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UK Sports Volunteering Research Network Research Seminar Tuesday 20th October 2015: 10am-4pm (5.30pm) Armitage Sports Centre, Manchester University, Manchester, M14 6HE.

posted 28 Sep 2015, 10:49 by LeisureStudiesAssn

UK Sports Volunteering Research Network Research Seminar Tuesday 20th October 2015: 10am-4pm (5.30pm) Armitage Sports Centre, Manchester University, Manchester, M14 6HE.

This Research Seminar is open to academics and practitioners in the related fields of volunteering, sport volunteering and sport development. It is being held at a minimal cost (contribution towards the room and refreshments only - £10) and is open to everyone. Bookings are now being taken through the following link: After registering on the Eventbrite site, please make payment through the following link: apologies, this detail is to follow and will be sent to those who register on Eventbrite.

Places are limited - so book your seat now! (At our last Research Seminar places were limited and there was a waiting list of 20 people). You are encouraged to join the Sport Volunteer Research Network (free) in order to receive information about future events and those of direct interest to the group. More information about the SVRN can be found at:

Outline Programme for 20th October 2015

Welcome 10.30-10.45
Kirsten Holmes (Curtin University, Australia): Event Volunteering Evaluation (EVE) Project: Comparative Study of Event Volunteer Motivations and Satisfaction across Australia and New Zealand

10.45-11.30 Angela Benson (University of Brighton): London 2012 Volunteers Evaluation

11.30-12.15 Practitioner TBC

12.15-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.30 Mark Griffiths (University of Birmingham) : Sport volunteers as community assets

13.30-14.15 Lindsay Findlay-King and Gordon Macfadyen (Northumbria University): Volunteers and the asset transfer of public sport facilities.

14.15-15.00 Further discussion time- questions across all speakers and closing remarks

15.00-16.00 SVRN – PhD network group (for PhD students only – please indicate this on registration form)

16.00-17.30 (new room)The exact programme and final presentation will be confirmed as soon as possible.

If you have any queries, please contact Fiona Reid, UKSVRN Secretary:

Call for Papers, Special Issue 20 years of Family Leisure Research Revisited: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead

posted 12 Apr 2015, 11:03 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 12 Apr 2015, 11:04 ]

We are pleased to share with you the latest call for papers for the Journal of Leisure Research. This special issue re-examines Family Leisure Research. Please note the deadline to submit is October 15, 2015 with an anticipated publication date of early 2017. You may view the full details of this Call provided inline below or attached as a pdf flyer. 

 Call for Papers, Special Issue

20 years of Family Leisure Research Revisited:

Progress Made and Challenges Ahead


Deadline: October 15, 2015


Guest Editors:

Dawn Trussell, PhD

Ruth Jeanes, PhD

Elizabeth Such, PhD


In the mid 1990s, a special issue of the Journal of Leisure Research significantly influenced family leisure scholarship through the turn of the century. Since then, the field has developed considerably and a number of thematic elements have played a major role in constraining, enriching, mediating, and altering everyday family interactions and family practices. These elements include: globalization, economic instability, neo-liberal government paradigms, a culture of consumerism, technological advancements, shifting demographics, and changing parenting ideologies.


As Freysinger (1997) pointed out, “how we think about and what we know about leisure and families” is historically situated in select cultural contexts and “our definitions or conceptualizations of family and leisure are constantly being reconstructed” (p. 3). Definitions and models of family leisure provide shared understanding and communication. Shifting conceptualizations of family units and their leisure involvement invite possibilities for innovative, conceptual frameworks and new research relationships related to one of the most basic structures of social organization, the family unit.


We invite papers for a special issue of the Journal of Leisure Research to examine progress made and challenges ahead in research on leisure and families – 20 years re-visited. Contributions may include critical reviews, conceptual discussions focused on theoretical developments and/or alternate theorizations of family leisure. Among other areas, empirical papers relating to the following are welcome:


  1. Leisure and parenting; leisure and families of older adults
  2. Social policies and family leisure
  3. Inequalities and family leisure; intersectionality and family leisure
  4. Leisure and diverse family structures; multigenerational families; extended families
  5. Performativity and family leisure
  6. Children’s and young people’s perspectives/understandings of family leisure
  7. Methodological and ethical issues in leisure and family research


Interested authors should direct questions to any one of the Guest Co-editors.


Submitted manuscripts will undergo the normal review process and should adhere to the “Instructors for Authors” as outlined by Journal of Leisure Research. Please indicate in your submission letter your intention to submit to this special issue.


Dawn Trussell, PhD

Brock University



Ruth Jeanes, PhD

Monash University



Elizabeth Such, PhD

University of Sheffield

United Kingdom


Deadline for submission: October 15, 2015

Anticipated publication date: Early 2017


Freysinger, V. J. (1997). Special issue introduction. Redefining family, redefining leisure: Progress made and challenges ahead in research on leisure and families. Journal of Leisure Research, 29 (1), 1-4.

