Jay Scherer is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta, where he has taught a variety of sociology of sport courses over the past 15 years. His research interests include the political debates over the construction of publicly financed major league sports facilities and entertainment districts, and the uneven impacts of these developments on pre-existing community members. Jay is an avid fiction reader and music listener; he enjoys being active on bikes and skis in Edmonton’s river valley with family and friends.
Dr. Judy Davidson is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include queer and feminist approaches to sport and leisure phenomena. She has published on homonationalism, the international LGBT sport movement, and arena gentrification projects as forms of settler colonialism. She is an avid skier, mountain biker and hiker.
Rylan Kafara is a Ph.D candidate in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. He holds a BA and MA in history, and is a community-based researcher and ethnographer. His current research focuses on how leisure practices challenge and transform conventional notions of urban marginality. Specifically, he examines how forms of creativity, recreation, and community support are used by city-centre residents to navigate the challenges of houselessness in spaces ranging from organized sports to unsanctioned encampments. Rylan also co-hosts a weekly punk radio show and a podcast on leisure and gentrification. Whenever possible, he can be found at the nearest swimming pool.