Our Department of Sport and Event Management and the Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre (SPARC) will be hosting the Leisure Studies Association (LSA ) Annual Conference in person at BU's Executive Business Centre, from 11 to 13 July 2023.

The conference, titled “Re-creating Leisure”, will tackle the challenges, issues, and innovations that face the leisure industry in the 21st century.

We will bring together an interdisciplinary field of researchers, educators, students, practitioners, and policymakers to share visions, expertise, and experiences, to critically examine how leisure practices, spaces, and domains are theorised, researched, and experienced. Recent global events have dramatically highlighted the significance of making sense of leisure in times of planetary upheaval. Session topics will include, but are not limited to, Sustainability, Methodological Innovations, Health and Well-being, Placemaking, Leisure and Planetary Upheaval, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. 

The final call for papers has closed. 

The conference will begin at 10 am on Tuesday 11 July and will consist of two and half days of conference programming with a closing lunch on Thursday 13 July. There will be a packed social programme, featuring activities and events in the evenings, which are all included in your conference fee.

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All conference ticket prices can be found on our Eventbrite page (includes all catering but not accommodation).

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Hotel accommodation 

The conference is being hosted at our Executive Business Centre BH8 8EB at Bournemouth University's Lansdowne Campus, 10 minutes from the centre of Bournemouth. You can find information about hotels for the conference on our Eventbrite page.

Bursary information

The organising committee of the Leisure Studies Association Conference, which will be held at Bournemouth University from the 11th to 13th July 2023, is making available a number of bursaries up to £250 to cover travel and accommodation expenses for conference delegates.

Delegates who have already had their abstracts accepted for the conference can make a bursary application by contacting the organising committee.

We kindly ask those applying for a bursary to provide us with a short brief (up to 150 words) providing a rationale/context for the application and an outline of how the bursary money will be used.

The organising committee will liaise with all who apply for a bursary and will allocate the amount available giving precedence to Early Career Researchers (including post-graduate and PhD students), community organisers, practitioners and community members who are (co)presenting papers or posters at the conference.

On a case-by-case basis, the organising committee will combine the bursary allocation for travel and accommodations expenses with a contribution towards the conference fees.

Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed.

Please click on the drop-down options below for the call for papers topics, submission guidelines, and review process.