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

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

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The IDEAS Research Lab is devoted to leading sustainable, decolonizing, systemic change and cultivate future leaders in physical activity and research. Our research is focused on evaluating high impact programming relevant to anti-racism in sport, dance, physical activity, education and leadership. We aim to expose Black excellence, interlocking oppressions and privileges, and transnational networks.

ReseArch Reports 

A research study led by Dr. Janelle Joseph and the Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity, and Anti-racism in Sport (IDEAS) Research Lab to discover the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) racial demographics, experiences and knowledge of racism, and tools for change.



Exploring Difference

This year’s conference, organized by Bureau Kensington, explores the following questions using movement: How do we make collective sense of ourselves as colonizer and colonized and describe the impact on our bodies and daily lives? What opens up our tendency to rigidity in how we see and understand one another by ignoring the complexity of multiple identities that exist within each of us?

Learning to Lead

This project, funded by the Women's Athletic Association Trust, aims to develop BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) womxn’s health and wellness. Through various pedagogies, students learn physical skills, cultural philosophies, leadership techniques, anti- racism, white supremacy, and healthy relationships. 

Sister Insiders

Sister Insiders is a coterie for BIPOC womxn to share ideas and learn. Dr. Janelle Joseph offers a physical/virtual space for graduate students to connect, express themselves, learn from/about racialized scholars and also engage with some movement activities to enhance 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. Through student-staff-faculty partnerships initiatives that promote anti-racism, inclusivity and physical/mental health are promoted to the campus and broader communities. The IDEAS Lab assesses the meanings community members make from their participation.

SELECTED Funded Research Projects

Principal Investigator, Anti-Black Racism and Equity Efforts in Canadian Inter-university Sport, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant $75,000

Principal Investigator, Movement as Health and Healing: Documenting the Sporting Experiences of Black Women, Girl, and Non-binary Athletes and Physical Educators in Canada, Gender Equity in Sport Research Hub Seed Grant $20,000

Co-Investigator, A People's History of Sport in Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant, $192,626

Co-Director, 'So what do we do now?': Moving intersectionality from academic theory to recreation-based praxis, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Race, Diversity, Gender Initiative $450,000



Lab Coordinator:

  • Kaleigh Ferdinand Pennock, PhD For lab inquiries please contact: 

Media Manager & Lead Research Assistant

  • Sabrina Razack, PhD candidate 

Research Assistants  (Last name, alphabetical):

  • Naomi Bain, BA
  • Deniece Bell, MSc candidate
  • Erika Bailey, MA  , MAL 
  • Devin Bonk, PhD candidate
  • Shalom Brown, MSc candidate
  • Asma Khalil, PhD candidate 
  • Jasmine Lew, BSc candidate 
  • Alex McKenzie, MHK
  • Braeden Mckenzie, PhD candidate 
  • Saidur Rahman, PhD student


  • Deniece Bell (MSc) expected graduation 2023
  • Shalom Brown (MSc) expected graduation 2023
  • Jasmine Lew (MSc) expected graduation 2024
  • Saidur Rahman (PhD) expected graduation 2024
  • Zeana Hamdonah (PhD) expected graduation 2025

SELECTED Recent Publications

Joseph, J. & McKenzie, A.I. (2022). Black Women Coaches in Community: Promising Practices for Mentorship in CanadaFront. Sports Act. Living

McGuire-Adams, T., Joseph, J., Peers, D., Eales, L., Bridel, W., Chen, C., Hamdon, E., & Kingsley, B. (2022). Awakening to Elsewheres: Collectively Restorying Embodied Experiences of (Be)longing, Sociology of Sport Journal

Joseph, J. & Kriger, D. (2021). Toward a Decolonizing Kinesiology Ethics Model. Quest 1-17,

Joseph, J. & Kerr, E. (2021). Assemblages and Co-emergent Corpomaterialities in Postsecondary Education: Pedagogical Lessons from Somatic Psychology and Physical Cultures, Somatechnics, 11(3), 413-431. DOI: 10.3366/soma.2021.0368/

Joseph, J., Williams, B., & Lewis, T. (2021). The Exploring Difference Workshop: Adapting group relations to explore questions of difference and antiracism in Toronto, Canada. Organizational and Social Dynamics 21(1), 40-55. 

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. 43(2), 291-308.  10.1177/0163443720960919



KPE Faculty

  • Assistant Professor, Critical Studies of Race & Indigeneity
  • Founder and Director, IDEAS (Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity and Anti-Racism in Sport) Research Lab