PROF. DR. ATARA SIVAN

Atara_SivanAtara sivan is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and a Professor of the Department of Education Studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University. She holds a doctorate from The University of Hong Kong (Education) and MA (Education: Youth Counselling); PDGE (Social Sciences); and BA (Education and Sociology) all from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. She also holds professional qualifications as an EMDR Trainer (EMDR Institute, USA) and in Gestalt Therapy (GATLA, USA). She has been researching the area of leisure in different contexts for several decades and has contributed to the field of study through co-authored and edited books, book chapters and articles on leisure and education. Some of her book titles include: Leisure Education Toward the 21st Century; Leisure Education, Community Development and Populations with Special Needs; Leisure Education in School Systems; Leisure Education: A Cross-National View: and Studies on Teaching and Learning. With her expertise in leisure education, she served as a scientific consultant for the development of the first comprehensive curriculum for schools in Israel and as one of the authors of the International Charter for Leisure Education and a series of positions papers in this area. She has been leading numerous large scale research projects involving territory-wide surveys on leisure behaviors and perceptions and community outreach activities within Chinese societies in Hong Kong. Prof. Sivan has been invited as keynote and guest speaker to international conferences including ones in Korea, Canada, The People’s Republic of China, Germany, Israel, United States of America, Spain, Austria, Mexico, United Kingdom, Singapore and Thailand. In addition to her research activities, Atara has been serving in different leading international and local capacities including the World Leisure Organization (WLO) board of directors, WLO Education Commission Executive Committee, Senior Fellow and President of the World Leisure Academy, Editor-in-Chief of World Leisure Journal and Founder and President of World Leisure Organization: Hong Kong Chapter. She has been widely recognized for her contribution to the field of knowledge and practice by being awarded the Hillel Ruskin Memorial Scholar Lecture Award and the Geroge Torkildsen Literary Award for her contribution to the advancement of concepts related to leisure and leisure education and recently the HKBU Knowledge Transfer Award 2015.

atarasiv@hkbu.edu.hk