‘Personal Development in Motion’: The role of sport in social transformation

LDN1.04, Loughborough University London

Professor Cora Burnett will be visiting the campus from the University of Johannesburg to deliver a lecture to students and staff on the use and role of sport in social transformation.

Open to all current students and staff, the lecture will explore the multiple and multi-dimensionality frameworks of diverse realities in relation to the use and role of sport within social transformation. Cora will discuss a ‘Multiple capital model’ within a ‘Designed to Move framework’ focusing on micro level research that considers individual experiences. Central to this significant body of work are the sociological and everyday realities of vulnerable populations and the positioning of youth, gender, ethnicity and physical ability. Connecting notions of role modelling and peer leadership are also discussed.
The lecture will cover the following key themes:
  • Social transformation in Post-Apartheid South Africa – from national identity formation (legacy projects) to addressing multiple ‘social ills’. 
  • The illusiveness of nation-building and the uncomfortable truths of social cohesion and integration
  • Case study analysis from Stories from the field for contextual understanding of individual agency – linked to discourses.
  • Understanding of place, space and historical context (Post-colonial African countries and Post-genocide Rwanda)


Professor Cora Burnett

Professor Cora Burnett is a research professor at the University of Johannesburg and holds a doctorates in Human Movement Studies and in Social Anthropology. She has published extensively and has delivered many keynote addresses.
Over the years, Cora has conducted multiple national research projects, as well as international research funded by the IOC, Commonwealth Games Federation, European Union, the Australian Sports Commission. She has also undertaken CSI research projects such as the Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) in several African countries.
Cora is also the Director of the UJ Olympic Studies Centre and a Vice-President of the International Association of Sport. In 2017, she received the Universitas 21 award for Excellence in the Internationalisation of Higher Education. 

Book your place