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Commission on Leisure Research

To develop links between established and experienced researchers and higher degree research students (HDR) in those nations experiencing a demise of leisure studies and those experiencing an emergence or development in leisure in universities. To establish the career paths and destinations of HDR students with particular attention to links between the academy, government and business.

The main work the Commission has been undertaking is a tracing of the career destinations of Higher Degree Research students in the field of leisure studies in a sample of universities in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. This has involved looking at research topics, methodologies, disciplines involved, whether there are links with industry and employment aims.

It is proposed to expand this study to include samples in South Africa, Korea, Taiwan, China, Latin America more particularly, Brazil where the field of leisure studies is growing. The involvement of other Commissions in WLO will be welcome.

2010-2015 An investigation of the topics being researched, methodologies, dominant theories and paradigms being used and careers paths of HDR students in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand and the USA.

2015-2017 Expand the above to include HDR students in universities in Brazil, South Africa, Korea, China, Spain and Taiwan.

The purposes of this investigation are to establish if there are links between the academy, business and government in the respective nations and to conclude if there are new and emerging methodologies and theories in research in the field of leisure studies.

Chair: Raymond Hibbins PhD
Email: [email protected]
Associate Professor
Department of Tourism,Sport and Hotel Management
Griffith University, Queensland - Australia
Phone: +61 737357242

We Foster Inquiry

Research and scholarship to discover the personal and social potentialities of leisure experiences.

We Engage in Informed Advocacy

By advocating for conditions optimizing leisure experiences: legislation, infastructure, leadership and programming.