Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference 2019


Event detail

Event Date

9 Jul - 11 Jul 2019


Bell St, Dundee DD1 1HG



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Conference Theme

Changing Lives through Leisure

The diverse nature of leisure has the potential to change lives.  This conference focuses on how leisure changes lives through research, education and practice.

Conference Sub-themes

Changing policy: Here we invite papers that explore leisure policy as the source of changing individuals’ lives and communities.

Changing communities: Within this stream, we invite abstracts that address the ways in which leisure (re)constructs or transforms communities.

Changing identities: We invite abstracts that critically consider leisure in the performance of individual and cultural identities.

Changing lives: We invite papers that consider how leisure improves quality of life for various populations and thus benefits society.

 Open stream: In addition to the four streams, we invite submissions in any other area of leisure research, teaching and practice.


The Conference Venue

The conference is hosted by Abertay University at our campus in the heart of Dundee. 

Abertay University is perfectly situated in the centre of Dundee. This page tells you everything you need to know about how to get here, no matter the method of transport you choose.

Abertay University Kydd Building

Conference Programme

Conference programme

Please note this is subject to change. 

Keynote Speaker Profiles

Mike Hall, FaulknerBrowns Architects

Mike Hall Bsc BArch specialises in the design of complex sports facilities, notably inclusing Lee Valley White Water Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the sustainability-motivated sports facility of Portsmouth University, and Derby Arena. His work explores the utilisation of leisure architecture as community-facing and social spaces as well as places for sporting excellence.

Keynote synopsis: Strategies for facility provision are in constant need of change as they respond to the evolution of societal needs, environmental requirements and financial models. To create buildings and places that promote activity and societal wellbeing, we employ a process of innovation, which is supported by a number of critical design concepts.   Mikes talk will look at each of these concepts in detail including the principles of active design, the smart stacking of leisure facilities, multipurpose and flexible social spaces, and the pioneering use of technology to enhance the sport and leisure experience. To demonstrate these concepts in action, Mike will refer to a number of relevant projects including Hebburn Central, Beacon of Light, University of Stirling Sports, The Wave and a new facility for the University of Portsmouth.

Kirsty Cumming, Community Leisure UK

Kirsty Cumming is the Engagement and Policy Manager of Community Leisure UK, the association that specialises in charitable leisure trusts across the UK. Kirsty has extensive experience in working with leisure trusts, local authorities, local and national governments, and the NHS to advocate the role of public leisure services. 

Keynote synopsis: Local authorities are facing unprecedented budget challenges, whilst demand for health, education and social care priorities continue to grow. Coupled with external pressures, such as austerity and Brexit, how can investment in public leisure services best tackle multiple inter connected priorities?  Community leisure trusts are rooted in the local communities they serve, with services co-designed and implemented to support those most in need. This type of true collaboration between those who deeply care about public services, not shareholders, can yield great public value. But how can we achieve this? This session will explore these partnerships, discussing who public leisure services should be for and how we can drive greater public value through public leisure.  

Professor Marina Novelli, Brighton University

Dr Marina Novelli is a Professor of Tourism and International Development and Academic Lead for the Responsible Futures Research and Enterprise Agenda at the University of Brighton (UK). Dr Novelli is internationally renowned for her work on niche leisure and tourism, and has vast experience of working with International Development Organisations. Through her research and practice, Dr Novelli seeks to generate new knowledge on ways in which tourism can play a key role in sustainable development by supporting local economies, the environment, and people.

Keynote synopsis: While serious leisure is not new concept combining amateur, hobbyist, or voluntary core activities engendered with deep self-fulfilment, travel philanthropy is a growing trend merging philanthropic principles with social-justice-focused forms of leisure and tourism.  Arising from frustration with the ineffectiveness of much conventional aid and traditional philanthropic giving, travel philanthropy is seen as a form of development assistance whereby funds, labour and/or other resources flow directly from the leisure and tourism industry into community development and conservation initiatives Over the past ten years of my business and leisure travel around Africa, I recall departure lounges recurrently packed with flocks of volunteers and do-gooders, made of teenagers on a gap year, senior citizens on a re-find themselves mission, members of religious organisations and ‘change-makers’ wanting to do their bit.  The number of people willing to ‘do good’ and ‘change the world’ appeared to me dramatically on the increase. High-profile events like the Live Aid Concerts of 1985 and 2005 and campaigns like the Make Poverty History, musicians engaging in political stunt like Bono and Bob Geldolf and business icons like Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates and Richard Branson have fostered a popular culture of philanthropy in general and charitable gift giving in particular.  These are currently playing an ever-increasing role in the public discourse on philanthropy as a fashionable practice of ‘doing good’ in the more developed economies.  

