Call for Participation | “Open Spaces and Social Good: Removing Obstacles to Sport and Physical Activity”, The Inaugural Peter Donnelly Lecture in Sport Policy Studies by Parissa Safai | March 21, 2024. Register for this hybrid event now

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The Centre for Sport Policy Studies at U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education invites us to an insightful event celebrating Dr. Donnelly’s impact and legacy in the fields of public sociology, critical sport studies and policy development. The lecture will explore current issues and challenges regarding public health, access to safe, inclusive physical activity, and the values of sport. It will also consider Dr. Donnelly’s intellectual craftsmanship, commitment to advocacy, and push to offer solutions when considering the ongoing relationships between sport and health.

Keynote speaker

We are delighted to welcome keynote speaker Dr. Parissa Safai, Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science in the Faculty of Health at York University and the first doctoral student of Dr. Peter Donnelly.

Dr. Safai’s research interests focus on the critical study of sport at the intersection of risk, health and healthcare. This includes research on sports’ “culture of risk”, the development and social organization of sport and exercise medicine, as well as the social determinants of athletes’ health.

She also conducts research and teaches on sport and social inequality with focused attention paid to the impact of gender, socio-economic, and ethnocultural inequities on accessible physical activity for all.

Event Details

    • Thursday March 21, 2024 at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue)
    • Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m.
    • Light refreshments will be served
    • No cost to attend but registration is required
    • The event will also be livestreamed. A link to the livestream will be sent to registrants a few days before the event

We welcome students, staff, and faculty from across the University of Toronto community, as well as alumni of the Faculty and members of the public.

Register via Eventbrite to attend or watch the livestream

Questions about the event can be directed to Simon Darnell, Director of the Centre for Sport Policy Studies at

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