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Lyndsay M.C. Hayhurst

Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Canada

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in Toronto, Canada. My research interests include sport for development and peace, gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health in/through SDP, cultural studies of girlhood, postcolonial feminist theory, global governance, international relations and corporate social responsibility. I am co-editor (with Tess Kay and Megan Chawansky) of Beyond Sport for Development and Peace: Transnational perspectives on theory, policy and practice, and my publications have appeared in Women’s Studies International Forum; Gender, Place & Culture; Third World Quarterly and Sociology of Sport Journal. My current Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada-funded and Canadian Foundation for Innovation research focuses on two projects: the first (with Brian Wilson, Brad Millington and Rob Vanwysenberghe) focuses on the use of non-human objects and technologies in sport for development and peace – in particular, the bicycle – as possible catalysts for development. The second study (with Audrey Giles, Steven Rynne and Tony Rossi) investigates how the politics of privatized aid provided by the extractives sector shapes domestic sport-focused health and development interventions that target Indigenous youth in Canada and Australia. The third study focuses on the use of sport as a tool for gender-based violence prevention and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights. I previously worked for the United Nations Development Programme in New York and Right to Play in Toronto.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Canada


  • 2011 
    University of Toronto , Socio-cultural Studies of Sport and Health