Alison Doherty

Dr. Alison Doherty is a Professor of Sport Management at Western University. Her research focuses on the capacity and management of nonprofit and community-based organizations for safe and inclusive sports and physical activity. She is a long-time advocate and investigator of girls’ and women’s participation, and is leading an interdisciplinary project with scholars and sports stakeholders mapping the youth sports concussion landscape in Canada. Her research portfolio includes sports and event volunteerism, nonprofit sports governance, and organizational capacity and innovation. Alison has consulted and shared her research with local, provincial, and national sports organizations.

She is the Lead of the Sports and Social Impact Research Group (SSIRG) at Western, a board member of Canada’s Sports Information Resource Centre (SIRC), former national team heptathlete, and a long time track and field coach with Western. She mentors apprentice coaches through the Coaching Association of Ontario’s Change the Game program.

Want to inspire a new generation of Canadian athletes? According to research, it’s all about “inspiration” – feelings of inspiration while watching an event may influence post-event sport participation. @Prof_Potwarka @UWRecandLeisure @smrc_crms

Check out my new edited book, "Sport, Alcohol and Social Inquiry: A Global Cocktail"! Thanks to all contributors for their insightful chapters. @CatherPalm @CarwynJones9 @GuiBodet @LawrenceWenner @TerryEddy @Lamar_Reams and others!

Excited to share this new @MSLJournal commentary by @AlisonDoherty1 @MisenerKatie and I on the "Return to community sport: leaning on evidence in turbulent times" @smrc_crms #communitysport

Delighted to share the pre-print version of this co-authored @EuroSportManQ article with Xiaoyan Xing and Ruo Zhang @smrc_crms @uOHealthRes

Following our prior communication that the SMAANZ Conference planned for Canberra will be postponed to 2021, we are excited to release details of #SMAANZWeek2020, a free virtual event to be held from 30 Nov to 4 Dec. Call for abstracts and further info at

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