Clayton J Hawkins (Autralia): “Leisure is the time that I get to choose what I immerse myself in.”

Dr. Clayton J Hawkins is Course Coordinator at Applied BusinessUniversity College, University of Tasmania, and founding member of founding member of the new WLO Leisure Management SIG

In one sentence: What does leisure mean to you? 

Leisure is the time that I get to choose what I immerse myself in.

What leisure projects, research and/or activities are you involved in? 

I teach leisure at the University of Tasmania’s new University College having recently led the design and implementation of an Associate Degree in Applied Business that includes specialisations in Tourism and Events, and Sport, Recreation and Leisure. I am currently exploring the linkage of Lean Thinking to Leisure Management, and opportunities for what role I might play within the new WLO Leisure Management SIG. In my private life I am a cricket player, coach, and administrator. I have coached senior female teams and led junior development programs. I enjoy undertaking strategic leadership roles in clubs such as program development and committee roles. I enjoy performing as a musician and have a keen interest in online leisure.

How do you promote the development of leisure and leisure studies? 

I lead leisure teaching (e.g. leisure management/planning, event management, business of leisure) with a particular focus on leisure management practice. I am actively engaged in leisure development for the future of Tasmania through various advisory groups and programs, and I hold positions as a Fellow of the Institute for Place Management and a board member of the ANZALS. I was the 2017 co-convenor of the ANZALS conference in Hobart, Tasmania with a theme of Leisure for Social Change.

How did you hear about WLO? 

Through a former ANZALS President linked to WLO.

Why did you decide to become a member of WLO? 

I am a founding member of the new WLO Leisure Management SIG.

What kind of synergies would you like to develop through your WLO membership?

Identifying best practice globally in leisure theory and practice to inform the next generation of leisure scholars and practitioners.