MQ Safety Net: Diversity and Pickup Sport: Marginality, Inclusion and the Urban Commons

Project: Research

Project Details


This project investigates how the social and spatial processes of informal ‘pickup sport’ influence modes of interaction and exclusion in global cities with large migrant populations. While organised club sport is linked to social capital, health, and inclusion for people of different class and cultural backgrounds, little is known about the role of informal team sport. Shared public space, urban density, social networks and sporting cultures are the mediating ground on which this occurs. Linking scholarship on sport, multiculturalism and urban sociology, the comparative method will offer new insights for urban liveability. Benefits include policy-relevant findings for sporting bodies, city planners, local government and community sector.
Effective start/end date1/01/1931/12/21