Leisure and Wellbeing Study (LEWIS)

The Leisure and Wellbeing Study aims to advance the science around leisure activities, including gambling and drinking, and how they relate to wellbeing. Specifically, the aim of the study is to develop a deep understanding of leisure activities – not just behaviour, but also attitudes towards these activities and motivations for engaging in them – and which of these factors decrease wellbeing.

Most of our research is conducted via short surveys. For those who are interested in the results of our research, we will provide regular updates via our Facebook and Twitter pages, and updates will also be posted on this website. You can opt out at any time.

If you have any questions, please see the FAQ at the bottom of this page, or email us at

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This study is led by Dr Alex Russell of the CQUniversity Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory (EGRL), and is a collaboration with the entire team in the EGRL.


Connect and engage with LEWiS on Facebook and Twitter. Just search CQUni LEWiS in the links below.

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Read here about betting on micro events within sports. Why is it potentially dangerous, and why is it important now?

Until fairly recently, when you bet on sports, you placed a bet before the match started, and had to wait until the end of the match to find out if you won. You can now bet on events that occur during the match, like who will score first, so that you don’t need to wait until the match is over. You can also bet after the match has started. The gap between placing the bet and finding out the outcome is shrinking.

The most extreme example of this is betting on micro events (or micro-betting). A micro event can be as small as who will win the next point in tennis, or what will happen in the next over in cricket. Australian wagering operators can offer these with the consent of sporting bodies, but many sporting bodies do not want to offer them because of the potential for corruption. It is far easier to get a player to lose one particular point than to get them to throw an entire match.

In Australia, recent reports into online betting have indicated that micro-betting is likely to be problematic, but that it may not be as simple as outlawing it, because bettors who want to bet on this form can simply go to offshore betting sites. This means that Australian regulators can do less to keep Australian bettors safe, as they have less control over offshore sites.

Our work indicates that, of a sample of 600+ sports bettors who take part in micro-betting, only 5% are non-problem gamblers. Given that micro-betting essentially mimics one of the most dangerous features of pokies – continuous betting – and that this form appeals almost exclusively to those who are experiencing or are likely to experience gambling problems, our research suggests that regulators everywhere need to consider whether this form of sports betting should be allowed.

This is timely research because sports betting legislation is changing in multiple countries around the world, and research like this helps them to make key decisions.

If you would like to take part in research like this, please sign up to our research panel

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No. Much of our research is focused on gambling, but we recognise that gambling is linked to other behaviours, like drinking and smoking.

Not at all. It is often particularly useful to compare people who gamble to people who do not, to understand differences.

Our surveys will include a mix of very short surveys and longer surveys, usually with a cap at about 20 minutes (although some people are slower or faster than others, so this may vary). Our aim is not to burden you with surveys, but also to keep you engaged.

A lot of our work is based on surveys, but we also strive to make surveys as interesting as possible. Our surveys may include videos, or fun tasks, rather than simply answering questions. It all depends on whether we can use fun techniques to answer the research question we’re interested in. But we may also ask you to take part in other types of research, such as coming into a lab to work more directly with us, or answering interviews via the telephone or Skype or similar. You can choose to take part if you like, but you are under no obligation to take part in all of our research.

No! We know that your time is important. However, it helps our research if you take part in more surveys, and we run regular prize draws.

Prizes will be gift card through Prezzee. We want to give you flexibility in terms of gift cards, and Prezzee allows you to choose from many different gift card providers.

First, check your junk mail! We often find that they end up in junk mail folders. Failing that, please contact us at Note that it can take a few days to process a gift card claim, especially over weekends or public holidays.

You may have been automatically enrolled in the panel because you had previously taken part in our research and agreed to be recontacted. Some of you have already taken part in multiple projects from us in the past. You were effectively already on a panel of research participants, but now we’re formalising this into a proper study. We even gave the study a name: LEWiS.

Of course! Our research is completely voluntary. All emails from the panel software should include an opt out link at the bottom. If you are having problems with that, please contact us at and we’ll sort it out.

We’ll consider this on a case by case basis. Our aim is to be fair to you.

Yes! When you take the first survey, there is an option to enter email addresses of your friends, family, whoever you feel would benefit from taking part. Alternatively, just send them to and they can join up themselves.