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Personal profile

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 2022

Research Output 2006 2019

Football, healing, and mental health recovery

Jeanes, R., Spaaij, R. & Magee, J., 2019, Sport, Mental Illness and Sociology. Atkinson, M. (ed.). 1st ed. Bingley UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, p. 161-176 16 p. (Research in the Sociology of Sport; vol. 11).

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

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

Participation-performance tension and gender affect recreational sports clubs’ engagement with children and young people with diverse backgrounds and abilities

Spaaij, R., Lusher, D., Jeanes, R., Farquharson, K., Gorman, S. & Magee, J., Apr 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 4, 13 p., e0214537.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Reading and writing the game: creative and dialogic pedagogies in sports education

Knijnik, J., Spaaij, R. & Jeanes, R., Jun 2019, In : Thinking Skills and Creativity. 32, p. 42-50 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prizes

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

Laura 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 2019

  • 2 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

International Sociology of Sport Association Conference

Ruth Jeanes (Speaker), Dawn Penney (Speaker), Ramon Spaaj (Speaker), Justen O'Connor (Speaker)
Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference 2017

Ruth Jeanes (Speaker), Dawn Penney (Speaker), Ramon Spaaj (Speaker), Justen O'Connor (Speaker)
Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

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 'has spin-off for pupils'

Ruth Jeanes

9/09/09

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Cricket 'helps cut bad behaviour'

Ruth Jeanes

9/09/09

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment