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Call for papers


Qualitative research in sport and exercise is firmly established and continues to expand at a rapid pace. It is increasingly celebrated for what it can offer within and beyond the academy in terms of understanding people’s perceptions, experiences, and meanings that they attribute to sport, physical activity, exercise and leisure along with the social structures that shape them. 

This conference is dedicated to promoting cutting edge empirical inquiry, advancements in qualitative methods, and debates about methods, theory, and practice and as they relate to conducting and learning from qualitative research in sport and exercise. 

We welcome qualitative researchers from all areas of sport and exercise. Past QRSE conferences have included submissions from the fields of sport and exercise psychology, sociology of sport, physical cultural studies, sport history, physical education, coaching, sports medicine, rehabilitation, health promotion, sport management, sports medicine, leisure studies, sport ecology, and sport policy.

We invite abstracts that connect to the following areas:

  • Empirical research findings

  • Theory

  • Applied Practice

  • Policy

  • Pedagogy

  • Qualitative Methodologies and Methods

  • Research Ethics

  • Representation (Delegates wishing to present or exhibit their work using arts / performance are encouraged to contact the conference organising committee prior to submitting an abstract to discuss feasibility).


Please be aware that there are more suitable forums for those wishing to present their mixed-method studies or systematic reviews. Abstracts relating to these – with the exception of submissions reporting a metasynthesis of qualitative studies – will not be considered for the programme. 

QRSE2024 is primarily an in-person conference. However, we are offering virtual delegate attendance and a limited number of oral presentation slots for those who cannot travel to attend in person. Virtual delegates will have access to warm-up webinars, the ECR award presentation, and keynote presentations in real-time. Virtual delegates will not have access to real-time oral presentations, the poster session, nor social and ECR events. 

​Recordings of the keynote addresses and ECR award presentation will be available online to QRSEsoc members following the conference.

​Each delegate may submit and present one abstract. There is no restriction on the number abstracts on which you are a co-author.


Deadline for all abstracts (i.e., for posters, oral presentations, and symposia) is March 1st, 2024. Symposia submissions that are not accepted for a Symposium will be re-allocated to an oral presentation and will receive notification as such. 

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