There is a view that ‘giving’ represents a good thing and as a honourable and generous act that lies at the heart of all philanthropic engagements. Of course, as a westerner travelling in Africa, it is easy to be drawn into the desire of ‘helping the less fortunate’ or ‘doing things differently’ as philanthropist, volunteer or technical advisor. However, the reality is that we often fail to even understand our role as individuals travelling into unknown lands.  This keynote will draw on a set of critical reflections on the valuespractices and impact of serious leisure endeavours, with particular attention being given to traditionalmodern and post-modern philanthropy. Drawing upon empirical evidence from research conducted in Africa (particularly in The Gambia, Kenya and Ghana), it is aimed at furthering debates towards a critical understanding of the problematic relationship between serious leisure, travel philanthropy and sustainable development.


Social Programme Information

Monday 8th July – Walking Tour of Dundee (optional event at additional cost)

Meet up with conference delegates before the conference gets underway.  Dundee Tours are providing conference delegates a walking tour of Dundee’s main sights.  The is at the discounted price of £12 pp for conference delegates and can be booked directly via our partners website here.

Tuesday 9th July – Civic Reception and V&A Dundee visit

Join us for a Civic Reception from the Lord Provost Ian Borthwick at 5.30pm at the City Chambers. There will be a drinks reception and a finger buffer followed a short walk to a private viewing of the Scottish Design Gallery at the V&A Dundee at 7pm. 

This event is included in our full conference packages, but additional tickets for delegates’ guests or delegates with day passes are available on our online shop.

Wednesday 10th July – Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held at Discovery Point (adjacent to the V&A). From 6pm, join us for wine reception aboard the RRS Discovery where you can tour the ship. Dinner will be served at 7pm followed by coffee and traditional Scottish Tablet.  Our evening of festivities will continue with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh band.

This event is included in our full conference packages, but additional tickets for delegates’ guests or delegates with day passes our available on our online shop.


Call for Abstracts

We are inviting abstracts for parallel sessions that are taking place throughout the conference.  Each speaker will be asked to provide a 20-minute presentation based on one of the conference sub-themes.  Up to 10 minutes will be allocated for questions following each presentation.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be provided on a Microsoft Word document and submitted as an email attachment to lsa2019@abertay.ac.uk. Each abstract should include:

  • A summary of your presentation

  • An indication of which stream you wish to be considered for

  • The title of the presentation

  • All author(s) names and institutional affiliations

If you are a day delegate, please indicate which day(s) you cannot attend at the end of your abstract.

The deadline for abstracts has been extended for the FINAL time to Friday 19 April 2019. 

If you submitted your abstract to the main call, we will respond to your application by 31st March 2019.  If you submit your abstract as part of the extended call, we will respond to your application by 26th April 2019.


Call for Conference Mentors and Mentees

Is this your first conference?  Maybe you’re a postgraduate student or early career researcher who wants some career advice? 

We are looking for mentors to support student delegates and/or early career researchers.

If you are interested in being a Conference Mentor please email us LSA2019@abertay.ac.uk  

If you would like a Conference Mentor, please email us a 200-word introduction outlining who you are, and what you would like out of the mentor-mentee relationship.

The deadline for mentors and mentees is Friday 21st June 2019.


Key Dates

FINAL Extended deadline for submitting an abstract: Friday 19 April 2019

Organising Committee response to abstracts: 31 March 2019 (expect those submitted within the extended call period which will be responded to by 26 April 2019)

Deadline to request a conference mentor/ mentee: 21 June 2019

Early Bird Registration deadline: 31 May 2019

Conference Registration deadline: 30 June 2019


Conference Fees


Early Bird Rate

Ends 31st May 2019

Standard Rate

Ends 30th June 2019

Full conference tickets

Includes three days attendance at the conferences, refreshments, a buffet lunch and tickets for all evening events.

Full LSA member



Full non-member + LSA membership



Student LSA member



Student non-member + LSA membership



Abertay Staff LSA Member



Abertay Staff non-member + LSA Membership



Abertay Student LSA Member



Abertay Student non-member + LSA membership



Day tickets

Includes attendance at the conference for one day.  Refreshments and a buffet lunch are included.

Day Rate



Student day rate



Evening event tickets

Tickets for evening events are available for day delegates or full conference delegates’ guests

Tour of the V&A and civic reception in the city chambers



Conference Dinner



Register for the conference here


Accommodation & Travel Information

For information on travel and accommodation visit Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau


LSA Bursary Award Scheme

The LSA Bursary Award Scheme, has been implemented to enable undergraduate and graduate student participation in LSA 3-day conference events. The scheme awards £100 each to a pre-designated number of students who have submitted a proposal through the regular procedure and have been accepted onto the annual summer conference programme.

Apply here


Leisure Studies Graduate Paper Award

The Leisure Studies Graduate Paper Award is sponsored by Taylor and Francis and is intended to support the development of outstanding scholarship by graduate students working in leisure studies across the world. The award will be made to a graduate student who submits a lead authored paper for consideration by a panel of judges, including representatives from the journal’s Managing Editors and Editorial Board. The paper should be prepared according to the submission guidelines of the journal and will be assessed according to its originality, significance and contribution to scholarly debate in leisure studies.

The winner will be invited to receive the award and present the paper at the annual Leisure Studies Association conference after which further feedback will be provided to support the winner to submit their paper to Leisure Studies.

