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Biography

Dr Ruth Jeanes is an Associate Professor within the Faculty of Education and Director of Initial Teacher Education. Ruth is a social scientist whose research interests focus on the use of sport and active recreation as a community development resource, particularly to address social exclusion amongst acutely marginalised groups.

Ruth's research has attracted a range of external funding. She is lead investigator on a recently awarded ARC Linkage grant 'Informal sport as a health and social resources amongst diverse young people' ($250,000) with co-investigators Dr Justen O' Connor, Professor Dawn Penney and Professor Ramon Spaaij and in partnership with VicHealth, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Cricket Victoria and the Department of local governernment, sport and cultural industries. This study builds on a recently completed project also funded by the ARC Linkage scheme ($200,000) for a project 'Participation versus performance: Managing (dis) ability, gender and cultural diversity in Junior Sport'. The grant team was led by Professor Ramon Spaaij from Victoria University.

Methodologically Ruth seeks to give voice to disempowered individuals and communities within her research by drawing on a range of participatory approaches developed from her PhD. Ruth's PhD thesis utilised feminist post-structuralism to examine the role of sport and specifically soccer in the construction of girls' gender identities and she has developed this area to research and continues to publish on how constructions of gender and sport can facilitate and constrain girls' involvement in sport.

More recently, Ruth's research has examined the role of sport in assisting young homeless men to connect with support services, to support identity (re) construction amongst men experiencing mental illness, and the ways in which newly arrived and refugee committees use sport when settling in Australia. Ruth has an ongoing interest in examining the experiences of young people with disabilities in sport and leisure contexts.   Internationally she has undertaken extensive research work in Zambia, examining the role of sport in HIV/AIDS education as a tool to empower young women and as means to foster hope and a sense of community amongst both men and women living in highly impoverished urban compounds. 

Ruth regularly conducts evaluations examining the impact of sport and social change initiatives for national and international agencies including UNICEF, the Football Foundation and Centre for Multicultural Youth. 

Ruth is President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies and is a member of several journal editorial boards including the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Sociology of Sport JournalManaging Sport and Leisure and Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. 

Research interests

  • Sport and international development
  • Social policy and sport
  • Coaching and community development
  • Gender, sport and physical education
  • Research methodologies and young people
  • Young people with disabilities, family and leisure

Supervision interests

I am interested in supervising students at Honours, PhD and masters level in the broad areas of

  • Sport and international development
  • Social policy and sport
  • Coaching and community development
  • Gender, sport and physical education
  • Research methodologies and young people
  • Young people with disabilities, family and leisure

Monash teaching commitment

 

  • EDF2172 Applied movement contexts in health and physical education 1
  • EDF3172 Inclusion and Diversity in Movement contexts
  • EDF3071 Community development and partnerships

Keywords

  • sport, social inclusion, social policy, diversity

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2011 2019

Belgravia Foundation Research Project

O'Connor, J., Jeanes, R. & Davis, S.

1/03/1830/11/18

Project: Research

Participation versus performance: Managing (dis)ability, gender and cultural in junior sport

Jeanes, R., Farquharson, K., Gorman, S., Lusher, D., Spaaij, R., Clark, S., Guerra, C. & McGill, S.

Australian Research Council (ARC)

1/01/1431/12/16

Project: Research

Research Output 2006 2019

Managing racism on the field in Australian junior sport

Farquharson, K., Spaaij, R., Gorman, S., Jeanes, R., Lusher, D. & Magee, J., 2019, Relating Worlds of Racism: Dehumanisation, Belonging and the Normativity of European Whiteness. Essed, P., Farquharson, K., Pillay, K. & White, E. J. (eds.). 1st ed. Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 165-189 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Using a scale to explore pre-service physical education teachers’ attitudes towards difference: methodological opportunities and tensions

O'Connor, J., Alfrey, L., Jeanes, R. & Penney, D., 2019, Researching Difference in Sport and Physical Activity. Medcalf, R. & Mackintosh, C. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 85-98 14 p. (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Developing participation opportunities for young people with disabilities? Policy enactment and social inclusion in Australian junior sport

Jeanes, R., Spaaij, R., Magee, J., Farquharson, K., Gorman, S. & Lusher, D., Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Sport in Society. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Diversity work in community sport organizations: commitment, resistance and institutional change

Spaaij, R., Magee, J., Farquharson, K., Gorman, S., Jeanes, R., Lusher, D. & Storr, R., 1 May 2018, In : International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 53, 3, p. 278-295 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Is sport for development already an anachronism in the age of austerity or can it be a space of hope?

Rossi, T. & Jeanes, R., 2 Jan 2018, In : International Journal of Sport Policy. 10, 1, p. 185-201 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

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

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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Research, Social and Economic Impact

Ruth Jeanes (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Sociology of Sport Journal Outstanding Article of the Year

Ruth Jeanes (Recipient) & Jonathan David Magee (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Australian and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies (External organisation)

Ruth Jeanes (Executive Member)
5 Dec 201531 Dec 2017

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Press / Media

Unwelcome, unsafe: teams for those left on the sideline

Ruth Jeanes

8/10/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Diversity a boon for junior sports but clubs under pressure to perform

Ruth Jeanes

30/03/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Cricket 'helps cut bad behaviour'

Ruth Jeanes

9/09/09

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Cricket 'has spin-off for pupils'

Ruth Jeanes

9/09/09

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment