Exploring the fascinating realm of serious leisure: From bonsai growing to birdwatching

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This paper depicts a reflective narrative of my research journey in the field of serious leisure from 2017 to the present. Serious leisure includes a broad range of indoor and outdoor hobbies, amateurism and volunteer activities that are adequately challenging and sufficiently rewarding (e.g. pottery, woodworking, calligraphy, fishing, rock climbing). Successful involvement in serious leisure usually requires long-term dedication and learning some forms of knowledge, skills or attitudes. It is a multidisciplinary research area, and scholars from various disciplines investigate mental, personal, cultural and social facets of engagement in leisure activities. In my research program, I mainly focus on the informational aspects of serious leisure and investigate how people interact with information sources in this setting. My research findings up to this stage demonstrate that serious leisure is a highly information-rich realm, and the participants are actively engaged in seeking, sharing and producing leisure-related information.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2021
EventDocFest 21 - Online, Australia
Duration: 26 May 202128 May 2021
https://research.csu.edu.au/research-support/researcher-development/docfest22 (Link for 2022 Event)


ConferenceDocFest 21
Abbreviated titleOnline conference for PhD students and their supervisors
OtherAfter a 5-year break DocFest returns as a fully online conference to allow maximum accessibility and a brilliant line-up of keynotes, workshops and panels.

As a researcher, you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills, engage in the CSU research community, contribute to knowledge in your chosen discipline, and ultimately make an impact to community, industry and society.

DocFest21 will offer graduate researchers and their supervisors a range of inspiring and informative sessions and showcase our researchers and their experiences within the CSU community through a range of interactive workshops, panels and breakout sessions.

There is an opportunity for all HDR candidates and supervisors/staff to present short and long papers on a wide range of themes and a poster competition.

We will also be presenting the 2021 3-MinuteThesis heats over the three days of the conference.

Join us on 26-28 May 2021 to celebrate DocFest21! Making the most of your research journey.
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