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. 


The IDEAS Lab:

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


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.

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

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

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 Liberatory Physical Education, UofT’s School of Cities Anti-Black Racism/Black Lives Fund, $10,000

Anti-racism in South Western Ontario University Sport, University of Toronto Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education Internal Grant, $10,000

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 & Lead Research Assistant

  • Sabrina Razack, PhD candidate 

Lab Assistant:

  • Alyssa McQuaid, MFSc, MT candidate

Research Assistants  (Last name, alphabetical):

  • Erika Bailey, MA   

  • Deniece Bell, MSc candidate

  • Michelle Campbell, BKin

  • Sandy Carpenter, PhD 

  • Mark Corsetti, BKin

  • Viviane Gauthier, BKin
  • Hediyeh Karimian, MSW candidate 

  • Ellyn Kerr, MSc

  • Asma Khalil, PhD candidate

  • Debra Kriger, PhD   

  • Kristin Mueller-Heaslip, MusBac     

  • LeRoi Newbold, MEd candidate


Deniece Bell (MSc)

Zeana Hamdonah (PhD)

Hediyeh Karimian (PhD)

Saidur Rahman (PhD)

Recent Publications

Joseph, J. & Kerr, E. (in press). Assemblages and co-emergent corpomaterialities in postsecondary education: Pedagogical lessons from somatic psychology and physical cultures. Somatechnics.

Joseph, J. & Glean, J. (in press). Navigating Black Women’s Leadership, Imposter Phenomenon, and Intergenerational Mentorship in Post-secondary Education. In Wane, N., Odozor, E. & Brady, J. (Eds.), Black Women’s Worldview. Inanna Publications.

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

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.

Nachman, J., Joseph, J. & Fusco, C. (2021). ‘What if what the professor knows is not diverse enough for us?”: Whiteness in Canadian Kinesiology programs, Sport, Education, and Society,

Gauthier, V., Joseph, J. & Fusco, C. (2021). Lessons from Critical Race Theory: Outdoor Experiential Education and Whiteness in Kinesiology, Journal of Experiential Education, 1-17,

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

Darnell, S., Razack, S. & Joseph, J. (2021). Sport, Social Movements and Digital Media. In. E. Pike (Ed.). Research Handbook on Sport and Society (pp. 53-67)Edward Elgar Publishing.

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

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. (2015). A Hurdle to Success: The Path for PanAm/Para PanAm Legacy Symposium Final Report, Report for Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, University of Toronto 

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
  • Founder and Director, IDEAS (Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity and Anti-Racism in Sport) Research Lab