicant CV;

·       Proposals which incorporate elements of two or more of the categories are also encouraged.


Applications will be judged by a panel of at least three current LSA members, who will be appointed by the LSA Executive Committee.

Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • The clarity and coherence of proposed activity;
  • The extent to which the proposal is seen to promote and benefit the LSA as a learned society;
  • Realistic costings/budget (and with, where appropriate, evidence of match funding);
  • Originality and creativity.

Further Information

For more information please contact Dr Kat King ( or Dr Ian Jones (

[1] Applicants should normally have been members of LSA for at least 12 months, however applications from newer members may also be considered. 

Leisure Studies Association Conference, 4-6 July 2017 @ Leeds Beckett University, UK - 2nd Call for Papers

posted 3 Feb 2017, 07:06 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 3 Feb 2017, 07:09 ]

Leisure Studies Association Conference, 4-6 July 2017 @
Leeds Beckett University, UK - 2nd Call for Papers 

The leisure studies tradition emphasises the role played by leisure as part of people’s everyday lives. It is a different approach in which a concern for others demands a critical analysis of socio-political processes. It requires a measure of reflexivity and an intersectional appreciation of the situatedness of what we study. This conference looks to speak to others who are interested in examining the social role of processes that commonly go unnoticed/unremarked because they are taken for the everyday. These are subject areas to which everyone can lay a claim to some measure of expertise. 

The aims of this conference are:

To explore the ways in which leisure has been and is enacted around us; and

To explore ways in which leisure, and leisure studies, can be and are being re-created now

Confirmed keynotes

Sarah Neal, Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield

Kevin Hannam, Professor of Tourism Mobilities, Edinburgh Napier University

Simone Fullagar, Professor of Physical Cultural Studies, University of Bath

Kehinde Andrews, Associate Professor of Sociology, Birmingham City University


We invite contributions which address the conference themes from a range of subject fields including, but not limited to; leisure studies, sport studies, physical education, sociology, events, tourism, hospitality, media and communication, geography, cultural studies, the arts, gender studies, ethnic and racial studies, and social anthropology.

Enacting Leisure: Identities, Lifestyles, and Play

Within this stream we invite a range of papers that critically consider leisure in the enactment of individual and cultural identities and lifestyles.

Spaces of Leisure

Within this stream we invite papers that address the ways in which space becomes a site of constant negotiation, where agents make their lives meaningful through everyday leisure practice and the social structures that endeavour to constrain such meaning making.

Leisure and social justice

Within this stream we invite papers which examine leisure as offering sites of resistance as well as oppression. We are especially interested in hearing about research that can play a contributory role in facilitating social justice through critical analysis of social and political processes of leisure.

Leisure mobilities

Within this stream we invite papers that explore leisure from a range of disciplinary and inter-

disciplinary perspectives that, as well as areas more familiar to those working within leisure studies, might encompass such fields as critical geography, social movement research and the study of language and interaction in motion.

Open stream

In addition to the four central streams, we invite submissions in other area of leisure research.

Post-graduate roundtable/workshop

Post-graduate students are encouraged to apply to any stream. There will also be opportunities to participate in additional career and research development activities led by prominent academics.

Abstract Submissions

Abstracts can take one of two forms:

Individual: single abstracts from individuals/co-researchers submitting a paper that addresses the conference theme or themes

Proposed panel: a set of abstracts (three minimum) from a group of individuals/co-researchers submitting a coherent set of papers that address the conference themes and which could be scheduled together in one parallel session


Abstracts should be 250-350 words, structured as follows:

Full title of paper as it will appear in the conference programme

Abstract main body, including background (outline of the context and/or academic literature informing the research), approach (indication of the broad theoretical orientation and/or methodological approach) and significance (description and application of the original research findings reported in the paper)

Conference theme the paper is aimed at

In addition please include a 150 word (max) biography.

Submit all abstracts to

Key dates

Abstract submission: 28 February 2017

Notification of decision: 17 March 2017

Early bird registration deadline: 5 May 2017

Registration deadline: 5 June 2017

Conference: 4-6 July 2017

For details on conference fees, accommodation and practical information visit

LSA 2018 - Call for Expressions of Interest

posted 3 Nov 2016, 07:41 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 3 Nov 2016, 07:41 ]

Expressions of Interest in hosting the Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference of 2018 are invited. 

Institutions should provide a proposal which includes details of the following items: 

Title of Conference 



Themes and Sub- themes 

Details of the Conference Organising Committee, including principal contact. 

Description of the target audience 

Indication of Keynote Speakers 

Statement of the suitability of venue for the conference and details of accommodation / catering / accessibility / presentation facilities and support 

Conference budget with details of expected income and of fixed and variable costs. Please note that the budget must include a contribution of £1,500 to the Leisure Studies Association. The host institution will also be expected to share 50% of any surplus income with the Association; the above contribution does not form part of this share. The Association will actively support the promotion of the conference through its website and social media channels. 

The proposal must confirm that: 

The host institution will work co-operatively with the Leisure Studies Association to charge delegates who are non-members a fee which includes one year’s membership of the Association and to transfer the monies raised to the Association. 

Queries should be addressed to Dr. Bob Snape, Chair of the Association: 

Bids should be submitted to 5.00 p.m. 24th February 2017.

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