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I am the Associate Dean of Graduate Research in the Faculty of Education. In this role I work with the graduate portfolio team to ensure that all of our 330+ PhD students are well supervised and on track to get their doctorates. I joined the Faculty in 2018 as Professor of Sport, Health and Physical Education. I have worked in tertiary education since 1992. My teaching is primarily connected with researching in education (e.g. the Graduate Certificate of Educational Research) and in the area of health and physical education.

The context of my research focuses on sport, education and health and with concerns about gender, ethnicites and sexualities. I am particularly interested in how people are shaped by the workings of power and how, in turn, power relations can be shaped by people. Through examining how power ‘works’, I am hopeful that we can make a positive difference in people’s lives. 

Prior to coming to Monash University, I have worked at the University of Auckland (as Associate Dean Postgraduate Research within the Faculty of Education and Social Work), the University of Waikato and Auckland University of Technology. I have also taught health and physical education and economics at secondary schools.

Research interests

I am a critical qualitative researcher who primarily draws from post-structural theorists to examine socio-cultural and pedagogical issues associated with sport, HPE and exercise, particularly in relation to: injury and pain; gender/sexualities; health, fitness, obesity; embodiment; sports media, the Olympics and elite sport governance, youth sport and coaching. I am interested in how we can use research to make a critical difference in people's lives. My doctorate drew on Foucauldian tools to critically examine rugby union’s influence on masculinities and gender relations in Aotearoa New Zealand.


I currently serve on the editorial boards of the European Journal for Sport and Society, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport (since 2014) and Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education. I am also an Associate Editor for the The History, Culture and Sociology of Sports: Frontiers in Sport and Active Living. I have previously been the associate editor for the Sociology of Sport Journal (2010-12) and I have served on the editorial boards of the Sociology of Sport Journal (2008-09) Annals of Leisure Research (2006-2018) and the Asia Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education (2010-2017).


I am the co-author of Foucault, Sport and Exercise: Power, Knowledge and transforming the Self (with Pirkko Markula) and Sport and the Social Significance of Pleasure (with Robert Rinehart and Jayne Caudwell) and co-editor of Examining sport histories: Power, paradigms, and reflexivity (with Murray Phillips) and Critical Research in sport, health and physical education: how to make a difference (with Goran Gerdin and Hakan Larsson). I have also co-edited two special editions of Annals of Leisure Research (Vol 142011, double volume: 181 p.: with Ruth Sibson) and (Vol 10, 2007, double volume 337 p.: with Tess Kay and John Jenkins).



Supervision interests

I am always interested in talking to prospective graduate students about their research interests and how I could help them. I am particularly interested in working with students who aspire to be critical qualitative researchers. Given my interdisciplinary background I have supervised students who have drawn on a range of methods (e.g. ethnography, Foucualdian analysis, narrative inquiry, in-depth interviews, participant-observation, genealogy, 'new' materialist approaches, and phenomenology) and have examined a range of topics, including:


• E-motion: guilt and women’s bodies  

• Performing masculinities in school physical education  

• Lifestyle sports, participation and ethics

• A Foucauldian genealogy of women’s football in New Zealand

• Formula one, ‘agency’ and the fan  

• Using social theories to explore female youth physical culture (snow-boarding)

• International students: linguistics, power and schooling

• Schooling, physical culture and homosexualities

• Chinese women’s understandings of western sport

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

Research area keywords

  • sport sociology
  • physical education
  • health education
  • genders/sexualities
  • pain and injury
  • Foucault
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • poststructuralism
  • (new) materialism
  • pleasure/affect
  • critical research
  • Ethnography


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