Sustainable Sport & Leisure Development (SSLD)

SSLD is just one of many Research Clusters at Plymouth Marjon University. Click here for details on other Research Clusters.

Scope and themes

The scope of the cluster encompasses research on the management of the economic, environmental, and social impacts of sport and leisure, the balancing of the associated objectives/outcomes in strategies that use sport and leisure as a tool for development, and the identification of the best means for the attainment of sustainable outcomes/benefits through the integration of sport and leisure with the holistic framework of sustainable development.

More specifically, the scope includes:

  • Strategic Portfolio Management in Sport and Leisure Organisations
  • Sport and Leisure Policy, Governance and Development
  • Social Inclusion and Alternative Physical Cultures
  • Embodiment, Experiential Consumption, Lifestyle and Identity
  • Sustainability, Community Capacity, Health and Quality of Life
  • Popular Culture, Events, Sport and Tourism
  • Recreation, Outdoor Learning, Physical Education and Coaching

Mission: To undertake theoretically grounded, industry relevant and socially impactful research that can inform and enable inclusive policy formations towards the effective incorporation of the range of sport-related as well as leisure products and services into sustainable development strategies for individual and community well-being, capacity-building and social change.

Research themes:

  • Strategy – Planning for the strategic management of sport and leisure organisations and enabling the effective leveraging of resulting benefits
  • Inclusive Governance – Promoting inclusiveness of minority physical activities
  • Embodiment – Fostering meanings and identities of sport and leisure participants
  • Sustainability – Determining the economic, social and environmental impacts of sport, leisure and event tourism as well as enhancing and sustaining their value
  • Community Capacity – Building local capacities to create and deliver sport and leisure opportunities, health services as well as event tourist experiences
  • Quality of Life – Assessing the contribution of sport, leisure and event tourism to the subjective and collective well-being
  • Pedagogy – Examining teaching and learning within sport coaching, recreation, outdoor leisure, physical education, and physical activity health promotion