Queen's University

Dr. Courtney Szto

Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
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I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University. I started my academic career at the University of British Columbia in the School of Human Kinetics with a focus on Sport Management. I then completed my Master's at the University of Toronto (Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education) and my PhD at Simon Fraser University (School of Communication).

My research generally focuses on issues of inequality and injustice in the world of sport and physical activity. I explored experiences of racism in hockey for my doctoral research and will be continuing a portion of that project by examining the development of South Asian specific hockey programs. I am interested in the implications of these ethnically-segregated spaces on notions of multiculturalism in Canada. The other study I am undertaking is a documentary film project on the waste accumulated through the production and consumption of sporting goods. My research team will explore the potential opportunities for closed-loop manufacturing in the world of sports. Bicycle manufacturing will serve as the case study because of the bike's environmentally-friendly connotations; however, often overlooked is the fact that the production of bicycles is equally as harmful as any other product that ends up in the landfill.

Most Recent Project

Corporatizating Activism Through Sport-Focused Social Justice? Investigating Nike's Corporate Responsibility Initiatives in Sport for Development and Peace

Inspired by assertions of “creeping commercialization” in issues of social justice, this article, co-authored with Lindsay M.C. Hayhurst, seeks to address the entanglement of privatization with sport for development and peace initiatives. We look specifically at Nike’s history of “social responsibility” to situate the N7 initiative, for Indigenous health, within a larger landscape of privatized social justice.

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Other Projects

  • The Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi Broadcast: A case study in ethnic sports media

    Cover for Hockey: Challenging Canada's GameThis article is a contribution to Chapter 10 in Hockey: Challenging Canada’s game. (University of Ottawa Press, 2018) edited by J. Anderson & J. Ellison. This interdisciplinary book considers hockey, both as professional and amateur sport, and both in historical and contemporary context, in relation to larger themes in Canadian Studies, including gender, race/ethnicity, ability, sexuality, geography, and reflects upon all aspects of hockey in Canadian life: play, fandom, sports broadcasting, and community activism. 

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