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Evaluation in sport, leisure and wellbeing; the power of knowledge exchange


The second seminar of this two seminar event takes place this Thursday at Solent University. Together with colleagues from VUB (Brussels) this international seminar series has examined issues of evaluation, knowledge transfer and agency for research and practice in sport, leisure and well-being fields.

Excellent speakers from the first seminar included Prof Sam Porter (BU), Prof Fred Coalter and Dr Rein Haudehuyse (VUB).

Thursdays seminar features Prof Ramon Spaij and Dr Hebe Schaillée (VUB), Dr Iain Lindsey (Durham University) and Dr Oscar Mwaanga (Solent University).

The focus of the seminar is on translating evidence and evaluation to practice: how do we bridge that gap?

If you would like to attend at Solent University please contact Andrew Adams in Department of Sport and Physical Activity at BU:

This seminar series is supported by a grant from the Leisure Studies Association

Sport Management academic appointed Editor in Chief of International Sport Journal

Earlier this month senior academic Dr Andrew Adams who is in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity accepted the role of Editor in Chief for the Taylor and Francis Journal Managing Sport and Leisure. Dr Andrew Adams takes on the editorship at a time when the journal has just been listed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index, which is the first stage to being included in SSCI and gaining an impact rating. The journal has a remit to publish high quality research articles to inform and stimulate discussions relevant to sport and leisure management globally. Dr Adams is well equipped to drive this journal forwards having published across both of the fields of sport and leisure in a variety of international journals, and has has organised and convened international sport, and international leisure conferences here at BU in the last two years.

Making BU the home for this journal is another statement of recognition for both the Department of Sport and Physical Activity and Bournemouth University as a whole and further reinforces BU’s growing national and international recognition for sport and leisure research that has implications for professional practice. Fusion is well served in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity by having this journal edited here by Andrew at BU

If any BU staff are interested in submitting a paper Dr Adams is more than happy to discuss their project with them – it may also be the case that discussing an idea may lead to publication and collaboration cross-departmentally and even cross-disciplinary.

The current edition can be found at:


Political Studies Association: Sport and Politics Conference 2016

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Political Studies Association: Sport and Politics Conference 2016

Conference theme: Social Justice

Sport, Politics and Social Justice

The Department of Sport and Physical Activity are pleased to be hosting this years PSA Sport Special Interest Groiup Conference on the 4th and 5th March at the Executive Business Centre.

This is the 10th anniversary of this academic group and the conference has gradually grown to become an international event with papers being presented by academics from the USA, Turkey, Poland, Hong Kong and the UK.

The conference will aim to unpack and interrogate some of the ideas concerning Sport, as a cultural form par excellence, its inherent political nature, andwhat can only be described as an ambiguous relationship with social justice. Governments and international sports organisations often cite the commonly held precepts of social justice – fairness and/or entitlement – as key aspects and determinants of political bargaining and policymaking concerning sport.

Some might claim that it is the supposed virtue of justice that sits at the heart of sport that gives it such special value manifest in the use of sport in initiatives such as crime prevention, community development and health promotion.

Others might argue that within a wider cultural politics, sport can be understood as an insidious site through which various discourses are appropriated and mobilised in regard to the organisation and discipline of daily life and, from this perspective, that sport may do very little to champion an orientation towards social justice, equality and inclusion.

The Sport, Politics and Social Justice Conference 2016 will provide a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary examination of these issues and more. The conference will explore the inter-relationship between sport, politics and social justice by drawing on research from a variety of academic fields, including: politics, political science, sociology, social policy, political philosophy, criminology, community and youth work, history, law, geography, and sport studies.

If you are interested and would like to attend please contact the conference Chair Andrew Adams +


Leisure Studies Association Annual International Conference 7th-9th July Kimmeridge House


The Faculty of Managament are holding this significant international conference from today 7th July to Thursday 9th July. Some 90 delegates from over 12 countries will be in attendance and with 4 excellent Key Note speakers and 80 parallel papers the conference is set to be exciting and illuminating. The conference programme can be found at