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Professor in Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture, University of Waikato

Dr Thorpe is a Professor in Te Huataki Waiora School of Health at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. She works primarily in the field of the sociology of sport and physical culture, with her research interests including sport in post-disaster and conflict zones, gender, youth culture, action sports, social theory, and qualitative methods. She is a recipient of both Fulbright and Leverhulme Fellowships, and author of Transnational Mobilities in Action Sport Cultures (2014) and Snowboarding Bodies in Theory and Practice (2011). In 2018 she won the Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for her contributions to the Social Sciences.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Sport, Waikato University


  • 2007 
    University of Waikato, PhD/Sociology of Sport