ICSSD aims to establish an inter- and multidisciplinary research and service programme with regular research colloquia, international conferences, exchange and collaboration and produce knowledge in the field through research output in peer-reviewed academic publications and conference presentations. ICSSD intends to build-up evidence on sport and development initiatives which utilize sport as a tool for development, health, well-being and social change. In doing so, ICSSD aims to build up research collaborations and networks within the health sciences disciplines and the government, non-government, private, and educational sectors.

Research areas:

  • Sport, community development and peace
  • Sport development and athletic performance
  • Social transformation and conflict reconciliation
  • Youth
  • Gender
  • Health and wellbeing/wellness
  • Sport and HIV/AIDS
  • Sport and the environment
  • Sport and Mental Health

International Research Working Group on Sport, Development and Peace

The International Research Working Group on Sport, Development and Peace is hosted by ICSSD and takes place once a week. Student research projects from the Post-Graduate Diploma and the Masters Programme are discussed and prepared for ethics submission.

ICSSD hosts Post-Graduate support for students completing Honours, Masters, PhD and PGDip courses within the Department of Sport, Recreation and Health Sciences, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

The Research Working Group aims to discuss relevant research topics, unpack challenges in research activities, exchange knowledge and ideas as they relate to sport for development and create a space for mutual support and academic development.

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