UK Sports Volunteering Research Network Research Seminar

posted 28 Jan 2015, 14:27 by LeisureStudiesAssn   [ updated 28 Jan 2015, 14:28 ]

UK Sports Volunteering Research Network Research Seminar Thursday 19th March 2015: 10.30am-4.00pm Sport England Offices, SportPark Loughborough University
(3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3QF.)

This Research Seminar is open to academics and practitioners in the related fields of volunteering, sport volunteering and sport development. It is FREE and open to all. Bookings are now being taken through the following link:

Places are limited - so book now.

You are encouraged to join the Sport Volunteer Research Network in order to receive information about future events. More information about the SVRN can be found at

Outline Programme for 19th March 2015

10.30-11.00 Registration and Coffee
11.00-1.00 Presentations
1.00-1.45 Lunch and networking time
1.45-3.30 Presentations
3.30-4.00 Tea and Coffee and Panel Session with Speakers

The exact programme and final speakers are to be confirmed, but include:
Angela Benson (University of Brighton): Gamesmakers at 2012.
Richard Davis-Boreham and Rachel Waterman (Sport England): Volunteers in Sports Clubs
Clare Holdsworth (University of Keele): Student volunteering.
Alex Thurston (Loughborough University): 'Clubmark' implementation, policies and volunteers.
Will Watt (Join In): Join In’s strategy to promote Sports Volunteering.

If you have any queries, please contact Fiona Reid, UKSVRN Secretary:

Five PhD studentships advertised on Sport and Citizenship at Loughborough University

posted 16 Jan 2015, 08:53 by LeisureStudiesAssn   [ updated 16 Jan 2015, 08:53 ]

Five PhD studentships advertised on Sport and Citizenship at Loughborough University
The five studentships in Sport and Citizenship are as follows:
  • Sport for Development
  • Representation and the experiences of minorities in football coaching and leadership in Europe
  • Physical Citizens: Positive youth development, ‘life skills’ and outdoor learning
  • Sexualities in Sport
For further information please download the attached PDF below.


posted 6 Jan 2015, 12:09 by LeisureStudiesAssn   [ updated 6 Jan 2015, 12:14 ]

Editors: Dr Daniel Turner and Dr Sandro Carnicelli-Filho (University of the West of Scotland)

Rationale for Publication

The editors have been approached by Routledge and asked to consider developing an edited collection surrounding interactions between lifestyle sports and the public policy arena to be published as part of their Research Monographs series.

The lifestyle sports terrain has seen considerable research published in recent years (see Wheaton, 2004; 2013) with a great deal of focus placed on issues of identity, representation and community within this field. However, despite calls for a greater focus on the interactions between lifestyle sports and public policy, (Tomlinson et al, 2005), reflected in the growing body of individual studies of various sports across the globe (for example: Carr, 2010; Dumas and Laforest, 2009; Gilchrist and Wheaton, 2011; Jenson et al, 2012), there is still a lack of collected works in this field. This proposed publication would attempt to bring together these rich individual stories, whilst providing an overarching analysis of the key issues and implications emerging from this increasing interaction between policy and lifestyle sports.

Proposed Book Structure

The intended focus of the book is on the increasing interactions between lifestyle sports and the state in its broadest conceptualisation. Authors are encouraged to give consideration to the provision (directly or indirectly) of spaces and places for lifestyle sports by the state, the use of such activities to promote policy agendas aimed at the individual (e.g. health, education, inclusion) or societal (e.g destination promotion, regeneration) levels; or the regulation of such activities. Each chapter should make use of a significant case study of one particular sport or policy intervention and should detail the background to the case as well as developing a theoretically informed discussion linking the local situation to a broader set of issues impacting on the field of lifestyle sports. It is anticipated that the book will be divided into three main parts:

Provision and Lifestyle Sports – chapters in this section will examine the direct and indirect provision of lifestyle sports by the state. Consideration may be given, among other issues, to the funding of such activity via a range of state-related mechanisms or the creation and management of facilities.

Promotion and Lifestyle Sports- chapters in this section will examine the use of lifestyle sports to promote policy agendas. This may include direct influence on participants via interventions relating to key issues such as social inclusion or health promotion, but could also extend to the promotion of a civic agenda and themes such as urban regeneration or destination promotion.

Policing Lifestyle Sports – chapters in this section will examine the regulation of lifestyle sports by policy makers. Issues which could be examined could include the regulation of access to space and places, health and safety agendas and the management of risk within facilities.

It is expected that the book will consist of 12-15 chapters split evenly across the themes, each chapter consisting of approximately 6-7,000 words including references.

The Editors

Dr Daniel Turner is the Senior Lecturer for Events and Tourism and the University of the West of Scotland. His PhD research examined the funding and provision of adventure recreation facilities in Scotland, focussing specifically on skateparks and his published work in this field examines the inevitable conflict between lifestyle sports participants and policy makers.

