Research Events

Upcoming events listed here include research group events from the three SaSM REGs (Research and Enterprise Groups)Tourism, Hospitality and Events (THE)Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine (SESM) and Sport and Leisure Cultures (SLC).

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2 May 2018 Teaching Social Justice
The newly formed Research and Enterprise Group of Sport and Leisure Cultures (SLC) is holding a symposium focussed on teaching social justice in sport. One of the distinguishing features about the ‘Brighton school’ of social science is that it seeks to have a critical social justice aspect to our research and our teaching. The event will take place on Eastbourne Campus, Hillbrow Room G41 on Wednesday May 2nd from 13.00-16.00.
The speakers are:• Eric Murangwa MBE, (Football for Hope Peace and Unity), former Rwanda goalkeeper and survivor of the Tutsi genocide
• Dr Deborah Gabriel (Bournemouth), author of Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia and focussed on critical pedagogies in Higher Education
• Dr Joanne Hill (Bedfordshire), working on a project on Social justice and socio-cultural issues in physical education teacher education
• Dr Jayne Caudwell (Bournemouth), international expert on gender and sexuality in sport, who has published widely in these areas.It is intended that this event is not just of interest those teaching sport, but for those interested in critical pedagogies, teaching social justice, de-colonising the curriculum, and wider issues in challenging discrimination.This event is being held in conjunction with the annual Football 4 Peace v Homophobia Festival – a great example of where the University of Brighton puts its values into teaching and research. This can be seen in the recent publication of Transforming Sport: Knowledges, Practices, Structures co-edited by Tom Carter, Dan Burdsey and Mark Doidge and containing chapters from colleagues in SLC.To Book
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16 May 2018 Banning Tackling in School Rugby: Understanding the Debate
The seminar will be given by Dr Adam White from Oxford Brookes University. Adam is a founding member of the Sport Collision Injury Collective (, the group who sent a petition to the government to remove tackling from compulsory physical education and school sport rugby lessons in 2016.In March 2016 doctors and academics demanded the government take action to remove tackling from contact codes of rugby from the school physical education context. Based upon the injury profile (and particularly the high propensity of traumatic brain injury) associated with the tackle phase of the game in in rugby union and rugby league, it has been argued that the sport is unnecessary in the compulsory school context. This seminar will focus on five key areas:1. The current injury surveillance data in youth and school sport
2. The effects of traumatic brain injuries (concussions)
3. The current structure and provision of contact sport in the school context
4. The issue of informed consent
5. The socio-cultural response to the calls to remove tackling in schools in physical educationSeminar will be between 5PM-6:30PM in G41, Hillbrow, Eastbourne Campus. To book please email Dorthe Green
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30 May 2018 The alternative Economies of Tourism
It is becoming clear that we cannot wait any longer. We need alternative ontologies of tourism to help unlock and reposition tourism. Climate change, marine pollution, biodiversity loss, food and water security, health, wellbeing and equality are among some of the most vexed problems we must confront if we are to secure the sustainability of people and planet. In the context of these pressing challenges, any focus on tourism might seem superficial, especially when its dominant framing is as an industry whose main raison d’être is jobs and growth. However, travel and mobile dwelling are part of the human condition, and are not likely to diminish. So how do we confront the economic, social, political and institutional challenges that are needed to drive the depth and breadth of change that is needed while, at the same time, accommodating the 21st century need for travel and mobile dwelling? Some argue for radical change and a complete rejection of capitalism. Others hide behind a naïve belief that new technologies will save the planet. The reality is that capitalism has proven to be
sticky and highly resistant. We propose that placing greater emphasis on excavating the alternative, diverse, creative, and resilient economies of tourism is a way forward. This presentation will examine how we can confront important societal challenges including sustainability, climate change, social justice, inclusivity, and so on, by opening up alternative logics in tourism, by appreciating different values, organisational logics, and local alternative modes of exchange. We need alternative collaborative economies for people and planet. As activist researchers and educators beyond the university and in our communities in both North and South, we have a role in facilitating, experimenting and co-creating these alternative economies of tourism. This presentation excavates both the theoretical and practical dimensions of our path creation processes in the different contexts and communities that we work with.
Speakers are:
Professor Dianne Dredge is Professor of Tourism and Destination Development in the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University (Copenhagen campus), Denmark. Dianne is an elected member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, and Chair of the Tourism Education Futures Initiative (TEFI), a network of over 600 tourism educators who believe in the powerful transformative effects of education in building sustainable and just forms of tourism for the future. Her main areas of research and engagement focus on the tourism policy, collaborative economy, and destination development, and she has worked in a variety of contexts including Mexico, Canada, China and Australia, as well as for international agencies such as the OECD and the European Commission. Her contributions draw from a range of methods and disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, including story-telling, policy ethnographies, network analysis, social learning and discourse analysis. Dianne’s work highlights the importance of understanding the interplay between local communities on one hand, and the influence of macro sociopolitical, cultural, environmental and economic change on the other hand. Dianne is currently co-editor of Tourism Planning and Development. She has produced 5 edited books, and has published over 150 journal articles, book chapters and refereed
conference papers
Associate Professor Helene Balslev Clausen is Associate Professor of Global Tourism Development and Study Coordinator of Tourism Study
program in the Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University (Copenhagen campus), Denmark. She is an anthropologist with a background in migration studies and a keen interest in development and tourism. Her main research engagements are in sustainable tourism, international development, informal economies, capacity building and advocacy, and localized organizations, and she has worked in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Costa Rica among others. Her research draws on methods and disciplines within political- and social sciences and humanities and she is keen on facilitating change through participation and co-creation rather than just a transfer of knowledge. She has been co-leader in several major research projects funded by the Mexican Research Council (CONACYT) with sustainable tourism and development as central and is a board member in different Latin American based development and sustainable tourism networks. She has published extensively in Spanish as well as in English in journal articles, book chapters and edited several books.
30th of May 2018 2-5Pm G19, Greynore Building, Eastbourne Campus.

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13 June 2018 Transforming Sport: Engaging Critical Proactivism in Sport Research
H129, Hillbrow, Denton Road, Eastbourne Campus
13th of June 2018 between 09:30-17:00A symposium hosted by the Sport and Leisure Culture Research Group, University of BrightonCritical scholarly research on sport has often troubled simplistic narratives around sport’s positive role in society, as academics regularly question the straightforward, widely-accepted notion that doing sport is, in and of itself, a ‘good’ thing.However, acknowledging this does not mean rejecting any and all claims that engaging with sport or related leisure practices can lead to positive outcomes for individuals, communities, or the broader societies of which they are a part. As such, the ‘critical proactivist’ approach to scholarly research on sport invites academics to engage creatively with the possibility of sport’s role in engendering positive social change, at the same time as carefully reflecting on the limits of such phenomena.This one-day event at the University of Brighton will showcase academic work marrying critical perspectives with proactive community engagement, sharing examples of good practice and inviting constructive debate among academics and practitioners. It is open to anyone with an interest in researching, developing, or delivering sports and related leisure programs.For more information please contact either of the symposium organisers:Thomas Carter |

Alex Channon |

Nigel Jarvis |

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