Laura Alfrey


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am happy to discuss any research projects related to Health and Physical Education, sport, physical activity, inclusion, and/or professional development.


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Personal profile


Laura is currently Course Leader for the Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education). 

She has published widely in top-ranking international journals including Sport, Education and Society, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, European Physical Education Review and Health and Place.

Laura is on the Editorial Board for Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education, the International Advisory Board for European Physical Education Review and the College of Reviewers for Sport, Education and Society. She works closely with ACHPER (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation) and is on the ACHPER Tertiary Engagement and Research subcommittee.

Research interests

Laura's research focuses on Health and Physical education (HPE), sport, active recreation and physical activity contexts, and the ways which policy, professional learning and practice contribute to inclusive and educative experiences for young people. Her research attends to three of the five Faculty of Education research themes, namely 'Transforming Teaching and Learning', 'Educating for Diversity and Inclusion' and 'Enhancing Health and Wellbeing'.

Over the past 15 years, Laura has developed expertise in a range of innovative research methods, and has experience working with children, young people, teachers, coaches, not-for-profit organisations and policy-makers. In the past 10 years, Laura has attracted over $700,000 in research funding.

Some of Laura’s current projects include:

Fitness testing in HPE - using participatory methods, and youth voice inparticular, to design and implement a more inclusive and educative approach to fitness testing in schools.

The policy work of educators - an international community of learners - including teachers, curriculum officers, teacher educators and researchers - is exploring the policy work of educators internationally, and aims to support others in doing this work in their respective contexts.

EDUHEALTH - identifying examples of best practice in HPE, paying particular attention to inclusion.

Diversity and inclusion in sport and HPE - exploring the impact of professional development on teachers’ and coaches’ abilities to understand diversity and create inclusive learning/coaching contexts.

Broadly, Laura's research interests include:

  • Health and Physical Education curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • Transforming teaching and learning
  • Policy 
  • Supporting diversity and inclusion in education and community settings (e.g. active recreation, physical activity)
  • Youth voice and co-design
  • Enhancing health and wellbeing

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Editor, Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education

2019 → …

Tertiary Education and Research Portfolio - Subcommittee of Board, Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER Inc)

1 Dec 2018 → …

International Advisory Board, European Physical Education Review

2017 → …

Research area keywords

  • Health and Physical Education
  • Teachers
  • Professional development
  • Inclusion
  • Sociology
  • Sport and Physical Activity
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Policy


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