Alison Doherty

Professor, Western University, CANADA

Dr. Alison Doherty is a Professor with the Sport Management program in the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. She also volunteers as an Assistant Coach with the Western Mustangs Track & Field Team, a varsity program she has been involved with for most of the past 29 years. Alison was a two-time Canadian university champion in the high jump, Canadian champion in the heptathlon, and a seven-year member of the Canadian Track & Field Team.

Her research focuses broadly on the management of nonprofit and community sport, and particularly sport volunteerism, group dynamics, and organizational capacity and innovation. Recent projects have included the investigation of social capital and psychological contract in the volunteer youth sport coaching environment, and organizational capacity for gender equity in sport initiatives. Alison is the Lead of the Sport and Social Impact Research Group (SSIRG at Western, and a board member of Canada’s Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC). In addition to her own coaching, Alison mentors apprentice coaches through the Coaching Association of Ontario’s “Change the Game” program.