2021 ALSA Conference


The Theme of the 2021 Academy of Leisure Sciences Africa Congress is a response to the Joint Charge Statement facilitated by The Academy of Leisure Sciences (TALS),  the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic which gripped the world and the harsh realities of racism


The primary aim is to explore the main theme “Leisure’s Promise, Social Purpose and Justice” by creating an online platform for professionals from diverse disciplinary fields to interact, share and present a context for leisure services and opportunities

Happiness & Health

The 2021 Congress will revisit what we have known since the 1980’s, that leisure can positively impact happiness, health, and environmental stewardship, especially during a pandemic.


Keynote Speakers

Dr Freya Higgins-Desbiolles

University of South Australia, Australia

Commissioner Mitchell Silver

New York City Parks

Dr John Henderson

President, DC’s Green Space Alliance, Green Spaces for DC

Prof Junichiro Inutsuka

Faculty of Human Life Sciences, Department of Studies on Lifestyle Management, Jissen Women’s University, Japan

Prof Natasa Slak

Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Prof Aiping Ma

Professor at The School of Tourism Management, China

Prof Ana Claudia Porfirio Couto

Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil

Prof Adriana Estrada-Gonzalez

Leisure Management Studies, Universidad Mexicana del Noreste, México

Dr Laura Rojas de Francisco

Universidad EAFIT, Colombia