Dr May Carter
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University
May Carter works as a researcher and consultant and is particularly interested in relationships between people, place and health.
Over the past two decades she has worked with state and local governments to promote participation in physical activity, and community engagement in parkland and open space planning.
When she's not working May likes to walk in the bush and at the beach. Her current challenge is training Benson, a five-month-old black Labrador puppy.
Informal sport as a health and social resource for diverse young people
As participation in club and association sport is decreasing, how local governments accommodate emerging, less formal modes of sports involvement is receiving increasing attention.
A pilot study recently conducted in Victoria found that while increasing participation in physical activity is a priority across all levels of government, finding places where people can participate in informal, self-organised and non-club based sport is a contested space in more one ways than one.
This presentation will provide an overview of a three-year Australian Research Council funded project involving four local governments in Western Australia and Victoria.
This project is examining current policy settings and how they promote or inhibit participation in informal sport, and the importance of participation, particularly for young people.
It is anticipated that research outcomes will inform policy development and future design and management of parks and public open spaces.