Jay Scherer, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs


Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
(780) 492-9146
2-130A University Hall
8840 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J9




PhD (Sport Sociology), University of Otago, 2004

MHK (Sport Management), University of Windsor, 1999

B.A. University of Western Ontario, 1996


Dr. Scherer joined the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation in 2005.



Current Research

1) Community-Based Research and Sport for Development and Peace: Free Play for Kids (SSHRC-funded through 2024)

2) Gentrification and Spectacular Urban Sporting Landscapes

3) International Hockey and the Cold War

4) The Political Economy of Sports Broadcasting in the Digital Era

5) The Political Debates Over the Construction of Publicly-Funded Major League Sports Facilities and Entertainment Districts.


Dr. Scherer teaches a range of socio-cultural undergraduate courses, as well as a graduate course in Sport and Popular Culture.


KRLS 104 - Introduction to Sociology of Sport and Leisure in Canadian Society

This course brings a sociological imagination to the study of sport and leisure with particular reference to Canadian society. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KRLS 104 or PERLS 104.

KSR 582 - Graduate Seminar: A Seminar in Current Factors, Problems and Issues

Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 582, KRLS 582 or PERLS 582.

Browse more courses taught by Jay Scherer


Negotiating the new urban sporting territory: Policing, settler colonialism, and Edmonton's Ice District

Author(s): Scherer, J., Davidson, J., Kafara, R., & Koch, J.
Publication Date: 6/1/2021
Publication: Sociology of Sport Journal
Volume: 38
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 111-119

The making of the 1976 Canada Cup: Power plays, hockey diplomacy, and the rise of Alan Eagleson

Author(s): Scherer, J.
Publication Date: 2/25/2021
Publication: Sport History Review
Volume: 52
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 41-69

Sport and physical culture in Canadian society (2nd edition)

Author(s): Scherer, J., & Wilson, B. (Eds.).
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Toronto: Pearson

Big stadium, small city: A catalyst for turbulence and governmental reforms.

Author(s): Sam, M.P., & Scherer, J.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Urban Policy and Research
Volume: 37
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 310-323

Power play: Professional Hockey and the politics of urban development.

Author(s): Scherer, J., Mills, D., & McCulloch, L.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Edmonton: University of Alberta Press

Changing work routines and labour practices of sports journalists in the digital era: A case study of Postmedia.

Author(s): Daum, E., & Scherer, J. (2018)
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Media, Culture & Society
Volume: 40
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 551-566
External Link: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0163443717714992

Slap shot! Sport, masculinities, and homelessness in the downtown core of a divided Western Canadian city

Author(s): Koch, J., Scherer, J., & Holt, N.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Journal of Sport and Social Issues
Volume: 42
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 270-294
External Link: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0193723518773280

War games: The politics of war, sport spectacles, and grieving in Canada.

Author(s): McDermott, L., & Scherer, J. (2017).
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: In M. Butterworth (Ed.), Sport and militarism: Contemporary global perspectives
Page Numbers: 156-172

Social dimensions of Canadian sport and physical activity.

Author(s): Crossman, J., & Scherer, J. (Eds.).
External Link: http://www.pearsoncanada.ca/media/highered-showcase/multi-product-showcase/crossman-preface.pdf

Resisting the world-class city: Community opposition and the politics of a local arena development.

Author(s): Scherer, J.
Publication: Sociology of Sport Journal
Volume: 33
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 39-53
External Link: http://journals.humankinetics.com/ssj-current-issue/ssj-volume-33-issue-1-march/resisting-the-world-class-city-community-opposition-and-the-politics-of-a-local-arena-development

The end of CBC Sports?

Author(s): Scherer, J.
External Link: http://www.aupress.ca/books/120244/ebook/04_Taras_Waddell_2016-How_Canadians_Communicate_V_Sports.pdf

Power plays and Olympic divisions: Bilingualism and the politics of Canadian viewing rights at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Author(s): Scherer, J., Harvey, J., & Hofman-Mourão, M.
Publication: Media, Culture & Society
External Link: http://mcs.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/03/08/0163443716635859.abstract

The uses of an inner-city sport-for-development program: Dispatches from the (real) creative class.

Author(s): Scherer, J., Koch, J., Holt, N.L.
Publication: Sociology of Sport Journal,
Volume: 33
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 185-198
External Link: http://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/pdf/10.1123/ssj.2015-0145