Danielle Peers, PhD, MA, BA
Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
2-131 University Hall
8840 - 114 St NWEdmonton ABT6G 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.
Disability-affirming practice requires an engagement with knowledges produced by thinkers and leaders who experience disability, as well as an understanding of the immense diversity of disability experience. Course participants will learn about how scholars, activists, and self-advocacy leaders who self-identify as Deaf, disabled, Mad, sick, and neurodivergent conceptualize their own bodies, minds, lives, and physical activities of meaning. Emphasis will be placed on how disabled and neurodivergent people's lives are always impacted by equity issues relating to culture, religion, Indigeneity, race, gender, sexuality, newcomer status, class, and caste.
Disability-affirming practice requires an engagement with knowledges produced by thinkers and leaders who experience disability, as well as an understanding of the immense diversity of disability experience. Course participants will learn about how scholars, activists, and self-advocacy leaders who self-identify as Deaf, disabled, Mad, sick, and neurodivergent conceptualize their own bodies, minds, lives, and physical activities of meaning. Emphasis will be placed on how disabled and neurodivergent people's lives are always impacted by equity issues relating to culture, religion, Indigeneity, race, gender, sexuality, newcomer status, class, and caste. Sections offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar.
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
. 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
Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. 2012 January; 4 (2):175-188
Journal of Sport and Social Issues. 2012 January; 36 (3):295-316
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