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The Institute for Research Excellence in Sport and Exercise (IRESE)

Research Themes - Leisure and Tourism / Sociology and Philosophy of Sport


Established in 2001, the Welsh Centre for Tourism Research (WCTR) is one of the Cardiff Metropolitan University's recognised centres of research excellence and the only UK research centre of its kind to be rated as producing world-leading and internationally excellent research.  The centre embraces sustainable destination development and marketing, social inclusion and poverty alleviation, and was a co-host of the Critical Tourism Studies Series of biennial conferences which began in 2005 in conjunction with the Socio-Spatial Analysis Group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands and the Institute for Tourism, Zagreb.

Led by Professor Scott Fleming as well as Carwyn Jones and David Brown (both Readers) the sociology and philosophy of sport group’s research interests are wide-ranging and include aspects of social interaction, ethnography, philosophy and ethics. Specifically, current and previous work includes explorations of gender, ‘race’ and ethnicity, embodiment and identity. These are reflected in research on sports coaching, socio-political theory, moral development and sport and leisure cultures. There is a strong interest in research methodology, ethnography, action research and research ethics.