Laura Misener


My research focuses on sport as a instrument of social change. I seek to critically examine numerous ways that sport has been purported to positively affect community development, social infrastructure, social inclusion, and healthy lifestyles of community members. In particular, my interest lies in the area of how sporting events can be used to positively affect communities in terms of local development, sport development, and social inclusion. My overall goal is to develop both theoretical and and practical means of enhancing the value and outcomes of sport for positive social change.

Ongoing Research Projects Include:

  1. 1.Discourses of Corporate Social Responsibility surrounding Mega-Events

  2. 2.Leveraging Small-Medium Scale Events for Sport Participation

  3. 3.Social Leveraging Parasport Events

  4. 4.The Role of Sport Organizations in Cross-Sector Community Partnerships for Health/Physical Activity Promotion


PhD (2007)

University of Alberta

MHK (2001)

University of Windsor

BKin (1999)

McMaster University

Research Interests

-Sport and events as tools for increasing sport participation

-Leveraging Parasport Events

-Policy analyses and cross-cultural comparative politics of sport and leisure

-Intersections of sport, physical activity, and health promotion


Laura Misener

Assistant Professor

School of Kinesiology

University of Western Ontario

Office: Somerville House 2360A

Phone: (519)661-2111 ext. 86000