The panel of judges reserves the right not to make the award in the event none of the submitted papers meet the award criteria. There can be no guarantees that the paper will be eventually published in the journal and any submission will be processed in the usual way.


  • The student must be registered for masters or doctoral level graduate work at the time of submission.
  • The student must be the lead author on the paper and only one submission per author will be accepted.
  • The paper cannot be considered if it has been submitted previously, or simultaneously, for another award or is being considered by another journal.
  • The student must be a member of the Leisure Studies Association at the time of submission.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.


  • The award winner will be invited to present their paper at the annual Leisure Studies Association Conference.
  • Registration, accommodation and travel fees are included in the prize and shall be paid upon the production of appropriate receipts.
  • The award winner will receive a Taylor and Francis sponsored prize of £150 worth of books.
  • The award winner will be announced on the websites and social media accounts of Leisure Studies and Leisure Studies Association.

Submission guidelines

  • Candidates should submit a paper of 5,000 words (excluding references) on a topic relevant to leisure studies. Papers over 5,000 words will not be considered.
  • Papers should be prepared according to the submission guidelines of Leisure Studies and the identity of the author/s should not be recognizable in the text.
  • All papers should be submitted as a word file to the Managing Editors.
  • Authors are to submit a letter, signed by their academic supervisor/advisor, verifying their graduate student status at the time of submission. This letter should also include a clear statement of the substantial contribution made by the student (as lead author) to the paper.

Deadline for receipt of submissions: 8 March 2019

The winner will be announced by: 8 April 2019


Organising Committee

Dr Rhiannon Lord (Chair)

Ms Yvette Wharton

Dr Ross Lorimer

Dr Chloe Maclean

Mr Adam Talbot

Ms Viven Collie (Abertay University Events Team)

Ms Elizabeth Wilson (Abertay University Events Team)

Ms Debbie Ree (Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau)

Contact us

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


Conference Partners




Can I submit an abstract for consideration at the conference?

  • Yes, we are inviting abstracts for parallel sessions that are taking place throughout the conference.  Each speaker will be asked to provide a 20-minute presentation based on one of the conference sub-themes.  Up to 10 minutes will be allocated for questions following each presentation.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be provided on a Microsoft Word document and submitted as an email attachment to lsa2019@abertay.ac.uk. Each abstract should include:

    • A summary of your presentation
    • An indication of which stream you wish to be considered for
    • The title of the presentation
    • All author(s) names and institutional affiliations

If you are a day delegate, please indicate which day(s) you cannot attend at the end of your abstract.

The extended deadline for abstracts is Friday 29th March 2019.

We will respond to your application by 31st March 2019 (except for those abstracts submitted in the extended call which will receive a response by 26th April 2019).


What does the registration fee cover?

  • The Full Conference ticket fee includes entrance to the 3-day conference, refreshments, a buffet lunch and tickets for all evening social events.


Will day tickets be made available?

  • Yes, the Day Ticket fee includes attendance at the conference for one day.  Refreshments and a buffet lunch are included. 

If you wish to attend any of the evening events on select days, you will need to purchase tickets for :

    • Civic Reception and Private Tour of V&A Dundee @ £20.00 per person
    • Evening Dinner @ £55.00 per person

You will be given the option to do this when you register.


Can I purchase extra social event tickets for my guests?

Yes.  When you register for the conference you will be given the option to purchase extra tickets for your guests.


Are travel and accommodation included in the conference registration fee?

Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee.  A selection of accommodation, at preferential rates and terms, has been secured with a variety of accommodation providers close to the conference venue, Abertay University – read more here.


Are meals included?

All lunches and refreshment breaks are included during the 3-day conference

Refreshments and a finger buffet are available at the Civic Reception on Tuesday 9 July

Refreshments and dinner are available at Discovery Point on Wednesday 10 July


Do I need to register for keynote or parallel sessions individually?

No, keynote sessions have plenty of seating for all guests. For parallel sessions, places are available on a first-come, first-served basis


How do I travel to Dundee?

In support of LSA2019, Dundee & Angus Convention Bureau have provided a Travelling Made Easy guide.  Click here to view our handy guide.


Can I fly directly to Dundee?

Yes, Dundee has a twice daily service between Dundee Airport and London Stansted, which serves around 150 international destinations and is a 5 minute drive from the city centre.  Loganair is offering up to 30% off flights to LSA2019. For more information on getting here and how to book click here


Where can I find out about restaurants, visitor attractions and more?

We encourage you to explore Dundee and the neighbouring regions of Angus, Fife and Perthshire.  Plan your visit and experience a collection of indulgent offers with the East of Scotland Explorer.  Click here to view options for dining out, culture and arts, events and festivals, visitor attractions, shopping and more.

  • 99 Things to See and Do in Dundee – Crowdsourced city guide recommended by the people who live here and love it. Click here
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Event details

Event Date

9 Jul - 11 Jul 2019


Abertay University main building


Bell St, Dundee DD1 1HG

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