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Professor Louise Mansfield
Vice Dean Research / Professor - Sport, Health and Social Sciences

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Career History

Louise Mansfield is Professor of Sport, Health and Social Sciences and Research Lead for Welfare, Health and Wellbeing in the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies.  Her research focuses on the relationship between sport, physical activity and public health and wellbeing. She is interested in partnership and community approaches in sport and physical activity and issues of health, wellbeing, inequality and diversity. She has led research projects for the Department of Health, Youth Sport Trust, sportscotland, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, Macmillan Cancer Support, Public Health England and Sport England. She sits on the editorial boards for Leisure Studies, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport and is Managing Editor of Annals of Leisure Research. Louise is known for  is known for developing evidence to inform policy and practice.




Louise is Vice Dean for Research (CHMLS), Director of the Centre for Health and Wellbeing across the Lifecourse (CHWL) and Associate Director of the ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Training Programme (a collaboration between Brunel, Oxford and the Open University).

Newest selected publications

Smith, R., Mansfield, L. and Wainwright, E. (2023) '‘Do know harm’: Examining the intersecting capabilities of young people from refugee backgrounds through community sport and leisure programmes'. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 19. ISSN: 1012-6902 Open Access Link

Journal article

Mansfield, L., Daykin, N., Golding, A. and Ewbank, N. (2022) 'Understanding Everyday Creativity: A Framework drawn from a qualitative evidence review of home-based arts.'. Annals of leisure research, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 32. ISSN: 1174-5398 Open Access Link

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Wheaton, B. and Mansfield, L. (2022) 'Fact, faction and fiction: exploring fictional composition as a tool for knowledge production in leisure research'. Annals of Leisure Research, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 1174-5398

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Wittels, P., Kay, T. and Mansfield, L. (2022) 'The Family Is My Priority: How Motherhood Frames Participation in Physical Activity in a Group of Mothers Living in a Low Socioeconomic Status Area'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (3). pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 1661-7827 Open Access Link

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