We welcome submissions that address the core themes of the conference: leisure pasts, presents and futures, and are open to those that address any other area of leisure research, teaching and practice.
Abstracts of up to 300 words may be submitted for individual presentations. For panels, please provide a 100 word abstract for the panel overview, an indication of the format and a list of panel members with 100 word summaries for each if applicable.
Individual submissions would ordinarily comprise a 20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions.
Panels would ordinarily be 90 minutes long, and should share thematic or methodological synergies. This may take the format of three individual presentations, each of 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions, or a more dialogic format between presenters. We actively encourage you to work with other potential presenters in this way: it should facilitate greater collaboration and deeper debate. If you would like to float your ideas with us ahead of submitting, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Abstracts and panel submissions should be submitted to LSA2020@mmu.ac.uk by 20th March 2020.
The LSA actively encourages participation from postgraduate students and ECRs. Student bursaries will be available from the LSA to eligible student members on application (details will follow).
Please note: If you came to the LSA2019 conference and paid for membership as part of your conference fee please select option 3 or 4 to ensure your membership is renewed for 2020/2021.
If you joined the LSA via the website/invoice then please select option 1 or 2.
Bursaries to support student travel will be available once abstracts are accepted and fees paid.
Dr Larissa Davies
Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Larissa Davies is a Reader in Sport Management at Sheffield Hallam University. She is an interdisciplinary researcher whose work draws upon knowledge and methods from sport management, economics and geography. Larissa’s research focuses on the economic and social impact of sport and leisure. She specialises in measuring and valuing the ‘non-market’ impacts of sport and physical activity on society. Larissa’s research is positioned at the interface between academia and practice. Her work contributes to methodological debates around the measurement of sport and leisure, and her evidence-based research also informs policy and practice in the sector. Larissa has worked extensively with a range of sport and leisure organisations in the UK, including central and local government, non-departmental public bodies, charities, National Governing Bodies and commercial sports organisations. She is also part of an international collaboration investigating the social benefits of outdoor sport to society. Her keynote will focus on the social impact of sport and physical activity and explore the challenges of assigning monetary values to impacts which are often difficult to measure.
Professor Rasul Mowatt
Rasul Mowatt is Professor in the Departments of American Studies in the College of Arts + Sciences and Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies in the School of Public Health – Bloomington at Indiana University; Affiliate Faculty in the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, Ostrom Workshop, and Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. His prior work included serving as a City Commissioner for the Champaign Human Relations Commission; Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee; Field Coordinator for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; President for the Sunrise Rotary Club of Champaign-Urbana; and, Community Programs Manager for the Champaign Park District. It was this line of work that brought him to completing both his Master of Science degree in Park and Natural Resource Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in History (North and East African, Early American History). He would continue at the University Illinois for a PhD in Leisure Behavior directly following his M.S.. The combination of these studies informed his dissertation work on looking at the nature and relationship between leisure, natural/built environment, and Race via lynching history and photography. His primary areas of research and teaching are associated with: social justice, leisure studies, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy. Professor Mowatt has presented his work in more than ten countries, and has published in various leisure related publications and in other fields. He is an associate editor of Leisure Sciences and the Journal of Leisure Research, current editor for Recreation, Park, and Tourism in Public Health, and a former associate editor for Schole. He is the former Chair of his Department, served as a Co-Chair for the National Recreation and Park Association Leisure Research Symposium and The Academy’s inaugural Institute/Conference. In February of 2020, he will be assuming the role and duties of President of The Academy of Leisure Sciences.
Dr Beate Peter
Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Beate Peter is a member of the Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences and founding member of Music and Sonic Studies (MASS) at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Since her PhD, which discussed clubbing and the unconscious, she has remained interested in both electronic music and dance as an immersive experience. Her publications discuss a variety of topics in relation to electronic music and associated cultures. Over the past three years, she has focussed on rave culture in the UK, exploring aspects of ageing, enduring involvement, and leisure lifestyles.
MSc SFIPM MCIM
Diane and is regarded as one of the leading experts on retail and retail destinations, with an unparalleled knowledge and expertise in understanding current and emerging retail issues and consumer trends. Diane is a regular commentator on the performance of retail for national broadcast and print media, appearing regularly on BBC and Sky News and her opinion is often quoted in the UK’s national and regional press.
Diane has 30 years’ experience in retail, and is a founding director of Springboard which was established in 2002. She specialises in delivering intelligence and insights on both current retail performance and long term retail trends to retailers, hospitality occupiers, landlords, investors and place managers.
Diane leads all of Springboard’s insights, and authors its regular commentaries, articles, reviews, and topical reports. In collaboration with The NPD Group, Diane co-authors an annual report on the eating out market in the UK which is published in November of each year.
Diane recently led a £1 million two year project funded by the UK government, based on enhancing the customer experience in retail, collaborating with UK universities in Manchester and Cardiff. The project has revolutionised the way high streets are classified, paving the way for the introduction of new innovative strategies for town centres to ensure their resilience in a multi-channel world.
Diane holds an MSc in Property Investment and was recently awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Institute of Place Management, one of only 12 Senior Fellows worldwide. Diane was also been named as one of the world’s top retail influencers by two separate organisations in 2019.
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Travel and accommodation
There is a wide range of accommodation types in Manchester city centre (and near to the University campus) to suit different budgets, however, thanks to Marketing Manchester, we have some special rates available for conference delegates available to book here: