Keynote Speakers

Brunel University

Louise Mansfield

Louise Mansfield is Professor of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, Vice Dean for Research and Co-Director of the Centre for Health and Wellbeing across the Lifecourse in the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Brunel University London, UK. Her research focuses on the relationship between communities, physical activity and public health. She has extensive expertise in partnership and community approaches to physical activity and issues of health, wellbeing, inequality and diversity. She has conducted her work with diverse population groups in different contexts and has over 15 years’ experience of leading research projects for sport and public health organisations in the UK including the Department of Health, Youth Sport Trust, StreetGames, Sport Scotland, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, Macmillan Cancer Support, Public Health England and Sport England. Louise has published widely in academic journals on the sociology of sport, leisure, and public health and wellbeing and has given keynote presentations across the UK and internationally. Most recently she has provided an expert review for the UK Chiles-Webster-Batson Commission on the role of community sport in low-income neighbourhoods. She has extensive expertise in coproduction and community approaches to physical activity and issues of health, wellbeing, inequality and diversity. Her work includes a focus on harnessing creative strategies in the design, delivery and evaluation of complex community interventions.
Lecture Title: Towards Inclusivity in Community Sport: Understanding and Celebrating Difference and Diversity.

About his lecture: There have been decades of successive sport policy and practice around the world seeking equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be marginalised or excluded. Most strategies have had only limited short-term success. Deeply entrenched and long-term inequalities in socioeconomic status, gender, disability and minority ethnic divisions for example still create negative consequences for taking part in community sport and realising any potential benefits from such experiences. Community approaches using the principles of coproduction and participatory research have the potential to understand and address inequalities and their impact on codesigning, delivering and evaluating community sport but such approaches are never straightforward. This lecture critically examines inclusivity in community sport. It does so by (i) outlining the complex and contested local actions in which individuals and communities identify and celebrate difference, enable people to reach their full potential irrespective of cultural identity and circumstance, and challenge and reduce social exclusion and marginalization in community sport, and (ii) illustrating the influence of wider systems of politics and governance in understanding the intersections of multiple axes of oppression and privilege that mean we are still working towards inclusivity in community sport.