Hospitable leisure spaces for parenting

  • Hospitable leisure spaces for parenting

    Research has been carried out both in Australia and the UK, looking at what makes a leisure space – anything from a café to a theatre - hospitable for parents of young children. Led by Dr. Peter Lugosi, this comprises a practice-oriented piece of research that looks at developing guidelines for those active in the leisure and hospitality industry, showing how they can make their spaces physically and socially hospitable.

    This research supports the idea that engagement with leisure as a parent has the potential to reduce the psychological pressures and stress of parenting.  However, the research also shows that where leisure spaces are inhospitable it actually makes the psychological stress of parenting worse – and makes parents more likely to remain at home and become isolated.

    The next phase of this project will look at conducting a UK focused study. This will involve parents in three distinct regions of the UK, to uncover their perceptions of the world of hospitality, as parents, using experimental data capture techniques. 

  • Get involved

  • The centre is firmly international in scope, working to build a portfolio of research and consultancy projects in the field of tourism, hospitality and events – and offers the opportunity for researchers to address key research gaps across this broad sector. We are particularly interested in cross-disciplinary studies and will be aiming to take advantage of the numerous points of intersection between tourism and other fields, including health and social care, natural science, computer science and technology. Please contact us to discuss any areas of potential collaboration or research.

    The centre aims to assist doctoral students in the early stages of their careers in tourism research. This support could take the form of advice on publication, pilot studies or facilitating access to specialist events and further funding. By capitalising on our expertise in securing funding and building partnerships on an international scale, we enable students to engage in activity which complements or extends the scope of their doctoral study. The assistance we offer ranges from helping students with small grant proposals to fund data collection, travel or pilot studies, to more involved support with post-doctoral fellowship applications. Ultimately, we want to develop the next generation of tourism researchers and create a supportive, collaborative environment in which high quality research can flourish.

    We are pleased to be offering PhD studentships. Contact us for more information.

    Does your doctoral thesis interface with tourism, hospitality or events management? If so we would be pleased to hear from you to discuss how the Centre may be able to support you in your research activity. Contact us for more information.

  • Contact us

    Oxford Brookes Business School
    Wheatley Campus
    Oxford OX33 1 HX
    Tel: +44 (0)1865 485858