Laura Misener, PhD

Laura Misener

Acting Director and
Associate Professor

Room 3R08B, AHB
519 661-2111 x86000


  • PhD (Alberta)
  • MHK (Windsor)
  • BHK (McMaster)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Management and Leadership
  • Sociocultural Studies

Research Interests

  • Social Impact of Sport and Events
  • Disability Sport and Paralympic Games
  • Physical activity and sport policy analysis
  • Intersections of sport, physical activity, and health promotion

Additional Information

Recent Publications

  • Misener, L., McGillivray, D., McPherson, G., & Legg, D. (2016).. Examining Parasport Events through the lens of Critical Disability Studies. In I. Lamond (Eds), Critical Event Studies.  London, UK: Palgrave Publishing.
  • Misener, L. & Wasser, K. (2016). International sports development. In, E. Sherry, N. Schulenkorf, and P. Phillips (Eds.), Managing Sport Development. London: Routledge. 
  • McPherson, G., O’Donnell, H., Misener, L., & McGillivray, D. (2016). Home Grown Heroes or Superstars? Media Representation of Parasport at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Disability & Society, 31(5), 659-675. doi:10.1080/09687599.2016.1197823
  • Misener, L. & Schulenkorf, N. (2016). Rethinking the Social Value of Sport Events Through an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Perspective. Journal of Sport Management, 30(3), 329-340.
  • Misener, L., McGillivray, D., McPherson, G., & Legg, D. (2015). Leveraging parasport events for sustainable community participation: The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Annals of Leisure Research. doi: 10.1080/11745398.2015.1045913. 
  • Rich, K. & Misener, L., & Dubeau, D. (2015). “Community Cup: We are a Big Family” Examining the Integrative Potential a Participatory Sport Event for Newcomers to Canada. Social Inclusion. do:
  • Misener, L., Taks, M., Chalip, L., & Green, B. C. (2015). Exploring the impact of sport events on sustainable sport participation outcomes in local communities. Managing Leisure, 20(2), 135-156.
  • Misener, L. (2015). Leveraging parasport events for community participation: Development of a theoretical framework. European Sport Management Quarterly, 15(1), 132-153. doi: 10.1080/16184742.2014.997773
  • Clark, R. & Misener, L. (2015). Understanding urban development through a sport events portfolio: A case study of London, Ontario. Journal of Sport Management, 19, 11-26.  doi: 10.1123/jsm.2013-0259

Research Affiliations

  • Sport Management at Western
  • North American Society for Sport Management - Member-at Large
  • North American Society for Sport Sociology
  • European Association for Sport Management
  • Leisure Studies Association

Teaching Areas

  • Sport Management
  • Sport-for-development


Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, Leisure Science
  • 2016 Guest Editor, Special Issue on Blurring Sector Boundaries & New Organizational Forms: Journal of Sport Management
  • 2014 Guest Editor, Special Issue on Managing Disability Sport: Sport Management Review (Volume 17, 2014)
  • Member, Ontario Parasport Legacy Planning Committee
  • Member International Paralympic Committee Impacts Research Group
  • Chair, Sport Matters ‘Sport for Development’ Think Tank

Ongoing Funded Projects

  • Shoemaker, K., Misener, L. et al. (2016-2019). Smart Healthy Campus. Western Interdisciplinary Development Initiative. (Value $200,000)
  • Taks, M., Misener, L., Chalip, L., & Green, C. (2016-2019). Building Capacity for Sport Participation through Events. SSHRC/Sport Canada (Value $134,000)
  • Misener, L., McPherson, G., & Legg, D. (2015-2017). Leveraging Parasport Events for Sustainable Community Participation. SSHRC/Sport Canada (Value $143,000)