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Institute for Sport, Exercise, Recreation and Well-being (ISERW)

ISERW is a research group that was created in 2013 and is built on the original STARS (Sport, Tourism, Arts, Recreation and Society) research group, and prior to that the Leisure, Tourism and Education Research Centre.

The group aims to foster collaborations within, and outside of, the University in projects concerned with sport, exercise and recreation.

Other aims include:

  • exploring potential sources of funding;
  • building research capability within the group;
  • generating social benefits of research.

ISERW  focuses on:

  • knowledge development through PhD supervision (national & international), 
  • dissemination of research, particularly through conference organisation,
  • REF (sports related)
  • community consultancy,
  • interdisciplinary projects,
  • EU funded projects.

The Institute is made up of two subgroups:

A) Sport, health, exercise and well-being:

  • ageing healthily,
  • swimming physiology,
  • central- and autonomic- nervous system responses during and immediately after exercise.

B) Sport, society, well-being and social policy:

  • embodiment, senses and nature based physical activities;
  • sport and resilience;
  • sport participation and stories of participation;
  • outdoor pedagogies and social and environmental justice.


ISERW members include a number of research students who assist with the group's aims. Being a member also enhances the students' learning and experience. Current research students are:

  • Ray Sylvester
  • Sue Stuart

Associates members