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Interventions on children’s and adolescents’ physical activity and sedentary behaviour: protocol for a systematic review from a sex/gender perspective (2019)
Journal Article
Demetriou, Y., Vondung, C., Bucksch, J., Schlund, A., Schulze, C., Knapp, G., …Reimers, A. K. (2019). Interventions on children’s and adolescents’ physical activity and sedentary behaviour: protocol for a systematic review from a sex/gender perspective. Systematic Reviews, 8(1), doi:10.1186/s13643-019-0963-2

Background Low levels of physical activity (PA) and high levels of sedentary behaviour (SB) have been observed in young people. Both behaviours are detrimental for health with patterns tending to continue into adulthood. There is sustained value i... Read More

‘I like the “outernet” stuff:’ girls’ perspectives on physical activity and their environments (2018)
Journal Article
Coen, S. E., Mitchell, C. A., Tillmann, S., & Gilliland, J. A. (2018). ‘I like the “outernet” stuff:’ girls’ perspectives on physical activity and their environments. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 1-19. doi:10.1080/2159676x.2018.1561500

Physical activity in Canada mirrors the gender gap observed globally, with boys more likely than girls to meet recommended guidelines. While a growing body of research has examined the relationships between environmental factors and children’s physic... Read More

Conceptualizing youth participation in children’s health research: insights from a youth-driven process for developing a Youth Advisory Council (2018)
Journal Article
Arunkumar, K., Bowman, D. D., Coen, S. E., El-Bagdady, M. A., Ergler, C. R., Gilliland, J. A., …Paul, S. (2019). Conceptualizing youth participation in children’s health research: insights from a youth-driven process for developing a Youth Advisory Council. Children, 6(1), doi:10.3390/children6010003

Given the power asymmetries between adults and young people, youth involvement in research is often at risk of tokenism. While many disciplines have seen a shift from conducting research on youth to conducting research with and for youth, engaging ch... Read More

Children's perspectives on neighbourhood barriers and enablers to active school travel: A participatory mapping study: Children's perspectives on active school travel (2018)
Journal Article
Wilson, K., Coen, S. E., Piaskoski, A., & Gilliland, J. A. (2018). Children's perspectives on neighbourhood barriers and enablers to active school travel: A participatory mapping study: Children's perspectives on active school travel. Canadian Geographer / Géographe canadien, doi:10.1111/cag.12488

Children today are spending more sedentary time indoors than time playing and being active outdoors. The daily journey to and from school represents a valuable opportunity for children to be physically active through active school travel. The majorit... Read More

Supporting active school travel: a qualitative analysis of implementing a regional safe routes to school program (2018)
Journal Article
Buttazzoni, A. N., Coen, S. E., & Gilliland, J. A. (2018). Supporting active school travel: a qualitative analysis of implementing a regional safe routes to school program. Social Science and Medicine, 212, 181-190. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.07.032

Physical inactivity among children is a significant public health concern. Active school travel (AST) methods, such as walking and wheeling to school, can be a valuable way to increase children's levels of daily physical activity. In Canada, Active a... Read More

Playing with Poetry: Poetic Representation of Research in Children’s Geographies of Nature and Adventurous Play (2018)
Journal Article
Coen, S. E., Tillmann, S., Ergler, C. R., McGuire, C., & Gilliland, J. A. (2018). Playing with Poetry: Poetic Representation of Research in Children’s Geographies of Nature and Adventurous Play. Geohumanities, 4(2), 557-575. doi:10.1080/2373566x.2018.1516956

In this article, we undertake a methodological and creative exploration of poetic representation in children’s geographies. Drawing on qualitative approaches to poetry as a method, we consider how poetic techniques have the potential to bring us into... Read More

Connecting qualitative research on exercise and environment to public health agendas requires an equity lens (2017)
Journal Article
Coen, S. E. (2018). Connecting qualitative research on exercise and environment to public health agendas requires an equity lens. Health and Place, 53, 264-267. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.09.005

In this commentary, I respond to the special section in Health & Place (vol. 46) on “Exercise and environment: new qualitative work to link popular practice and public health” edited by Hitchings and Latham. I argue that if qualitative research is to... Read More

“It's gym, like g-y-m not J-i-m”: Exploring the role of place in the gendering of physical activity (2017)
Journal Article
Coen, S. E., Rosenberg, M. W., & Davidson, J. (2018). “It's gym, like g-y-m not J-i-m”: Exploring the role of place in the gendering of physical activity. Social Science and Medicine, 196, 29-36. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.10.036

Physical activity is a highly gendered health behaviour, with women less likely than men to meet internationally accepted physical activity guidelines. In this article, we take up recent arguments on the potential of indoor spaces to illuminate proce... Read More

Reporting of sex and gender in randomized controlled trials in Canada: a cross-sectional methods study (2017)
Journal Article
Welch, V., Doull, M., Yoganathan, M., Jull, J., Boscoe, M., Coen, S. E., …Tudiver, S. (2017). Reporting of sex and gender in randomized controlled trials in Canada: a cross-sectional methods study. Research Integrity and Peer Review, 2(1), doi:10.1186/s41073-017-0039-6

Background: Accurate reporting on sex and gender in health research is integral to ensuring that health interventions are safe and effective. In Canada and internationally, governments, research organizations, journal editors, and health agencies hav... Read More

What can participant-generated drawing add to health geography’s qualitative palette? (2016)
Book Chapter
Coen, S. (2016). What can participant-generated drawing add to health geography’s qualitative palette?. In N. E. Fenton, & J. Baxter (Eds.), Practicing Qualitative Methods in Health Geographies, 131-152. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Deploying participant-generated drawing as a research method presented me with two new challenges. The first is rather personal. Although I am convinced that drawing is a valuable method and stand by what I have written in this chapter, I wrestled wi... Read More

Working out across Canada: Is there a gender gap? (2016)
Journal Article
Coen, S. E., Subedi, R. P., & Rosenberg, M. W. (2016). Working out across Canada: Is there a gender gap?. Canadian Geographer / Géographe canadien, 60(1), 69-81. doi:10.1111/cag.12255

Globally, boys and men are more physically active than girls and women. Despite geographical variation in physical activity participation and gender differences across types of physical activities, physical activity is frequently assessed at national... Read More