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Find out more here. Our research practice is underpinned by principles of social justice and equality in sport, leisure and physical education. We have a distinguished history of leading-edge social research and host one of the largest communities of social scientists in sport, leisure and physical education in the UK. Our work is multidisciplinary, rigorous and made accessible for a range of audiences. Through their work they seek to demystify practices that lead to inequalities in sport, leisure and physical education and raise awareness of positive approaches to social problems in these contexts.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Our work under this theme emanates from praxis, where we seek effective ways to gather and theorise data and disseminate findings across a range of contexts associated with social justice. We encourage and employ a range of theoretical perspectives and methods that incorporate traditional and innovative approaches. We contribute to the development of new and emerging theoretical perspectives, and to research methods literature and critiques.
Drawing from intersectional frameworks and participatory methods, this research theme explores the lived sport, physical activity and physical education experiences of young people. This theme explores the influence of empire and its effects on the development of sporting identities.
An evaluation of equity and equality in physical activity policies in four European countries
Our research activity has been informed by this and critical sociological studies in relation to football, cricket and global sporting events. More recent concerns have examined globalisation in relation to sport, and the effects that European Union and African diasporic movements and resettlement have had on sport and leisure choices.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to debates about leisure spaces, subcultures and identities. We are interested in the meaning and purpose of sport as leisure, leisure as part of popular culture, and leisure as geography.
Our interest in disadvantage is reflected in research from the perspective of critical social science.