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Associate Professor in Sport Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Rowena Naidoo is an Associate Professor/biokineticist in the Discipline of Biokinetics, Exercise, and Leisure Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a Developing Research Innovation, Localisation and Leadership (DRILL) fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In 2020, Prof Naidoo led the development and writing of two international policy briefs specifically on physical activity and health for children and adolescents during COVID-19 and Beyond. She is also a founding executive member of the International Society of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. More recently, Prof Naidoo has been appointed as the Partnerships Director for the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) and as a World Health Organisation (WHO) Physical Activity Consultant.

Prof Naidoo is currently a “Clean Sport Educator”, part of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport, and is the recipient of the World Anti-Doping Association Social Science research grant to develop an innovative anti-doping program for adolescents.


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Sport Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal


  • 2010 
    University of KwaZulu-Natal, PhD Sports Science