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 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 design-thinking and Universal Design for Learning principles to design and implement a more inclusive and educative approach to fitness testing in schools.

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.

External positions

Editor, Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education

2019 → …

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

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Research Output

Creativity in Australian health and physical education curriculum and pedagogy

Welch, R., Alfrey, L. & Harris, A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Sport, Education and Society. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Critical pedagogy and curriculum transformation in Secondary Health and Physical Education

Alfrey, L. & O'Connor, J., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Figuring out the prevalence of fitness testing in physical education: a figurational analysis

Alfrey, L. & Gard, M., 2019, In : European Physical Education Review. 25, 1, p. 187-202 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)

Intergenerational understandings of personal, social and community assets for health

O'Connor, J. P., Alfrey, L., Hall, C. & Burke, G., May 2019, In : Health and Place. 57, p. 218-227 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


Best Paper award for 2017 in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy journal

Alfrey, Laura (Recipient), O'Connor, Justen (Recipient) & Jeanes, Ruth (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

First Prize: Research Poster Presentation

Alfrey, Laura (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media


Laura Alfrey


1 Media contribution

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