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Commission on Leisure Research

Purpose, Goals and Objectives

Mission Statement

The Research Commission of World Leisure is an international community of scholars, concerned with the local/global development and dissemination of quality research into all aspects of leisure.

Commission Objectives

Facilitate the development of the highest standard research and scholarship into all aspects of leisure.

Promote the training of highly skilled and imaginative researchers

Promote the highest standards of ethical behaviour among researchers in the leisure studies community

Facilitate international research collaboration on specific projects

Facilitate an active, two-way exchange of research knowledge between developed and developing countries by promoting research, particularly in such countries where leisure research has not yet gained momentum

Find meaningful ways in which professionals delivering leisure services can apply research in their professional activities, thus bridging the gap between theory and practice.

Encourage the exchange of research knowledge through international forums which are to be conducted in different countries, or via the Internet.

Promote the biennial World Leisure conference, assist in organising the conference Research Program, invite keynote speakers, and manage abstracts and papers to achieve the highest standards.

Develop a relationship between the Research Community of World Leisure and the World Leisure Association's WICE program in the Netherlands. This relationship is to be aimed at utilising the research skills of Research Commission members to further the work of WICE.

Develop connections with other Commissions within World Leisure, and related organisations outside of World Leisure (e.g. Research Committee 13 of the ISA, regional and national Leisure Studies Associations) in order to promote the aims of World Leisure and the Research Commission, and work on projects of mutual interest.


Current members of World Leisure may indicate their interest in Research by e-mailing the World Leisure Secretariat at secretariat@worldleisure.org. Former members and other non-members may join World Leisure and indicate their interest in Research on the Web site at worldleisure.org. Members of World Leisure may become active in Research by contacting Chair Raymond Hibbins at R.Hibbins@griffith.edu.au.


Dr. Raymond Hibbins 
Griffith University (Australia)

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.