Lisa McDermott, PhD

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


Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
(780) 492-1025
2-130E University Hall
8840 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J9



PhD (Leisure, Sport and Culture), Leeds Metropolitan University, 1998
MA (Physical Education), Queen’s University, 1990
BPE (Physical Education), McMaster University, 1987


My research interests focus on critically examining both discursive constructions and embodied experiences of women and children’s physical activity, health, and leisure practices. Methodologically I locate my work at the qualitative end of the research spectrum specifically in terms of in-depth interviews, participant observation, and textual analyses that take Foucaultian and feminist approaches. 

Current Research:

1) Media discourse analysis of online newsreader comments about Canadian children’s physical activity habits. 

2) A SSHRC-funded project examining historical (1834-1948) Hawaiian-language newspapers to understand the contact point between Kanaka Maoli (i.e., Indigenous Hawaiians) holistic practices and American missionaries’ imposition of 19th Century Westernized leisure discourse. 


KSRLS 304 Advanced Sociology of Sport and Leisure
HEED 320 Social Dimensions of Health Promotion
KSRLS 506 Sociocultural Perspectives on the Body and Health


HE ED 320 - Social Dimensions of Health and Health Promotion

An examination of contemporary, social, political and economic factors as they affect health and well-being, with a particular focus on understanding the social determinants of health.

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
KRLS 304 - Advanced Sociology of Sport and Leisure

Building on introductory sociological concepts from KRLS 104 and historical foundations from KRLS 204, the course focuses on developing a critical understanding of the power relations operating through contemporary social and cultural processes that shape the body, sport and leisure, such as colonialism, consumer culture, globalization and neo-liberalism. Prerequisites: KRLS 104 and 204. Credit will be granted for only one of KRLS 304 or PERLS 304.

Winter Term 2021

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