Call for Papers | “Exploring EDI in Sport with a Focus on Gender, Sustainability, and Disrupting the Sports Industry” Conference | Leeds, Weetwood Hall Estate, June 12, 2024. Call ends March 31, 2024

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The organizers of the conference, Richmond. American University in London, its RIASA (Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy) campus in Leeds, and the Richmond Gender in Football and Sport Research Centre welcome all interested scholars, researchers, practitioners, and advocates to the Weetwood Hall Estate, Leeds. The organizers are represented by Dr Lucia Morawska,, and Dr Samantha Bracey, 

Abstracts are to be submitted no later than 31 March 2024, and applicants will be notified by 30 April 2024. Please send 250-word proposals with a 100-word author bio to one of the organizers. 

Early bird registration conference fee (by 15 May) is £35, and £50 thereafter; for early career researchers and postgraduate students te fee is £30. Refreshments and lunch will be provided by the organizers. Accommodation is not provided by the organizers but available on site. 


Join us at Breaking Barriers, a transformative conference exploring Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Sports. Unveil the power of gender and sustainability, disrupting norms in the sports industry. Gain insights, forge collaborations, and be part of shaping a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future for sports. Break barriers with us! 


In today’s sports landscape, the need for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) is crucial. This conference focuses on examining EDI in sports, specifically emphasizing gender and sustainability. Our goal is to challenge and disrupt existing norms in the sports industry while exploring the intersection of EDI, gender dynamics, and sustainability. We aim to unravel complexities and pave the way for transformative change within the sports arena. 


This conference invites contributions from scholars, researchers, and practitioners across disciplines such as sports management, sociology, gender studies, environmental science, and business. We encourage diverse formats, including academic paper presentations, interactive workshops, panel discussions, and case study presentations to facilitate a holistic exploration of the conference themes: 

      1. Historical Foundations: Investigate the historical roots of EDI in sports, analysing its evolution and understanding how historical perspectives shape contemporary challenges and opportunities. 
      2. Gender Dynamics: Explore the role of gender in sports, addressing disparities, biases, and the impact of women’s participation in shaping a more inclusive sporting environment. 
      3. Sustainability in Sports: Examine the intersection of sustainability and sports, focusing on eco-friendly practices, ethical considerations, and the role of sports in promoting environmental awareness. 
      4. Disrupting the Sports Industry: Analyze innovative approaches and disruptive strategies aimed at challenging traditional norms within the sports industry, fostering inclusivity, and driving positive change. 
      5. Empowerment through Sport: Discuss how sports can be a platform for empowerment, not only in terms of gender but also in fostering a sense of belonging, leadership, and community engagement. 
      6. Social Responsibility: Explore the responsibilities of sports organizations and individuals in promoting social justice, inclusivity, and contributing to the broader well-being of communities. 

Expected Outcomes

      1. In-depth Understanding: Participants will gain a profound understanding of the intricate dynamics of EDI, gender, and sustainability within the sports landscape. 
      2. Innovative Solutions: Insights into innovative solutions and strategies for disrupting the sports industry in favour of greater inclusivity and sustainability. 
      3. Networking and Collaboration: Opportunities to establish connections and collaborations between academics, industry professionals, and activists passionate about reshaping the future of sports. 


By convening diverse perspectives on EDI, gender, sustainability, and disruptive innovation, this conference aspires to be a catalyst for positive change in the sports industry. We invite scholars, researchers, practitioners, and advocates to join us in exploring how we can collectively break barriers and create a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future for sports.

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