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 will:

  • Develop theory, knowledge translation and high impact programming relevant to anti-racism in sport, physical activity, education and leadership. 
  • Leverage academic and political work to lead sustainable systemic change and cultivate future research leaders in physical activity and decolonial praxis. 
  • Collaborate with equity-seeking individuals and community organizations to promote arts and movement-based pedagogies, professional development and qualitative research that exposes excellence, interlocking opressions and privileges and international networks.

Current Funded Research Projects

Anti-racism in Ontario University Sport (July 2020-August 2021), Ontario University Athletics, $10,000 Experiences of Black Canadian Student Athletes, Coaches and Sport Administrators (July 2020-August 2021), Black Canadian Coaches Association, $24,000

Black Physical Literacies: Anti‐Racism Movements and Education (June 2-2020 - May 31, 2022), Connaught New Researcher Award, $19,000

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 (waiting for decision)

Race, Racialization and Gender Equity in Sport (March 1, 2020-November 20, 2020), Gender Equity in Sport Research Hub Seed Grant, $18,000

Learning to Lead: Physical Cultures and Life Skills for Racialized Students (May 6, 2020-March 31, 2021), Women’s Athletic Association Trust, $2,500

Black Physical Literacies & Pedagogies: How do physical activity teachers communicate Afro-diasporic knowledge? (December 2019-December 31, 2020), University of Toronto Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education Internal Grant, $10,000

Reimagining Inclusion from the Margins: Transforming Sport Access and Equity, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) New Frontiers in Research Exploration Fund May 1, 2019-April 30 2022), $249,936

Recent Publications

Joseph, J. & Kerr, E. (under review) Embodied Learning: Sport Training as a Model for Somatics-inclusive Equitable Education. Somatechnics.  

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

Razack, S. & Joseph, J. (under review) 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 

Almeida, M., Joseph, J., Palma, A. & Jorge Soares, A. (2013).  Marketing Strategies within an African Brazilian martial art.  Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 16(10), 1346-1359.

Joseph, J. (2013). What should I reveal?: Expanding researcher reflexivity in ethnographic research. Sport History Review, 44(1), 6-24.

Joseph, J., Darnell, S., & Nakamura, Y. (Eds.) (2012). Race and sport in Canada: Intersecting inequalities. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press (Forward by Rinaldo Walcott).

KPE Faculty

  • Assistant Professor, Critical Studies of Race & Indigeneity