john johnson PHD

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Research Areas

jay’s current interdisciplinary research explores child labor issues and body fascism, doping knowledges of elite female triathletes, the impact of climatic change on our physical experiences and the interface of sport, physical activity and the environment. He has published extensively in international journals on issues examining the influence of sex, level of competition, sport type, athletic identity, and social norms on hazing and initiations and co-edited Making the Team: Inside the World of Sport Initiations and Hazing. He has researched the effects of body-based harassment on girls’ and boys’ body image and participation in physical activity. As well, he is currently investigating how economically and socially disadvantaged youth experience their metropolitan landscape in a bid to identify desired environmental changes that may increase the use of active spaces. jay is also pursuing research streams which examine the utility, function and performance of the bike and bicycle culture and community for adults and for youth.

  • Hazing
  • Gender
  • Violence
  • Triathlon
  • Doping
  • Environment; environmentalism
  • Physical activity
  • Socio-cultural
  • Active transportation
  • Physical geographies
  • Body image


  • Culturally Relevant Physical Education and Health;
  • Sustainable Nature-Based Tourism and Recreation;
  • The History of Sport and Human Movement;
  • The Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity;
  • Conflict and Cooperation;
  • Graduate Sport Ethics and Philosophy;
  • Graduate History and Physical Cultures;
  • Graduate International Sport and Physical Cultures;
  • An Examination of Hazing in the Sporting Context: Emphasizing Alternative Orientations;
  • Philosophy and Ethics of Sport and Physical Activity;
  • Theory and Analysis of Exercise;
  • The Social Body;
  • Strategic Planning of Sporting Events;
  • Principles of Sport Management, Conflict and Cooperation;
  • Games of the World, Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective


  • PhD, Education, Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto
  • Master’s in Exercise Science, University of Toronto
  • B.Ed., University of Toronto
  • B.A., University of Guelph

Selected Publications

johnson, j. & Ali, A.E. (2017, In Press). Ecological modernization and the 2014 NHL sustainability report. Sociology of Sport Journal.

J. Kim & j. johnson. (2017). Mini U Brochures: Advertising social exclusion at a post-secondary institution, Canada? European Journal of Sustainable Development, 6(1), p.103-122.

johnson, j., Holman, M., Chin, J., Guerrero, M. & Signer, M.A. (In Press, 2017). An examination of hazing in Canadian intercollegiate sports. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.

johnson, j., & J. W. Chin. (2016). Seeking new glory (d)haze: A qualitative examination of adventure-based, team orientation rituals as an alternative to traditional sport hazing for athletes and coaches. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 11(3), p.1-15.DOI: 10.1177/1747954116643648.

johnson, j. & A. E. Ali (2016). Skating on thin ice? An interrogation of Canada’s melting pastime. World Leisure Journal, p. 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/16078055.2016.1216889.

Safai, P., j. johnson, & J. Bryans. (2016). The Absence of Resistance Training? Exploring the politics of health in high performance youth triathlon. Sociology of Sport Journal, 33(4), p.269-281.

johnson, j. & A.E. Ali. (2016). The Climate Activist? The inverted quarantine and individuals protecting themselves from environmental "risk" through the consumption of products. In F. Wherry and J. B. Schor (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. (p. 389-392). Sage Publishing.

j. johnson & A. E. Ali. (In Press, 2016). Sustainability, greenwashing, and the light green approach to sport environmentalism: An introduction to “sustainability”. In Routledge Handbook of Sport and the Environment. Edited by B. P. McCullough & T. Kellison (Eds.).

johnson, j. (2015, October). Dying to make the team: A case study examining the benefits for
athletic teams in using Outdoor Adventure Education practices in place of traditional hazing. In Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century. Edited by R. Black & K. Bricker (Eds.), Venture Publishing, USA.

johnson, j. & J. W. Chin (2015). Hazing rites/rights: using outdoor- and adventure education-based orientation to effect positive change for first-year athletes. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 16(1), p.16-30.

M. Holman & j. johnson. (2015). Moving from awareness towards prevention: A case study of varsity athletic hazing as a guide for administrators. Physical and Health Education Journal, 81(2), p.1-29.

Moola, F., j. johnson, J. Lay, S. Krygsman, & G. Faulkner. (2015). The Heartbeat of Hamilton: 
Reflections on the methodological process of exploring Hamilton youths’ environmental perceptions. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. p. 1-14. 
DOI: 10.1177/1609406915611560.




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