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Professor and Dean, RMIT University

Emma Sherry is a Professor and Dean at the RMIT University School of Management. 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. Other recent research has included access and equity in sport, and sport and recreation for at-risk and marginalised communities.

Emma is on the editorial board of Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, and European Sport Management Quarterly.

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 has held numerous board director roles with organisations such as Tennis Victoria, Vicsport and the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust. Emma currently sits as a Director for Sport Inclusion Australia, and on the advisory board of the Australian Sport Innovation Centre of Excellence.


  • –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)