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 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) and feminist papers on cycle touring, parkrun, family practices and the role of active embodiment in mental health. In collaboration with Griffith colleagues she is a founding member of the Women and Girls in Sport interest group that aims to contribute to greater equality in all aspects of sport.

In 2015 her gender research was internationally recognised through the Shaw-Mannell Award for Leisure Research, University of Waterloo. Simone was previously Chair of the Physical Culture, Sport and Health research group at the University of Bath, UK and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK (2019). She supervises PhD students with interests in qualitative methods, feminist and new materialist theories and social change within and beyond sport.

Professor Simone Fullagar's current teaching area is Athlete Management Principles .

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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