Due to concerns regarding Covid-19 and to protect the health of delegates, organisers and staff we have made the difficult decision to postpone QRSE2020 due to be held at Durham University in July. We hope to reschedule the event next year. Stay safe friends and colleagues. We will be providing more updates very soon. Watch this space and twitter @qrse2020 @qrsesoc

The International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise was established by Professor David Gilbourne. The first 3 conferences were held over a 15 year period in Liverpool (twice) and Roehampton, UK. Following the retirement of Professor Gilbourne, the conference moved in 2014 to Loughborough University and was chaired by Professor Brett Smith and Dr Toni Williams. Launched as a biennial event, in 2016 the conference was hosted by Chichester University, chaired by Dr Melissa Day.


In recognition of the growing presence of scholars from around the globe, and desire of scholars from different countries to host the conference, the biennial event moved outside of the UK to Canada in 2018. Chaired by Dr Andrea Bundon at the University of British Columbia, the scale, vibrancy, and vivacity of the conference established it as an important event for researchers interested in qualitative research, sport and exercise to gather. It is now recognised as a vital conference for PhD students and academics at all stages of their career to showcase their qualitative research, connect, and engage in multi-disciplinary dialogues.


We are pleased to announce that in 2020 Durham University and its Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences will host the 7th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise.

The Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University is delighted to be hosting the 7th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise from 7th – 9th July, 2020. Pre-conference workshops will take place on 6th July.

On behalf of the organising committee, we warmly welcome you to Durham – a World Top 100 University. The city is home to one of the most recognisable landmarks in the UK, majestic Durham Cathedral. Together, with the adjacent Durham Castle, this UNESCO World Heritage Site forms one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe.

Once again, this conference promises to showcase qualitative research from diverse disciplines including sport and exercise psychology, the sociology of sport, coaching, pedagogy, history, anthropology, sport management, and health promotion.

We are thrilled that the Keynote speakers for the 2020 conference will be Professors Nick Holt, Emmanuelle Tulle and Ben Carrington – each chosen for their strong record as thought-leaders in our fields and for their ongoing commitment to pushing us forward while making sure our foundations are strong.

We look forward to the return of past delegates from around the world and the opportunity to welcome new faces as we gather together to learn, share knowledge, and continue building our community.



Dr Cassandra Phoenix (Durham University)


Dr Andrea Bundon (University of British Columbia)

Dr Shaunna Burke (University of Leeds)

Natalie Connor (Durham University)

Professor Kerry McGannon (Laurentian University)

Dr AJ Rankin-Wright (Durham University)

Ben Rigby (Durham University)

Dr Martin Roderick (Durham University)

Professor Brett Smith (Durham University)

Dr Toni Williams (Leeds Beckett University)


Main conference:

July 7th – 9th, 2020


Pre-conference workshops (these are an optional add on):

July 6th (afternoon), July 7th (early morning), 2020


Call for papers opened:

September 1st, 2019


Deadline for submitting an abstract:

January 17th, 2020.


Notifications of abstract outcome sent to delegates by:

Mid-February, 2020

Early bird registration deadline:

May 1st, 2020


Withdrawal of papers where presenting author is not registered:

May 15th, 2020


Registration closes:

June 21st, 2020


The QRSE 2020 conference organising committee can be contacted at:

If you would you to host the conference in the future please send initial expressions of interest to the Conference Officer (see the executive board on the ‘About’ page for contact details). If also you are interested in hosting a QRSE workshop, or have ideas for QRSE meetings separate from the main conference, please send expressions of interest to the Conference Officer.

  • Twitter Social Icon

© 2020 by Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise

Site designed by