LSA 2019 student bursary awards

We are delighted to announce we have awarded three bursaries for students to attend out LSA 2019 conference.


Chris Russell, PhD Student, University of Worcester

Paper title: Exploring the identity of people with dementia as they engage with the activities of community-based leisure and fitness centre.  Implications for scholarship and practice

Chris’s research explores how people with dementia perceive their identity as they adjust to the changes the syndrome brings. Specifically it seeks to understand more about how regular engagement in sport/ physical activity by people with dementia influences their sense of self. The research also offers insights into how society has conceptualised people it has traditionally positioned as passive and worthless. In contrast my findings, drawn from extensive engagement with people with dementia, advocate for a different understanding. One that highlights the strengths people retain, how aspiration and agency remain priorities, and the unique value their insights and experience can provide to the society that has marginalised them.

Ryan Lucas, PhD student, Monash University

Paper title: Critical reflections on the use of sport with youth social policy in remote Australian Indigenous communities

Ryan’s research seeks to critically examine the use of sport as the dominant policy approach towards the achievement of a range of social outcomes in Indigenous youth development throughout remote communities of the Northern Territory of Australia. Guided by a policy ethnography, this research will consider assertions fromHartmann (2003, 2015) and Coakley (2002, 2011) around the distinctions between the use of sport for upper, middle and lower-class populations, whilst challenging whether sport as a policy mechanism is aimed at social development, or whether it is primarily a mechanism for social control and containment. Whilst acknowledging the role that sport plays in producing benefits for some who engage with it, this research will also seek to explore the similarities between the historical diffusion of sport as a colonising tool, and more recent attempts to utilise sport in the pursuit of social development of Indigenous populations.

Julia Froese, PhD Student, University of Alberta

Paper title: The role of leisure in growth and recovery for suicide survivors

Julia Froese is a second year Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Her research interests include leisure and meaning-making in the context of those bereaving suicide loss, also referred to in the literature as suicide survivors. Research in this area has primarily highlighted the difficulties that survivors experience, yet very few pertain to how people heal and grow from this type of loss. Froese and McDermott’s phenomenological pilot study, ‘The role of leisure in growth and recovery for suicide survivors’, works to redress the dearth of literature on suicide survivor experiences with recovery by considering leisure as a potential resource to help suicide survivors to nurture love, sustain hope, and release pain to facilitate their healing, and transform the suicide event from a tragedy to a more positive renewal.

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