Sport, Individual & Society
The primary research aim of the unit lies in sport promotion. The unit therefore focuses upon ensuring meaningful experiences of being active, together with creating opportunities that can accommodate vulnerable target groups so that the general population increases its participation in physical activity.
We examine, develop and implement a variety of movement cultures, as well as informing partners, stakeholders and participants about their benefits. Our research contributes to the wider understanding about the significance of sport and exercise over time and to create a basis for visionary possibilities in the future. We emphasize both the broader health aspects of sport and exercise, as well as the potential for sport to engender amusement, pleasure, and personal freedom.
We work toward the development of socially inclusive communities and equality for all in sport and exercise. We do this via the application of a problem oriented approach with significant impact that can make a positive difference for the general public, including all demographic and age groups.
The overall aim of this cluster is to create knowledge about what is important for both the amount of physical activity and the experience and lessons learned from them among children and young people, and not least how and why it matters.
The research has two main focuses: 1) how important social, cultural and psychological factors have on children and young people's movement activity, and how they are related. 2) What impact various movement activities have or psychological and social factors such as learning, well-being, motivation, social relationships, citizenship and inclusion.
This cluster studies health as a social and cultural phenomenon at the macro, meso and micro level. This means we are both researching health and sports policy in how different organizations and institutions working with health and sport, as well as how health interventions with sport / exercise designed and implemented in everyday life contexts: work place, family, sports clubs, health centres, schools, residential and recreational areas as well in rural areas as in the city.
Embodiment, Learning and Social Change aims to analyse, document and create processes of change in relation to body, learning and social development in diverse contexts. We illustrate the body and the importance of movement for joy, learning, community, identity development and professional competence.
The subject is anchored in a holistic understanding of the body, which includes the physical, emotional, social and cultural development dimensions of the bodily learning.