Simone Fullagar, FAcSS, is Professor of Sport Management at Griffith University. As an interdisciplinary sociologist Simone’s work has focused on understanding how gender inequalities impact on women’s sport and leisure participation, representation and leadership, as well as their health and emotional wellbeing in society. Simone has led Australian Research Council funded projects that examine women's and young people's mental health as a sociocultural issue. She has published widely on the sociology of health and diverse sport and leisure cultures, including publishing the first academic book on the rise of roller derby in Australia (with Adele Pavlidis), a new book on Feminism and a Vital Politics of Depression and Recovery (2019 with O’Brien and Pavlidis) as well as articles on cycle touring, parkrun inclusion, diverse family participation and the role of active embodiment in mental health. Simone is Chair of the Sport and Gender Equity research hub (SAGE) that involves Griffith sport colleagues in researching gender inequity to effect change within and beyond sport. She is also an active member and mentor in the Griffith University Gender Equality Network (GERN) and Centre for Social and Cultural Research.

Simone was previously Chair of the Physical Culture, Sport and Health research group at the University of Bath, UK and was appointed as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK (2019).  She is also the first Australian recipient of the Shaw-Mannell Award for Leisure Research, University of Waterloo, that recognised her international contribution to gender research in 2015. Simone supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students with interests in qualitative methods, feminist and new materialist theories and social change within and beyond sport. You can find Simone on Twitter @simonefullagar.

Professor Simone Fullagar currently teaches Sport Development Systems, Athlete Management Principles (undergraduate) and Sport Facility Management (postgraduate).

Research expertise

  • Gender inequity in sport and physical culture participation, policy, management, leadership/governance and organisational culture/capacity
  • Gendered and feminist perspectives on embodied health and emotional well-being/mental health
  • Social inclusion in sport cultures (gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disAbility, age, religion and socioeconomic difference)
  • Post-structuralist, new materialist and feminist theories
  • Qualitative and post-qualitative methodologies, arts-based and participatory approaches

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