Dr. jay johnson is a full professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba. His current multiple mixed qualitative methodological interdisciplinary research explores the impact(s) of climatic change on our physical experiences and the interfaces with the environment. He is investigating how Indigenous youth experience the built environment and outdoor adventure/land-based education; community-based research examining the function of the bicycle, culture and community in activ(ism); child labour issues; bullying; sport doping; the use of marijuana and CBD by professional athletes and health; and the cultural intersections of gender, masculinity, race, ethnicity, sexuality and homophobia in team hazing/initiation rituals. He has published extensively on hazing, co-editing Making the Team: Inside the World of Sport Initiations and Hazing with Dr. Margery Holman.

Research areas

  • Hazing
  • Gender
  • Violence
  • Triathlon
  • Doping
  • Indigenous Youth
  • Land-Based Education
  • Environment; environmentalism
  • Physical activity
  • Socio-cultural
  • Active transportation
  • Physical geographies
  • Body image



  • PHED 3360-Culturally Relevant Physical Education and Health  
  • PHED 4710-Outdoor Education and Leadership  
  • REC 4720-Wilderness Adventures (co-instructed) 
  • PHED 3710-Active Health and Human Potential (co-instructed) 
  • PHED 2442-Health Education (co-instructed) 
  • REC 3090-Sustainable Nature-Based Tourism and Recreation
  • PHED 3750-Lifestyle Activities  
  • PHED 2720-Developmental Games and Activities 
  • KPER 7160-Qualitative Methods and Research Design, (Graduate Course)        
  • KPER 7006-Social Aspects of Physical Activity, (Graduate Course) 
  • KPER 7000- Research in Kinesiology and Recreation Management (Graduate Course) 


Butryn, T., Masucci, M., & j. johnson. (2020). The show must go on: The strategy and spectacle of Dana White’s efforts to promote UFC 249 during the coronavirus pandemic. International Journal of Sport Communication.

johnson, j. & A. E. Ali. (2020). Paddling for reconciliation: A decolonial approach to land-based education amongst Manitoba Indigenous youth. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 14(4), p. 205-219.

johnson, j., Holman, M. & M. Havey. (2019). Transforming team bonding to a safe and positive experience©: A toolkit for hazing education: Understanding, prevention & transformation. Physical and Health Education Journal, 83(4), p.1-37.

Chin, J., johnson, j., Holman, M. & M. A. Signer-Kroeker. (2019). From the bottom of a bottle: A sociological examination of the use of alcohol in varsity sport hazing. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, p. 1-18.

Chin, J. W., Masucci, M. & j. johnson. (2019). Keep it rolling: Examining the San José Bike Party with methods on the move. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.

Masucci, M., Butryn, T. & j. johnson. (2019). Knowledge and perceptions of doping practices and anti-doping education among elite North American female triathletes. Performance Enhancement and Health. 

johnson, j. & A. E. Ali. (2018). Ecological modernization and the 2014 NHL sustainability report. Sociology of Sport Journal, 35(1), p.49-57.

johnson j., Masucci, M.A. & M. A. Signer. (2018). Everything looks better from the seat of a bike”: A qualitative exploration of the San José Bike Party. Leisure/Loisir Journal, 42(2), p.163-184.

johnson, j., Holman, M., Chin, J., Guerrero, M. & M.A. Signer. (2018). An examination of hazing in Canadian intercollegiate sports. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 12(2), p. 144-159. doi: 10.1123/jcsp.2016-0040

johnson, j. & A. E. Ali. (2017). Skating on thin ice? An interrogation of Canada’s melting pastime. World Leisure Journal, 59(4), p. 259-271.

Kim, J. & 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. & 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.327-341.

Safai, P., johnson, j. & 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.

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.



Butryn, T., johnson, j., & M. Masucci. (2021 (Forthcoming). An unholy Triumvirate: Donald Trump, Dana White and the UFC in the age of the Pandemic. The Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture in Global Pandemic: Critical Diffractions. Edited by D. L. Andrews, H. Thorpe & J. I. Newman.

Butryn, T., johnson, j. & M. Masucci. (2020). A "notorious" spectacle: Reading Conor McGregor through a narrative lens. In, The Circus Is in Town: Sport, Celebrity, and Spectacle. Edited by L. D. Alexander & J. N. Rosen (Eds.). University of Mississippi Press.

Ali, A. E. & j. johnson. (2019). Sustainability, greenwashing, and sport  environmentalism. In, The Business and Culture of Sport. Edited by J. Maguire, M. Falcous & K. Liston (Eds.). Macmillan Reference USA.

johnson, j. & M. Holman. (2019). A model for success: A case study for managing varsity athletic hazing as a guide for administrators[jj1] .

johnson, j. & A. E. Ali. (2018). Sustainability, greenwashing, and the light green approach to sport environmentalism: An introduction to “sustainability”. In Handbook of Sport and the Environment. Edited by B. P. McCullough & T. Kellison (Eds.). Routledge International Publisher.

johnson, j. (2015). 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 21stCentury. Edited by R. Black & K. Bricker (Eds.), Venture Publishing, USA.

johnson, j. (2007). Sport and the culture of hazing. Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sport. Edited by D. Booth & H. Thorpe (Eds.), Berkshire publishing, p.132139.

johnson, j. & M. Holman. (2004). Making the Team: Inside the World of Sport Initiations and Hazing. Canadian Scholars Press.