Mitch is fourth-year as a PhD student in Kinesiology and Health Sciences studying under the advisory of Dr. Lyndsay Hayhurst and co-supervised by Dr. Parissa Safai. Prior to his studies at York, he completed his MA in Applied Health Sciences (specialization: sport management) at Brock University under the advisory of Dr. Lisa Kikulis, in which he critically explored the institutional work of a local Swaziland sport-for-development organization.
Emerald is a second year MA candidate in Kinesiology and Health Studies at York University. Her research interests explore the intersections of sport for development, community health and postcolonial feminism within the Philippines.
Jessica is a first year MA student interested in critical race theory and critical Indigenous theory. She hopes to combine her passions for health, education, and social justice within her research. She completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto.
Julia is a first year MSc student in Kinesiology and Health Sciences, studying under advisor Dr. Lyndsay Hayhurst. Prior to her studies at York University, she completed her BSc in Honours Health Sciences with minors in Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. In her last year of study, she critically evaluated the socio-cultural barriers and legal restraints that prevent same sex couples accessing Assisted Human Reproduction Services in Ontario, Canada under advisor Dr. Todd Coleman in her senior undergraduate thesis.
Her research interests include exploring the development and empowerment of marginalized groups, sport and physical activity as they relate to healthcare and social and economic marginalization, and how race, class, and gender impact patients’ clinical outcomes. Julia approaches critical issues in health by integrating social and biomedical perspectives and moving toward a cell-to-society approach to applied health research.
Kelvin received his MA in 2019. His research explored the roles of Sport for Development (SDP) stakeholders in Norway on SDP policy development, implementation and evaluation, in addition to the ways in which SDP programmes are taken up, resisted, and/or reshaped at the local level. He pursued a graduate exchange to the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences during his data collection. Kelvin has co-authored several publications, including in Sport Management Review; and presented his work at a number of international and national conferences, including the International Sociological Association. Overall, his studies are situated at the intersection of his passion for social justice and the sport of judo, and he aspires to continue to take part in the ongoing discussion of the inclusion of sport in the realm of international development.