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 Kydd Building

Draft Programme

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Keynote Speaker Profiles

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Social Programme Information

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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 is Friday 1st March 2019. 

We will respond to your application by 31st March 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

Registration opens:  November 2018

Start submitting abstracts: 1st November 2018

Deadline for submitting an abstract: 1st March 2019

Organising Committee response to abstracts: 31st March 2019

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

Early Bird Registration deadline: 31st May 2019

Conference Registration deadline: 30th 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






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’: http://www.leisurestudies.org/bursary-scheme 


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. 


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Event Date

9 Jul - 11 Jul 2019


Abertay Univeristy main building


Bell St, Dundee DD1 1HG

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