Leisure and Well-Being Across Countries
in the Era of Coronavirus-19:
Trends and Applications

Brief Description

The Coronavirus-19 pandemic has undoubtedly moved our social lives to an online dimension and, even within smoother sanitation and social distancing measures, forms of interaction and full access to leisure as a primary source of meaningfulness in life and well-being have been seriously affected.

The Leisure and Well-Being SIG (from the World Leisure Organization – WLO) proposes a research project, which grows from the inner synergies provided by WLO, gathering a group of members, representing different countries, with the following objectives:

  • To know about the pandemic and post-pandemic period and variables related to leisure and well-being;
  • To explore practices, experiences, and concepts in relation to different countries, discussing about culture and relations with leisure and well-being;
  • To conclude on trends, applications, and guidelines, contributing to new opportunities for enhancing well-being through leisure.

International Project Team 

Teresa Freire

University of Minho, Portugal

Arianne Reis

Western Sydney University, Australia

Marie Young

University of Western Cape, South Africa

Marcel Bastiaansen

Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Lawal Marafa

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Miklos Banhidi

Szechenyi University, Hungary

Giyasettin Demirhan

Hacettepe University

Joanne Schroeder

Vancouver Island University, Canada

Heather Gibson

University of Florida, United States

Douglas Kleiber

University of Georgia, United States

Ricardo Uvinha

University of São Paulo, Brazil

Jane Zhou

Zhejiang University, China

Instructions for the participants

Instructions and questionnaires for participants will be available soon.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact: Dr. Teresa Freire at tfreire@psi.uminho.pt or WLO at secretariat@worldleisure.org

Research timeline and updates about the study

*Research timeline and updates about the study will be available soon

International scope and representation

*map is filling up as new country representation participation happens