LSA Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers: LSA 2024

We have an exciting line up of keynote speakers for LSA 2024!

Professor Louise Mansfield

Brunel University, London

Louise Mansfield is Professor of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, Vice Dean for Research and Director of the Centre for Health and Wellbeing across the Lifecourse in the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Brunel University London, UK. She is Associate Director of the ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Training Programme; a partnership between Brunel University London, Oxford University and the Open University. Her research focuses on the relationship between inequalities, community sport/physical activity and public health and wellbeing. She has conducted her work with diverse population groups in different contexts and has over 15 years’ experience of leading research projects and offering expert advice for international, national and local sport and public health organisations. This includes for the Sport England Local Delivery Pilots, the ESRC Culture, Sport and Wellbeing Evidence Programme and Chiles-Webster-Batson Commission on sport in low-income communities. She has extensive expertise in coproduction and community approaches to physical activity and issues of health, wellbeing, inequality and diversity. Her work includes a focus on harnessing creative strategies in the design, delivery and evaluation of complex community interventions. Louise is known for developing evidence to inform policy and practice.


Dr Claudio Milano

University of Barcelona

Claudio Milano is a social anthropologist with a background in economics. He is Ramon y Cajal Research Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Barcelona. He is the Co-Deputy Chair of the Commission on the Anthropology of Tourism for the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) and a member of the Editorial Review Board of Annals of Tourism Research (Elsevier). He is also a member of the Research Group on Anthropology of Crisis and Contemporary Transformations (CRITS) at the University of Barcelona and the Observatory for the Anthropology of Urban Conflict (OACU). His primary area of expertise lies into political economy of tourism. His research delves into the dynamics of touristification processes, exploring how societies respond to and resist these changes through social movements and grassroot organizations. Presently, he is engaged in research that centers on the informal economy and migrant labor in tourist destinations. His body of work has been widely disseminated in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian through publications in renowned international scientific journals and editorial. 

Dr Ilaria Pappalepore

University of Westminster (London)

Ilaria Pappalepore is a Reader (Associate Professor) and co-convener of the ‘Place & Experience’ research group in the School of Architecture and Cities of the University of Westminster (London). Ilaria’s research expertise lies in the intersection between tourism, events, and the creative and cultural industries. Her doctoral research (completed in 2010) looked at the role played by creative industry clusters in the development of tourism in non-central urban areas in London. Her work on the Olympic Games and cultural tourism, which was initially funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), spans over 13 years and looked at several case studies including Turin, London, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and, more recently, Paris. In 2020-21 Ilaria led a research collaboration between the University of Westminster and Panthéon-Sorbonne on the future of metropolitan tourism post-COVID-19. Previously, she worked on research on the influence of location-based factors in youth leisure behaviours, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Ilaria is a member of the Executive Committee of ATHE (UK Association of Tourism in Higher Education) and is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. She teaches at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level. Her work has been widely disseminated through international peer-reviewed journals as well as more widely accessible formats such as online open-access articles and podcasts. 

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