Call for Chapters - Participatory Research in Sport and Exercise

It is our pleasure to solicit chapter proposals for an edited collection (tentatively) titled Participatory Research in Sport and Exercise. The volume will be edited by Robyn Smith, Audrey Giles, and myself. Sport and exercise researchers are increasingly interested in approaches to co-production, knowledge mobilization, community-based research, and participatory and action-oriented methodologies. In the context of this "participatory turn," the volume will serve as a "how to" guide for students and researchers interested in a range of participatory research approaches in sport and exercise contexts. We are inviting authors and research teams to submit 200 word abstracts outlining a proposed chapter for consideration in the volume. Topics may include – but are not limited to – the following:

Section 1: Methodology and Research Design

  • Ethics
  • Finding research partner
  • Working with advisory boards
  • Negotiating and building research partnerships
  • Project management
  • Funding and finances
  • Managing expectations
  • Formalizing research agreements
  • Co-designing questions and objectives
  • Reciprocal (community and researcher) training
  • Reflexivity and reflexive practices
  • Critical pedagogies

Sections 2: Participatory Data Collection

  • Photovoice
  • Arts-based approaches
  • Digital storytelling
  • Go-along interviews
  • Participatory mapping
  • Quantitative methods
  • Peer interviews/focus groups
  • Body mapping
  • Narrative inquiry/Storytelling

Section 3: Participatory Data Analysis

  • Facilitating participatory analysis
  • Creative analytic practice
  • Participatory thematic analysis
  • Data analysis technology and software
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Narrative analysis

Section 4: Knowledge Mobilization and Translation

  • Culture and language
  • Community forums
  • Producing creative output
  • Podcasting
  • Managing conflict and negative findings
  • Navigating co-authorship

Final chapters should follow the structure outlined in the attached document. Along with the 200 word description, submissions should include the names, affiliation, and contact information for authors. Additionally, authors are encouraged to submit links or references to outputs from their work which has employed the approach/topic they are proposing to write about (if applicable).

Submissions can be made to:

The following is our proposed timeline for the project. Please note that we will be firm on this timeline. Any deviations to the submissions, should be requested to the editors in advance. Requests for extensive deviations from the following timeline will not be feasible.

  • Call for abstracts: April 15th, 2022
  • Abstract Submission: June 1st, 2022
  • Responses: July 1st, 2022
  • Second call/invites: September 1, 2022
  • Chapter Submissions: February 1, 202
  • Chapter Feedback: April 1, 202
  • Second Submissions: June 1, 202
  • Second Revisions (if necessary): July 1, 202
  • Final chapter submissions – August 1, 2023

We are happy to field any questions you may have about the proposal and submission process. We are interested in receiving submissions from scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and international affiliations. Please do not hesitate to contact us at the coordinates listed below.

Dr Kyle Rich (