Danielle Peers, PhD, MA, BA

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

Pronouns: they/them


Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
2-131 University Hall
8840 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J9


Area of Study / Keywords

critical disability studies adapted physical activity sport sociology


I am currently a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Disability and Movement Cultures. I am also the Co-director of the Just Movements CreateSpace and Co-PI of the Re-Creation Collective.


PhD (Physical Education & Recreation), University of Alberta, 2015

MA (Physical Education & Recreation), University of Alberta, 2009

BA, with Distinction (Sociology & History), University of Alberta, 2001


  • Currently a Canada Research Chair in Disability and Movement Cultures (SSHRC, Tier II) and a Killiam Laureate (Accelerator Award).
  • Alongside traditional academic publications, Peers also does research-creation and arts-based research, through dance/performance art and film. An example is the award-winning short dance on film, Inclinations: http://www.daniellepeers.com/inclinations.html
  • Completed Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal (2016), focusing on research-creation methods in critical disability studies. Completed their Phd and Masters at the University of Alberta, working from the Sociocultural and Adapted Physical Activity areas, respectively.
  • Peers previously competed as a Paralympic Athlete in wheelchair basketball (2002-2007), winning a bronze Paralympic medal and a world Championship. They also competed on several professional-level men’s teams. Further, they coached both wheelchair basketball and “stand up” basketball from local to elite levels (1993 – 2012), including assistant coaching at MacEwan University and program coaching for Wheelchair Basketball Canada.


Dr. Peers’ work bridges three fields: adapted physical activity, socio-cultural sport and movement studies, and critical disability studies. Most of their research comes from poststructuralist and intersectonal, disability justice perspectives. Danielle's past research includes work on the Paralympic Movement, disability sport, disability/crip art, the creation of disabled subjectivity, equity and inclusion policies and practices in sport and recreation, and policies around physical fitness and disability in relation to gender and race. Further, they publish often on methodological and ethical challenges within their fields.

Dr. Peers has worked with various methods including: genealogy, auto-ethnography, interviews, discourse analysis. They also work with various art-based research-creation methods involving video, creative movement, and creative writing.

Dr. Peers is currently pursuing three primary research interests. 

1. What are current practices and policies of organized disability sport in Canada that enable or constrain the meaningful participation of a wide range of people who experience disability?

2. What is the relationship of disability sport practices, policies and forms of representation to larger social justice issues around disability as well as other forms of marginalization?

3. What kind of new practices are “crip” and other disability-related movement communities inventing in order to enable broader meaningful participation and flourishing? How can we better recognize, share, and incubate these practices?

Publication list below is not fully updated. For full list of publications, see most recent CV or Google Scholar.


I teach in the areas of qualitative methodologies, adapted physical activity, sports sociology, and critical disability studies. 

I often guest lecture on topics related to critical disability studies, crip art and activism, as well as arts based and autoethnographic methods.


I have a limited number of graduate student openings, I only supervise students who are using a social science or humanities lens - not a science or medical one. If you are interested in working with me, please specify in your email how much training/experience you have had in sociology, political theory, philosophy, critical disability studies or related sociocultural fields. Also specify how your project will take a sociocultural approach. Also please specify how your desired project connects with Dr. Peers' research.

Featured Publications

Eales, L., Peers, D.

Journal of Lesbian Studies. 2021 June; 25 (3):163-181 10.1080/10894160.2020.1778849

Sport and social movements by and for disability and deaf communities: Important differences in self-determination, politicisation, and activism

Peers, D.

. In I. Brittain & A. Beacom (Eds.) Palgrave Handbook of Paralympic Studies (pp. 71-97). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.. 2018 January;

Lindsay Eales, Danielle Peers

Quest. 2017 January; 68

Danielle Peers, Nancy Spencer-Cavaliere, Lindsay Eales

Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. 2014 January; 31

Peers, Danielle

Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. 2012 January; 4 (2):175-188

Danielle Peers

Journal of Sport and Social Issues. 2012 January; 36 (3):295-316

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