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. Dr. Joseph is a Connaught Scholar and elected member of the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.

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 to cultivating future leaders in physical activity and research. Our research is focused on using critical race theory and decolonial knowledges to generate and amplify storytelling about global indigeneity, diasporas, equity and anti-racism in sport, dance, physical activity, education and leadership. We aim to promote Black excellence, expose interlocking oppressions and privileges, and understand transnational networks.

ReseArch Reports 

A research study led by Dr. Janelle Joseph to discover the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) racial demographics, experiences and knowledge of racism, and tools for change.


In Awakening to elsewheres: Collectively restorying embodied experiences of (be)longing, the Re-Creation Collective, which Dr. Joseph co-leads, clarifies the ways mainstream sport erases our bodies/minds. We collectively elucidate the relationships between ongoing systems of oppression (e.g., settler colonialism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, (neo)imperialism), while simultaneously demonstrating how we might use our experiences within these systems to imagine something new, something else, altogether

Read the article, watch a video poem, and visit the art of an award-winning research paper


Exploring Difference

This project, in partnership with Insight for Community Impact and Bureau Kensington, explores the following questions using movement: How do we think, learn, and lead with the body? 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 and 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, Mobilizing Black Women's Leadership, Connaught Major Research Challenge for Black Researchers, $250,000

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

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

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

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



Lab Coordinator:

  • Aayah Amir, For lab inquiries please contact:


Research Assistants  (Last name, alphabetical):

  • Deniece Bell, MSc candidate
  • Shalom Brown, MSc candidate
  • Zeana Hamdonah, PhD candidate
  • Asma Khalil, PhD candidate 
  • Jasmine Lew, BSc candidate 
  • Alex McKenzie, MHK
  • Braeden McKenzie, PhD candidate 
  • Saidur Rahman, PhD candidate
  • Daniel Uy, PhD student


  • Deniece Bell (MSc) expected graduation 2024
  • Jasmine Lew (MSc) expected graduation 2024
  • Saidur Rahman (PhD) expected graduation 2025
  • Zeana Hamdonah (PhD) expected graduation 2025
  • Asma Khalil (PhD) expected graduation 2025
  • Daniel Uy (PhD) expected graduation 2027

SELECTED Recent Publications

Hamdonah, Z. & Joseph, J. (2024). Indigenous Dance, Cultural Continuity, and Resistance: A Netnographic Analysis of the Palestinian Dabke in the Diaspora, Media Culture and Society.

Joseph, J. & Bain, N. (2024). Leisure as Black Survival: Ballroom, Vogue and Black Queer and Trans+ Activism in Canada, Leisure/Loisir.

McKenzie, B., Joseph, J., & Razack, S.* (2023). Whiteness, Canadian university athletic administration, and anti-racism leadership: ‘A bunch of white haired, white dudes in the back rooms’ Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, & Health, 16(2), 197-212,

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
  • Connaught Scholar