International Relations October 2, 2020 - Wellbeing through leisure in times of pandemics



Bryan Smale, Ph.D.

Bryan Smale, Ph.D., is the Director of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing housed in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo (UW), a Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies with a cross-appointment to the Department of Geography and Environmental Management. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Western Ontario and both his Master’s and B.A. in Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo. He is currently a member of Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on Social Conditions, an Advisor to the Vanier Institute’s Canadian Family Well-Being Index, on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies (CALS), and Editor of Leisure/Loisir. His research focuses on the role of leisure in the wellbeing of individuals and communities, the spatial distribution and analysis of leisure in communities, time use allocation, and social indicators research. He was elected a Fellow to the Academy of Leisure Sciences in 2012. (CALS, Canada)

Anju Beniwal, Ph.D.

Anju Beniwal, Ph.D. in Sociology and Masters in Anthropology and Sociology, NET in Anthropology and Sociology and MBA (HRM). Presently serving as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Govt. Meera Girls College, Udaipur- Rajasthan (India). Her area of interest is Leisure Studies, Women issues and Tribal studies.She has nine books and more than fifty publications to her credit. She has been an active Member of the editorial/advisory/referee board of various International Journals and presented her views in more than fifty-fiveconferences, both in the country as well as abroad (Hungary, Japan, Vienna and Canada). She has been the Board Member of RC13 of the ISA and editor of “Global Leisure and the Struggle for a Better World” and “Positive Sociology of Leisure Contemporary Perspectives” published from Palgrave, UK. She is a Reviewerand an Associate Editor of International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure (IJSL). She has contributed to several social activities carried out at Regional and National Level. She is a vibrant member of various learned bodies-ISA, LSA, ISS, IPSA, NWISA, ISTD, Ethnographic & Folk Culture Society, Yale University Art Gallery, etc. She is an Academic Counselor in IGNOU, New Delhi. She did Speech Video Presentation in International Conference held at Harbin Engineering University, China. (RC13, India).

Linda L. Caldwell, Ph.D.

Linda L. Caldwell, Ph.D., holds the rank of Distinguished Professor Emerita at The Pennsylvania State University. Linda also serves as an “extraordinary professor” at the University of the Western Cape (Community and Health Sciences) in South Africa and has served as a guest professor at the University of Iceland (Leisure Studies Program) from 2016-18. During the academic year 2018-19 Linda worked with a colleague in the Psychology Department at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal to better understand leisure boredom among Portuguese youth as part of her Fulbright Scholarship.

Linda’s research focuses primarily on leisure interventions and programs that develop youth and young adult competencies, promote healthy lifestyles, and reduce risky behavior. She is the co-developer of two interventions that focus on preventing adolescent risk behavior through the positive use of free time: TimeWise: Taking Charge of Leisure Time and HealthWise South Africa: Life Skills for Young Adults. She continues to work with a colleague at the University of Malaysia, Sarawak, on modifying the TimeWise program for use in Eastern Malaysia. Her primary funding came from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. She is a co-editor (with Peter Witt) of Youth Development Principles and Practices in Out-of-School Time Settings (2nd ed.). Although still active academically, she is enjoying a lot of leisure in her retirement, including kayaking, hiking, photography, and gelli-plate printing. (TALS, USA).

Louise Mansfield, Ph.D

Louise Mansfield, Ph.D, is Professor of Sport, Health and Social Sciences in the Institute for Environment, Health and Societies and lead for research in Welfare, Health and Wellbeing at Brunel University London, UK. Her research focuses on the relationship between communities, sport, physical activity and public health. She has extensive expertise in partnership and community approaches to physical activity and issues of health, wellbeing, inequality and diversity. Louise has over 10 years’ experience of leading research projects for sport and public health organisations in the UK including the Department of Health, Youth Sport Trust, Sport Scotland, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, Macmillan Cancer Support, Public Health England and Sport England. Louise has published widely in academic journals on the sociology of sport, leisure, and public health and is known for developing evidence to inform policy and practice. She is Associate Director of the ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Training Programme; a partnership between Brunel University London, Oxford University and the Open University. (LSA, England)

Teresa Freire, PhD

Teresa Freire, PhD in Psychology from the University of Minho, Assistant Professor at the School of Psychology at the University of Minho, Department of Applied Psychology, being an effective member of the Psychology Research Center (CIPSI), where she coordinates the Research Team on Positive Development and Optimal Functioning, supervising several master's and doctoral theses. She teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level, chairs the Psychology Association of the University of Minho (APsi-UM), and performs consultation with children and adolescents, coordinating the implementation of group intervention programs to promote positive development and well-being of children and adolescents. She is the scientific coordinator of the Peer Tutoring and Mentoring Project at the University of Minho. In the World leisure Organization she is the chair of the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Leisure and Well-Being. She is author and co-author of several national and international publications of books, chapters, and scientific articles. (WLO, Portugal)

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