Call for Papers | Frontiers Research Topic: “Sports for Slow Tourism Enhancing Habitats”. Call ends August 30, 2024


About this Research Topic

Throughout history, sports have forged ties with both natural and manufactured environments, influencing its impact and reflecting individuals’ incredibly diverse interests. This diversity is clear when considering the roles sports played in ancient Greece, the construction of large facilities beginning in the 19th century, and the use of natural environments such as coastal areas and mountains.

Historically, the earliest sports activities were also linked to religion, leading to the construction of symbolic architecture. Modern sporting activities have resulted in significant building and urban transformations with substantial implications. Activities related to tourism, necessitating a close relationship with natural environmental settings (especially marine, hilly, and mountainous landscapes), illustrate the potential positive or negative impacts of sports on habitats. They further demonstrate how sports tourism can exercise resilience and promote regenerated or protected locales.

This Research Topic engages disciplines including architecture, economics, social sciences, sociology, and psychology to explore the role sports culture and leisure management can have in defining individual and community identities and in enhancing and regenerating habitats.

Our goal is to encourage scientific progress rooted in the understanding that sports can facilitate forms of slow tourism due to their inherent need for intimate interaction with natural environments (sea, hills, mountains), promoting regenerative processes and environmental enrichment that are economically and socially sustainable.

This Research Topic aims to showcase original and innovative research, experiences, and projects demonstrating the potential of sports tourism in promoting sustainable development. This includes defining appropriate practices for repurposing and restoring buildings, optimizing the enjoyment and appreciation of natural environments (particularly in depopulated internal regions), initiating processes of social improvement, and fostering the creation of new local micro-economies. In this context, we posit that sports tourism can establish beneficial ties between people, nature, and architecture, leading to environmental, economic, and social advantages.

We would welcome topics in the following areas:

      • sport tourism and place and space identity
      • sport tourism as a development for rural sustainability
      • the role sport as a regenerative approach to slow tourism
      • the gendered space of walking, paddle boarding etc in slow tourism
      • can slow sport tourism promote an inclusive environment for creating sustainable spaces


slow tourism, habitats, architecture, natural settings, sports

Topic Editors

      • Donatella Radogna, University of Studies G. d’Annunzio Chieti and Pescara Chieti, Italy
      • Christian Tolstrup Jensen, Dept. of Sport Sciences, Malmö University, SwedenParticipating Journals

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Submission Deadlines

      • August 30, 2024 | Abstract
      • December 20, 2024 | Manuscript

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