The centre was established in 2013 with a constitution and remit approved by senior management of the University of Brighton. Periodically reviewed, the centre’s governance has evolved in the interim and continues to be overseen by the university’s Research Strategy Committee. Whilst operating on a cross-school basis, the centre is based in and resourced by The School of Sport and Service management, which covers its administrative costs, underwrites many of its activities, and provides academic staff time for leadership and other activities directly related to the centre’s operations. The centre reports annually to the Director for Research and Development in the College of Social Sciences in accordance with the university’s specified criteria for evaluating the work of its research centres.
Trans- and interdisciplinary in ethos, our research investigates the practices that produce and circulate the knowledges within and surrounding sport, tourism and leisure. The Steering Committee addresses the centre’s aims and ensures they are put into practice by
facilitating engagement between academic scholarship and the work of industry practitioners, community and political activists, policy makers, and other professional stakeholders involved in the provision, practices, dissemination, and evaluation of leisure-related activities and institutions in its broadest conception.
drawing on scholarship from across a range of disciplines including, history, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, human geography, international relations, political science, sport studies, tourism studies, and media studies.
emphasising the political and economic elements found within sport, tourism and leisure, the centre’s work explores the relationships between official narratives and those subordinated, marginalised, or otherwise neglected groups who wish to express and develop alternate practices, ethos, and ways of being.
contributing to the university’s international reputation in these fields and demonstrate it leadership in related areas of research through the attraction of partnerships, funding, and postgraduate research students while also attracting high quality students to our taught postgraduate provision.
The centre's long-term strategy is constantly monitored by a Steering Group formed by senior academics with long-standing experience in relevant subject areas, alongside Mid-Career Researcher (MCR) and Early-Career Researcher (ECR) representatives.
- Dr Thomas Carter
- Dr Alex Channon
- Dr Mark Doidge
- Dr Nigel Jarvis
- Dr Tijana Rakić
- Dr Marina Novelli
- Dr Clare Weedon
- PhD student representative
- Member of the professoriate
- Director of Research and Development (Social Sciences)
The Steering Group reports to the School’s Research Committee.