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Globalization, Planning and Local Economic Development

Book cover: Globalization, Planning and Local Economic Development

Globalization, Planning and Local Economic Development explores economic development at the local, community and regional level.

Written by UniSA Dean for Research and Innovation Professor Andrew Beer in collaboration with higher education colleague Prof Terry Clower (George Mason University), the book aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to locally based economic development, how growth can be planned and how that development can be realised.

Prof Beer introduces readers to the current debates around local and regional development and how that body of work can assist them in helping communities grow. He offers a roadmap for economic development to help students make sense of place-based development by providing a ‘meta narrative’ of how regions grow and how those processes can be enhanced.

In addition to a wealth of case studies and features to aid teaching, the book is complemented by online resources. In offering a full toolkit of economic development knowledge, techniques and strategies, this text will thoroughly prepare students for a career in urban planning, transport planning, human geography, applied economic analysis, geographic information systems, and/or work as an economic development practitioner.

The book is published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) and is available online.

Online Research Methods in Sport Studies

Book cover: Online Research Methods in Sport Studies

The internet and digital technologies have transformed sport and the way research relating to sport is undertaken, opening up new ways to analyse sport organisations, fan communities, networks, athletes, the media, and other key stakeholders in the field.

In a new book, Online Research Methods in Sport Studies, UniSA Senior Lecturer in Sport and Management Dr Jamie Cleland in collaboration with higher education colleagues Dr Kevin Dixon (Teesside University) and Dr Daniel Kilvington (Leeds Beckett University), examine the entire research process. They bring that process to life with sport-related cases and examples.

Covering both qualitative and quantitative methods, the book introduces key topics such as generating a research idea, implementing the research design, maintaining good ethical standards, and collecting, analysing and presenting data. It explains how to conduct online surveys, online interviews, and online ethnography in practice, and every chapter contains individual and group activities to encourage the reader to engage with online research, as well as further reading suggestions to help them develop their knowledge.

The book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics, and researchers with an interest in sport studies, and is a useful reference for practitioners working in sport or sport media who want to improve their professional research skills.

The book is published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) and is available online.

Waldorf Schools and the History of Steiner Education: An International View of 100 Years

Book cover: Waldorf Schools and the History of Steiner Education: An International View of 100 Years

Waldorf Schools and the History of Steiner Education: An International View of 100 Years traces the evolution of Steiner education and Waldorf schools as they have developed across the past century.

Written by UniSA Adjunct Senior Lecturer for the School of Education Dr Thomas Stehlik, the book examines and analyses how the initial impulse of Steiner education has grown over the past century to become a worldwide alternative movement in education. Dr Stehlik documents and compares the growth and development of Waldorf schools and Steiner-inspired educational institutions around the world. He also analyses how the original underpinning philosophy has been maintained against the contexts and challenges of contemporary global trends in education.

The book’s release marks the centenary of the first Waldorf School, established by Rudolf Steiner in Stuttgart in 1919. There are currently more than 1150 Waldorf Schools and more than 1800 Waldorf Kindergartens established in over 60 countries. With such diverse international contexts, Dr Stehlik examines how the schools retain such a distinctive identity and redefines how “alternative education” can be viewed. This comprehensive volume will be of interest and value to scholars of Steiner education and Waldorf schools as well as alternative education more widely.

The book is published by Palgrave Macmillan and is available to purchase digitally or in hardback online.

The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Sport

Book cover: The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Sport

The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Sport offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary analysis of sport’s complex relationship with masculinity.

Written by UniSA Senior Lecturer in Sport and Management Dr Jamie Cleland in collaboration with Dr Rory Magrath from Solent University and Professor Eric Anderson from the University of Winchester, the book also examines the changing nature of homophobia in sports.

The book looks at the rapid transformation of masculinities in the West, which has been largely facilitated by a decline in cultural homophobia. Comprising 30 diverse chapters, the book also provides evidence of the significant changes in the expression of masculinity in men’s team sports, particularly among younger generations of men, which have an increasingly diverse and inclusive culture.

Drawing upon work from a wide range of established and emerging international scholars, the book explores a vast number of themes including history, media, gender, sexuality, race, violence, and fandom, considering how they impact a range of different sports across the world. Students and scholars across many disciplines will find this unparalleled overview of masculinity and sport by Dr Cleland and his colleagues, an invaluable resource.

The book is published by Palgrave Macmillan and is available online.