1st Edition

Participatory Research in Sport and Physical Activity

Edited By Kyle A. Rich, Robyn Smith, Audrey R. Giles Copyright 2024
    270 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is the first book to focus on participatory research in the context of sport and physical activity. It explores the transformative potential of participatory research methods and provides an introduction to the practicalities of doing participatory research in sport and physical activity.

    The book is structured around phases of the research process, covering research design, data collection, data analysis, and knowledge mobilization and translation. Chapters cover research design topics such as building research partnerships, reflexivity and ethical issues; methods such as social photo-elicitation, go-along interviews, and biographical mapping; analytical approaches such as collective memory work and collaborative analysis; and knowledge mobilization and translation topics such as podcasting, digital tools, and peer review. Every chapter includes a review of key developments, a guide to how that approach can be employed, an example from the author’s own work, and critical reflections on how that approach can shape future research and have an impact on public discourse.

    This book is an invaluable resource for students and researchers working in sport studies, the sociology of sport, sport and exercise psychology, sport management and policy, and human movement and health studies more broadly. It will be particularly useful for those interested in diverse and inclusive approaches to qualitative research methodologies.

    1. Introduction

    Kyle A. Rich, Robyn Smith and Audrey R. Giles 

    Part I: Research Design 

    2. Partnership Work in Participatory Action Research: “Trust Doesn’t Happen on a Timeline”

    Robyn Smith, Madison Danford, Simon Darnell, Braeden Doane, Maria Joaquina Lima Larrazabal, Danielle Dinunzio, Sabrina Brathwaite and Chantelle Jane Soropia 

    3. Layering Reflexivity into Participatory Research

    Thierry R. F. Middleton 

    4. Love and Community-Based Participatory Research

    Nancy L.I. Spencer and Shanon K. Phelan 

    5. Participatory Evaluation as a Cultural Insider in Sport and Physical Activity Research

    Michael S. Dao 

    6. Secondary Traumatic Stress and Community-Based Participatory Research in Sport and Physical Activity

    Audrey R. Giles, Robyn Smith, Jackie Oncescu, Talia Ritondo and Britta Peterson 

    Part II: Data Collection 

    7. Ethical Issues Surrounding Data Collection in Participatory Action Research in Sport for Development

    Carla Luguetti, Rebecca Giglia and Ramon Spaaij 

    8. Photo-Elicitation Approaches: Exploring Uses and Applications

    Erin Pearson and Laura Misener 

    9. Social Media Post-Elicitation in Participatory Research

    Nikolaus A. Dean and Andrea Bundon 

    10. Biographical Mapping Interviews

    Astrid Schubring 

    11. Go-Along Interviews

    Kelsey Harvey 

    Part III: Data Analysis 

    12. Community Members’ Participation in Data Analysis and Co-Authorship: Challenging Practices

    Umerdad Khudadad, Britta Peterson, Talia Ritondo and Audrey R. Giles 

    13. Collective Memory Work in Sport and Physical Activity

    Bryan C. Clift, Stephanie Merchant and Jessica Francombe-Webb 

    14. Analysing Data in Community-Based Research with Indigenous Communities: Indigenous and Settler Researchers’ Perspectives on “Unlocking” the Next Level

    Audrey R. Giles, Rochelle Stewart-Withers, Jeremy Hapeta and Steven Rynne 

    Part IV: Knowledge Mobilization and Translation 

    15. Participatory Digital Knowledge Translation Considerations from a Bicycles for Development Project

    Jessica Nachman, Lyndsay M.C. Hayhurst and Mitchell McSweeney 

    16. Podcasting as a Knowledge Translation Tool for Sport and Physical Activity Research 

    Samuel M. Clevenger, Oliver J.C. Rick, Emilio J. Weber and Robyn Smith 

    17. Reviewing Participatory Research: Guiding Principles and Considerations

    Kyle Rich and Kerry R. McGannon 

    18.Conclusion: Reflections, Learnings, and Future Directions for Participatory Research in Sport and Physical Activity

    Kyle A. Rich, Robyn Smith and Audrey R. Giles


    Kyle A. Rich is Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University, Canada. Kyle uses participatory research methodologies and examines the impacts of policy, community, and inclusion/exclusion on experiences in sport, recreation, and physical activity programming. This research has examined a variety of local, regional, and national programs and how they are implemented in both urban and rural contexts.

    Robyn Smith is Lecturer in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Brunel University London, UK. Her research focuses on the relationship between community sport, leisure, and wellbeing among young people from equity-owed communities. She is passionate about using participatory methodologies to examine the lived experiences and wellbeing of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, in and through sport.

    Audrey R. Giles is Full Professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Canada. An applied cultural anthropologist, she uses participatory approaches to examine the intersections of gender, culture, and place as they relate to sport and injury prevention. She has conducted most of her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded research with Indigenous peoples in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic.