Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies
April 2017 Newsletter
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2017 ANZALS Conference – Hobart Tasmania – 4 – 7 December

ANZALS is delighted to announce the first call for papers for the 2017 ANZALS conference to be held in Hobart, on Australia’s scenic southern Island, from 4-7 December 2017. We are delighted to welcome all ANZALS members to Hobart. Please share this information with your colleagues and your association networks.

There will be a PhD student session on 4 December and scholarships will be available for students.

The conference promises to deliver an outstanding academic and social program. The ANZALS 2017 theme is “Leisure as an agent for social change”. The Organising Committee welcomes papers, via a number of sub-themes:

• Health and leisure – Intersections, contestations and collaborations;
• Sport and development: agent of change;
• Cultural tourism;
• Humans, animals, leisure and social change;
• Tourism for social change;
• Arts, leisure and social capital;
• Leisure management and facilities; and
• Other topics that relate to the conference theme

Confirmed keynote speakers include Professor Simon Darcy, School of Management, University of Technology Sydney Business School; and Professor Can Seng Ooi, Professor of Cultural Tourism at the University of Tasmania. Other speaker announcements will be made in due course.

Abstracts are encouraged which address the sub-themes of the conference.

Abstracts are due by 31 May 2017. Please send the abstracts to
Please follow the guidelines below when submitting your abstract:

• Abstracts should be 250-350 words,
• Use Arial 12,
• Provide the full title of paper as it will appear in the conference programme (In bold),
• Include a list of authors, First Name, Surname and Institutional affiliation (In italics),
• In the abstract main body, include the background (outline of the context and/or academic literature informing the research), your approach (indication of the broad theoretical orientation and/or methodological approach) and the significance of your research (description and application of the original research findings reported in the paper), and
• State which conference sub-theme the paper is aimed.
In addition, please include a 150-word biography of the author/s intending to present at the conference. Further details on the conference and its theme can be found via this link on the ANZALS 2017 website:
We hope to welcome you in Hobart, Australia in 2017.
Clayton Hawkins and Hazel Maxwell

ANZALS 2017 Conference stream contacts

For more information about the streams please contact the following stream leads:

1. Arts, Leisure and Social capital – Hazel Maxwell on
2. Cultural tourism – Can Seng Ooi or
3. Health and Leisure - Intersections, Contestations and Collaborations - Richard McGrath
4. Humans, Animals, Leisure and Social Change – Jeanette Young on
5. Leisure Facilities and Management – John Towers -
6. Sport and Development: Agent of Change – Ruth Jeanes at
7. Tourism for social change – Jen Evans at

ANZALS Student Research Workshop 2017

Research students and mentors will work together to develop research skills in leisure related fields.

The workshop will be held on Monday 4th December for ½ a day from 1.00pm – 5.00pm.

The aim of the workshop is to provide PhD research students with a mentor to comment and work on an aspect of their PhD either a candidature proposal, portion of a chapter, or a publication draft. Once students have enrolled into the workshop, Katie McDonald will get in touch with them to find out their area of interest so that a mentor can be found for them. The workshop participants are also asked to send some writing intended for publication, 5,000-6,000 words of a chapter or a candidature proposal. The workshop includes a networking session; a mentor writing session; discussions with a journal editor and grant writing.

Katie McDonald
Student Representative (ANZALS)


Annals of Leisure Research publication contract with Taylor and Francis


ANZALS has recently signed a new contract with Taylor and Francis for the publication of our journal. ALR’s editorial team have done a great job of raising the profile of the journal over the last few years. The new contract with T & F increases the number of editions to five per year and an improved arrangement regarding publication royalties to ANZALS.

These improvements were achieved without any increased costs to provide e-copies of the journal to ANZALS members. Members are reminded that their access to the journal via their ANZALS membership is only for their private use and is not to be made available to any other person, is not a substitute for other subscription, is not to be networked to any other site or posted to a library or public website.


A hearty welcome to 2017 to all our members! This year, we have two initiatives planned for our members:

1. The inclusion of a 'Resources' page in the Members Only section of the ANZALS website, where we will post useful websites, blogs, Twitter accounts and the like. Some will be leisure-related, some will be professional development-related and others will be directed at PhD and early career academics. If you have anything you've found helpful, no matter what your career stage, please email us and we'll include it!

2. A survey of all members (and anyone else you would like to share it with) to determine how we can stay relevant and best meet your needs as an Association. Keep an eye on your inboxes in the second half of the year...

And speaking of inboxes, if you would like to update your contact email at any time, please just let us know - we know some of you might have changed affiliations at this time of year and therefore have new email addresses.

Yours in leisure,
Ruth Sibson (Memberships Officer) and Trudie Walters (Engagement Officer)

ANZALS and SMAANZ sign Memorandum of Understanding

A MoU was recently signed between ANZALS and SMAANZ to facilitate opportunities for collaboration, networking and cross-disciplinary engagement between our organisations. It is intended that the collaboration will strengthen research cultures, inform teaching and learning development and broaden potential local and international links to policy and industry developments.
Member benefits include:
• involvement with both organisations’ special interest groups,
• sharing of web information to promote association activities, and
• Invitation to attend each association’s workshops, symposia and seminars.

Clare Hanlon and John Tower sign the ANZALS and SMAANZ MoU.

ANZALS Partnerships

A key action identified by members at the 2015 ANZALS Biennial conference was the need to seek out and develop partnerships with other organisations. This has become an action item for the Board and has culminated in a number of new partnerships being formalised over the summer period. This has included Memorandum of Understandings (MoU’s) with the Academy of Leisure Sciences (TALS) in the US, the Leisure & Recreation Association of South Africa (LARASA), the (ATLAS). MoU’s have been re-established with Association for Tourism and Leisure Education Parks & Leisure Australia (PLA) and Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ). In addition, an MoU is currently being developed with the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies (CALS) as well as re-establishing an MoU with and the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE).

ANZALS seeks to work with other kindred organisations to promote research and scholarship in the areas of leisure, sport, recreation, tourism and hospitality studies. The establishment of MoU’s aims to facilitate opportunities for collaboration, networking and cross-disciplinary engagement between organisations for mutual benefit. Through greater collaboration, ANZALS seeks to strengthen research cultures, inform teaching and learning development and broaden potential international links to policy and industry developments. Copies of formalised MoU’s can be found on the ANZALS website.

Journal Rankings

The QS rankings now include a category Hospitality and Leisure Management and wondered if it would be worth noting that. The NZ universities have also put out a press release about the rankings here:

I know a lot of people are very sceptical of this ranking system and whether they have any meaning at all, so given that I don't know if we want to mention which Aus/NZ universities are ranked in this category or not, but I suppose I just thought it would be good to acknowledge that there is a ranking category that includes the word "leisure".
Roslyn Kerr
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