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Chair in Leisure and Knowledge

Introduction

The Chair in Leisure and Knowledge is a project promoted by Santander Bank, focused on the acquisition, management, generation and transfer of specialist knowledge on the leisure phenomenon and the fields in which it manifests itselfs (culture, tourism, sport and recreation).

It is an instrument focused on research and training of experts and professionals in the field of leisure. Its actions are aimed at ensuring continuity in leisure research and it contributes to placing the “Leisure and Human Development” team within the international scientific community and enriching postgraduate training at the Institute of Leisure Studies.
In addition, the Chair is part of the structure that the Institute of Leisure Studies and the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences makes available to all citizens. It is devoted to giving back to society the advances made in the field of leisure knowledge in terms of social transfer that can result in the improvement of its welfare and quality of life.

Some of the actions carried out by the Chair include:

  • Publications
  • OcioGune International Research Forum
  • Research seminars
  • OTIUM Network
  • Resources (conference maps, scientific papers, bibliographical resources, Ociopodcast…)
     

Origins

The Chair in Leisure and Knowledge was created in 2004 as part of the Institute of Leisure Studies at the University of Deusto and with the support of the Santander Group. The Chair has carried out a wide range of projects and initiatives that have granted the recognition of the leisure scientific community on the international sphere and, particularly, in Latin America for over a decade.

Objectives

The main aim is to attract, manage, generate and disseminate knowledge on the leisure phenomenon in general and on the fields in which it manifests itself (culture, tourism, sport and recreation). It mainly seeks both to disseminate the scientific production generated by the Institute of Leisure Studies and to provide leisure researchers with the know-how and the resources developed by other benchmark entities in the study of this phenomenon.