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Regeneration, communities and contemporary issues in sport and leisure

Call for Abstracts

Deadline: 30 November 2019

Guest Editors

Nicholas Wise PhD (Liverpool John Moores University)

John Harris PhD (Glasgow Caledonian University)

Geoff Whittam PhD (Glasgow Caledonian University)

Managing Sport and Leisure

Table of Contents for Managing Sport and Leisure. List of articles from both the latest and ahead of print issues.

Language: en-US

Publisher: Routledge

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The subject of regeneration has been the focus of research for a number of sport and leisure management scholars over many years (e.g. Gratton, Shibli and Coleman, 2005; Misener and Mason, 2006; Crompton, 2014; Davies, 2016;). New venue developments and enterprise initiatives aim to achieve lasting social and economic legacies in town and cities across the world. To residents, communities and businesses in places that have seen increased public and private investments in sports and leisure, a number of critical issues and challenges arise. New facilities and infrastructures purpose built for sporting events, along with expansive associated leisure developments, are often perceived as ways to increase a destinations exposure (Smith, 2012; Wise and Harris, 2017). Spaces are transformed to accommodate the needs and demands of consumers and visitors, which have led to new enterprises based on altered leisure consumption patterns in and around regenerated areas (see Pye, Cuskelly and Toohey, 2016). While much work has assessed regeneration as a result of post-industrial decline (e.g. Gratton et al., 2005; Smith, 2012; Spirou, 2013), points of inquiry are shifting, putting more emphasis on social, intangible and local entrepreneurial impacts.

This special issue aims to look closely at some of the deeper social issues impacting communities in a number of different places and asks “who is regeneration for?”. It is concerned with positioning, developing and furthering debates about how regeneration has resulted in new enterprise opportunities, or has generated a new sense of community among residents. Social issues are at the centre of contemporary discussions among researchers given the various inequalities linked to sport and leisure opportunities–especially among local residents who experience the impacts of regeneration first-hand. There is a need to research the actual impacts of sport and event led regeneration to understand if intended (or just perceived) opportunities have changed peoples’ lives, attitudes, rates of participation and overall economic positioning. Critical debates will address if the impacts of regeneration, subsequent investments, new developments and enterprise initiatives have had a lasting impact on local communities, the economy and entrepreneurial activity. Moreover, there is a need to assess if more inclusive public policy initiatives are aiding and supporting residents to get involved to promote more socially and economically sustainable futures following the hosting of sporting events, or the building or new infrastructures. Papers will discuss and analyse which regeneration initiatives have proved to be ‘successful’ in different parts of the world, and to distil what lessons have been learnt by focusing on social impacts and communities. 

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Social responsibility and community engagement
  • Community based development and sport in deprived areas
  • Sport, leisure and regeneration in rural areas
  • Major sporting events and regeneration
  • Event image and city/nation branding
  • Urban entrepreneurialism
  • Geographies of sport and leisure
  • Sport, tourism and event-led regeneration
  • Internationalisation and regeneration

Submission guidelines


Abstracts due: November 30, 2019                    
Response to proposals: December 14, 2019
Full papers: February 7, 2020          
Initial reviews/Decisions: April 3, 2020                             
Revisions due: June 5, 2020                                             
Final Decisions: July 3, 2020       
Online Publication: September, 2020              

If you have any questions please contact any of the guest editors

Abstracts should be submitted to Nicholas Wise (N.A.Wise@ljmu.ac.uk)


Crompton, J.L. (2014) ‘Proximate development: an alternate justification for public investment in major sport facilities?’, Managing Leisure, 19(4), 263-282

Davies, L. (2016) ‘A wider role for sport: community sports hubs and urban regeneration’, Sport in Society, 19(10), 1537-1555.

Gratton, C., Shibli, S. and Coleman, R. (2005) ‘Sport and economic regeneration in cities’, Urban Studies, 42(5-6), 985-999.

Misener, L. and Mason, D. (2006) ‘Creating community networks: Can sporting events offer meaningful sources of social capital?’, Managing Leisure, 11(1), 39-56.

Pye, P.N., Cuskelly, G. and Toohey, K. (2016) ‘Social benefits and the planning of the East Manchester Sportcity’, Managing Sport and Leisure, 21(6), 375-398.

Smith, A. (2012) Events and Urban Regeneration. London: Routledge.

Spirou, C. (2013) Urban Tourism and Urban Change. London: Routledge.

Wise, N. and Harris, J. (2017) (Eds.) Sport, Events, Tourism and Regeneration. London: Routledge.