Welcome to the Sport, Environment, Peace, Media website — a website associated with Professor Brian Wilson and students he works with in the Socio-Cultural area in the School of Kinesiology at The University of British Columbia. Featured on this website are overviews of collaborative projects that group members are working on (or have worked on), brief profiles of current and previous members of the research group, and an overview of Brian’s background and interests. The hope is that this information will be especially helpful for potential graduate students who are deciding whether to be in touch — and for those interested in the activities of our research group generally. For inquiries, you can contact Brian at brian.wilson@ubc.ca. Brian is also Director of the Centre for Sport and Sustainability (CSS) at UBC, and you are encouraged to visit the Centre’s website as well.

If you are interested in socio-cultural research in Kinesiology at UBC, you are also encouraged to visit websites for Andrea Bundon, Janice Forsyth, Laura Hurd, Moss Norman, Patricia Vertinsky, and Liv Yoon.

Jeanette and Mitch present at North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) Conference!

From April 20-23, the NASSS conference was held in Montreal. In a session entitled ‘Cycling Towards Social Change? The Role of Bicycles for Development’ (convened and moderated by Mitch!), Jeanette and Mitch presented the following:

Mitchell McSweeney, Lyndsay Hayhurst, Janet Otte & Brian Wilson
Social entrepreneurship and gender relations in Northern Uganda: Using postcolonial theory to critically explore the use of bicycles for development

Jeanette Steinmann & Brian Wilson

Cycles of poverty: Perspectives on bicycling, recycling, and homelessness in Vancouver

Mitch was also a panelist, for a discussion about the documentary film “Revolutions” Bike waste and the circular economy (produced by Courtney Szto), which premiered at NASSS.

Well done Jeanette and Mitch!

Welcome to Mitchell McSweeney, postdoctoral fellow!

Welcome to UBC Mitch!

Here is how Mitch describes himself on the ‘Bicycles for Development’ website:

Mitchell McSweeney (he/him) is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia. His research agenda focuses on social entrepreneurship, innovation, sport for development, and livelihoods, and he often utilizes postcolonial theory, institutional theory, and diaspora to critically investigate these areas.

Mich completed a Ph.D. in Kinesiology at York University before joining us at UBC.

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