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Emma Sherry is a Professor at Swinburne University, specialising in the area of sport for development and is currently Department Chair for Management and Marketing in the Swinburne Business School. Emma has completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Business (Sport Management) and PhD at Deakin University. Emma's PhD studies investigated conflict of interest in the Australian Football League.

Emma’s current research interests include community development through sport activities, undertaking a broad range of research projects with national and regional sport organisations in Australia and globally including the Commonwealth Secretariat, Victorian Government, VicHealth, Netball Australia, National Rugby League, Australian Football League, and Tennis Australia. Other recent research has included access and equity in sport participation, sport in correctional facilities, and sport and recreation for at-risk and marginalised communities. Emma is currently supervising a number of PhD students in the areas of: sport for development, elite athlete career transition and social impact of sport for Australian Indigenous communities.

Emma is on the editorial board of Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, Communications and Sport Journal, and Sport Business Management: an International Journal.

Outside of her academic career, Emma has worked in roles in the area of sport facility and event management and recreation management within the local government and university sport sectors. Emma is the President of Tennis Victoria, and sits as a Trustee on the Melbourne Olympic Park Trust (appointed).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, La Trobe University


  • 2008 
    Deakin University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2008 
    Deakin University, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • 1999 
    Deakin University, Master of Sport Management
  • 1996 
    The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts

Research Areas

  • Sport And Leisure Management (150404)