Professor, Physical Culture, Sport and Health and Adjunct Professor, Griffith University, Australia, University of Bath

Simone Fullagar is Professor of Physical Culture, Sport and Health at the University of Bath. 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 2015 her gender research was internationally recognised through the Shaw-Mannell Award for Leisure Research, University of Waterloo. Simone heads up the vibrant Physical Culture, Sport and Health research group at the University of Bath that critically and creatively explores issues of wellbeing across the lifecourse, digital cultures, sustainable cities and communities, education and development. Simone is also an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Australia, and along with Professor Kristine Toohey and Griffith colleagues she is a founding member of the Women and Girls in Sport interest group that aims to contribute to greater equality. She supervises PhD students with interests in qualitative methods, feminist and new materialist theories and social change.


  • 2014–2019
    Professor, University of Bath


  • 1999 
    University of New South Wales, PhD Sociology