Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity and Anti-racism in Sport (IDEAS) Lab

Dr. Janelle Joseph is the founder and director of Canada's first research laboratory devoted to issues of race and movement cultures, the Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity and Anti-racism in Sport (IDEAS) Lab.

A leader in advancing social justice and anti-racism through physical culture research, the IDEAS Lab aspires to explore issues of Indigeneity, diaspora, equity and anti-racism in sport, including a wide range of global and local physical culture experiences. The IDEAS Lab is committed to transformational, theoretical and ethnographic research using critical race theory in sport and education. 


The IDEAS Lab:

  • Develops theory, knowledge translation and high impact programming relevant to anti-racism in sport, physical activity, education and leadership. 

  • Leverages academic and political work to lead sustainable systemic change and cultivate future research leaders in physical activity and decolonial praxis. 

  • Collaborates with equity-deserving individuals and community organizations to promote arts and movement-based pedagogies, professional development, and qualitative research.
  • Exposes racialized movement and education excellence, interlocking oppressions/privileges, and international networks that are the foundation for local success.


Canadian Sport Film Festival

November 2020

The IDEAS lab is co-sponsoring the Canadian premiere of the critically acclaimed documentary entitled 'a most beautiful thing'. Set in the west side of Chicago, the film chronicles the first African American rowing team and their decision to reunite and race again. IDEAS lab will engage students and the broader community in dialogues surrounding sport for development inclusive of race and racism. Learn more about the documentary.

Learning to Lead: Physical Cultures and Life Skills for Racialized Students

Launching January 2021 

This project aims to develop BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) women’s health and wellness. Through various pedagogies, the skills, content knowledge, and philosophies of physical activity, leadership, anti-black racism, white supremacy, and healthy relationships will be fused with movement activities. The overall purpose of the program is to develop more of an understanding of Caribbean rhythms, sensual and embodied self-expression, and African diasporic awareness. 

Sister Insiders

Sister Insiders is a coterie for BIPOC womxn to share ideas and learn. Dr. Janelle Joseph is offering a physical space for graduate students to connect, express themselves, learn from/about racialized scholars and also engage with some movement activities. The group meets once a month and is encouraged to participate in meaningful dialogue that enhances their overall academic pursuits. 

Diversity Moves Us

The IDEAS Lab works in partnership with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education’s Sport and Recreation Diversity and Equity team. This is a group of undergraduate and graduate students from across campus who plan, motivate and implement positive student-led initiatives that promote diversity, equity, inclusivity and physical/mental health. The team develops and implements events and projects related to sport and physical activity through student-staff-faculty partnerships. The IDEAS Lab assesses the meanings community members make from their participation.

Current Funded Research Projects

Reimagining Inclusion from the Margins: Transforming Sport Access and Equity, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) New Frontiers in Research Exploration Fund, $249,936

Enhancing Post-Secondary Access for Black, Indigenous and other Marginalized Youth through Embodied, Cultural and Community-Engaged Learning, University of Toronto Access Programs University Fund, $82,580

Experiences of Black Canadian Student Athletes, Coaches and Sport Administrators, Black Canadian Coaches Association, $40,000

Anti-racism in Ontario University Sport, Ontario University Athletics, $25,000

Black Physical Literacies: Anti‐Racism Movements and Education, Connaught New Researcher Award, $19,000 

Race, Racialization and Gender Equity in Sport, Gender Equity in Sport Research Hub Seed Grant, $18,000

Black Physical Literacies & Pedagogies: How do physical activity teachers communicate Afro-diasporic knowledge?, University of Toronto Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education Internal Grant, $10,000

Learning to Lead: Physical Cultures and Life Skills for Racialized Students, Women’s Athletic Association Trust, $2,500


Media Manager

  • Sabrina Razack, PhD candidate 

Lab Assistant:

  • Alyssa McQuaid, MFSc, MEd candidate

Research Assistants:

  •  Erika Bailey, MA   

  • Deniece Bell, MSc candidate

  • Sandy Carpenter, PhD 

  • Mark Corsetti, BKin

  • Viviane Gauthier, BKin

  • Hediyeh Karimian, MSW candidate 

  • Ellyn Kerr, MSc

  • Debra Kriger, PhD   

  • Kristin Mueller-Heaslip, MusBac     

  • LeRoi Newbold, MEd candidate

Recent Publications

Joseph, J. (2021). A Dance Flash Mob, Canadian Multiculturalism, and the Politics of Belonging. In B. Stolar, A. C. Lindgren, & C. Sacchetti (Eds.) Dance Lessons: Performing Cultural Diversity in Canada. Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier Press 

Joseph, J. (in press) Diasporas in Sport: Networks, Nostalgia and the Nuances of Dwelling. In J. Maguire, K. Liston & M. Falcous (Eds). Palgrave Handbook of Globalisation and Sport

Joseph, J. & Kriger, D. (in press) Towards a Decolonizing Kinesiology Ethics Model. Quest. 

Razack, S. & Joseph, J. (2020) Misogynoir in Women’s Sport Media: Race, Nation and Diaspora in the Representation of Naomi Osaka. Media, Culture and Society.

Joseph, J. (2017). Sport and the Black Atlantic: Cricket, Canada and the Caribbean diaspora. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. 

Joseph, J. & Falcous, M. (2017). Negotiating the ‘Kiwi Bloke’: Accessing mosaic masculinities through Afro-Brazilian sport in New Zealand Aotearoa. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2017.1380694

Joseph, J. & Crichlow, W. (Eds.) (2015). Alternative offender rehabilitation and social justice: Arts and physical engagement in criminal justice and community settings. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Joseph, J. (2014). Culture, community, consciousness: The Caribbean diaspora. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 49(6), 669-687.

Joseph, J. (2014). A narrative exploration of gender performances and gender relations in the Caribbean diaspora. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 22(2), 168-182. 

KPE Faculty

  • Assistant Professor, Critical Studies of Race & Indigeneity