Turner, D., (2013), ‘The Civilised Skateboarder and the Sports Funding Hegemony: A Case Study of Alternative Sport’ in Sport and Society Cultures, Commerce, Media and Politics; Vol 16, Iss 10, pp1248-1262

Turner, D., (2012), ‘Skate Conform or Die: The Conflict of Lifestyle Sports Identity and Public Policy’ in Hughson, K., Skillen, F., and Palmer, C. (eds) Sport and Social Identity: Studies from the Field’ , Lewison NY: Edwin Mellen Press

Dr Sandro Carnicelli-Filho is the is a Programme Leader for BA(Hons) Events Management and BA Tourism Management at the University of the West of Scotland and his main academic interests are: sport tourism, adventure tourism, serious leisure, volunteering, and emotional labour. Sandro has published articles in journals including Annals of Tourism Research, and Tourism Management. He is also a member of the International Academy for the Development of Tourism Research in Brazil, on the Advisory Board of the Annals of Leisure Research, and he is the Treasurer of the Leisure Studies Association.

Carnicelli-Filho, S (2013) The Emotional Life of Adventure Guides. Annals of Tourism Research, 43:192-209.

Carnicelli-Filho, S (2010) Rafting guides: leisure, work and lifestyle. Annals of Leisure Research. 13(1&2): 282-297

Carnicelli-Filho, S., Schwartz, G.M., Tahara, A.K. (2010) Fear and Adventure Tourism in Brazil. Tourism Management. 31(6): 953-956

Submission Guidelines and Key Dates

Abstracts should be 300-500 words (excluding indicative referencing) and should detail the broad focus of the chapter, the nature of the case study under investigation and a brief outline of the expected theoretical contribution. In addition, please submit a brief biography for the author(s).

Abstracts should be submitted to Daniel Turner ( by Friday January 30th.

As the text is still to be formally approved by Routledge an exact schedule for publication cannot be provided at this point. However the indicative timeline to publication is as follows:

Early January 2015 – Abstract submission

Late January 2015 – Acceptance of abstracts
Late February 2015 – Proposal submission to Routledge
Early April 2015 – Confirmation of proposal acceptance
Late September 2015 – Submission of chapters
Spring 2016 – Publication of book

Indicative references:

Carr, J., (2010), ‘Legal Geographies – Skating Around the Edge of the Law: Urban Skateboarding and the Role of Law in Determining Young Peoples’ Place in the City’ in Urban Geography, Vol 31., No 7, pp988-1003

Dumas, A. and Laforest, S., (2009), ‘Skateparks as a Health Resource: Are They as Dangerous as They Look?’ in Leisure Studies, Vol 28, No 1, pp19-34

Gilchrist, P. and Wheaton, B., (2011), ‘Lifestyle Sport, Public Policy and Youth Engagement: Examining the Emergence of Parkour’ in International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Vol 3, Iss 1, pp109-131

Jenson, A., Swords, J. and Jeffries, M., (2012), ‘The Accidental Youth Club: Skateboarding in Newcastle-Gateshead’ in Journal of Urban Design, Vol 17, Iss 3, pp371-388

Tomlinson, A., Ravenscroft, N., Wheaton, B. and Gilchrist, P., (2005), ‘Lifestyle Sports and National Sports Policy: An Agenda for Research’, Report to SportEngland, University of Brighton

Wheaton, B., (2004), ‘Understanding Lifestyle Sports: Consumption, Identity and Difference’, London: Routledge

Wheaton, B., (2013), ‘The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports’, London: Routledge

New Book Series from Palgrave Macmillan: Leisure Studies in a Global Era

posted 3 May 2013, 05:29 by Stefan Lawrence   [ updated 4 Aug 2014, 08:20 ]

Series Editors: Professor Karl Spracklen and Professor Karen Fox 

In this book series, we defend leisure as a meaningful, theoretical, framing concept; and critical studies of leisure as a worthwhile intellectual and pedagogical activity. This is what makes this book series distinctive: we want to enhance the discipline of leisure studies and open it up to a richer range of ideas; and, conversely, we want sociology, cultural geographies and other social sciences and humanities to open up to engaging with critical and rigorous arguments from leisure studies. Getting beyond concerns about the grand project of leisure, we will use the series to demonstrate that leisure theory is central to understanding wider debates about identity, postmodernity and globalisation in contemporary societies across the world. The series combines the search for local, qualitatively rich accounts of everyday leisure with the international reach of debates in politics, leisure and social and cultural theory. In doing this, we will show that critical studies of leisure can and should continue to play a central role in understanding society. The scope will be global, striving to be truly international and truly diverse in the range of authors and topics. 

The first book in the series, Whiteness and Leisure, will be published this summer (see attached). 

We are keen to hear from leisure scholars with ideas for monographs or edited collections for this series. 

For more information or to make an inquiry about a possible book project, contact Karl Spracklen,, or Andrew James at Palgrave Macmillan,

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