Dr. Massey’s line of research focuses on the role of sport, play, and physical activity on cognitive and social development for children growing up in low-income and/or high violent communities. Within this, he focuses on how engagement in physically active environments can contribute to the development of children who are at risk for physical, cognitive, and social disparities.
New book: Sport in Under-resourced, Underdeveloped, and Conflict Regions
Over the past two decades, scholars and practitioners have taken a keen interest in the field of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP). These efforts have largely focused on and debated the merits of sport as a tool for development, diplomacy, and peace building in under-resourced, underdeveloped, and conflict regions. Making sense of the positive contributions that sport can offer to such complex and multi-faceted issues requires understanding the various connections and meanings that individuals and communities ascribe to their sporting experiences. This book offers a unique outlet for research that engages with, rather than makes claims about, individuals and communities around the world. Diverse, contemporary, and thought-provoking examples of qualitative methods in the study of SDP are detailed, along with rich, meaningful, and provocative insights from these studies.