Dr. Edwards’ research is guided by an idea that developing and managing socially responsible sport and recreational facilities, programs, services, and events will encourage more active lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and provide the tools for sustainable community development. His primary research focuses on social inequality in access to physical activity and sport environments and sport’s impact on community health. Dr. Edwards is also interested in management processes and policies that can be leveraged to build sustainable community capacity for health development through sport and recreation, particularly in rural areas. Many of the problems he studies are situated at the organizational and community level and are directly related to management practices and policy development. Dr. Edwards’ expertise on quantitative methods, and multilevel modeling in particular, has been an important contribution to many of the research projects in which he has participated.
Research Focus: Physical Activity and Community Capacity Building, Youth Sport