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Professor, Gender Equity in Sport, Griffith University

Simone Fullagar is Professor of Sport Management at Griffith University. As an interdisciplinary sociologist Simone’s work has focused on understanding how gender inequalities impact on women’s sport and leisure participation, representation and leadership, as well as their health and emotional wellbeing in society. Simone has led funded projects that examine women's and young people's mental health as a sociocultural issue. She has published widely on the sociology of health and diverse sport and leisure cultures, including publishing the first academic book on the rise of roller derby in Australia (with Adele Pavlidis) and feminist papers on cycle touring, parkrun, family practices and the role of active embodiment in mental health. In collaboration with Professor Kristine Toohey and Griffith colleagues she is a founding member of the Women and Girls in Sport interest group that aims to contribute to greater equality.

In 2015 her gender research was internationally recognised through the Shaw-Mannell Award for Leisure Research, University of Waterloo. Simone was previously Chair of the Physical Culture, Sport and Health research group at the University of Bath, UK. She supervises PhD students with interests in qualitative methods, feminist and new materialist theories and social change within and beyond sport.


  • 2019–present
    Professor, Griffith University
  • 2014–2019
    Professor, University of Bath


  • 1999 
    University of New South Wales, PhD Sociology


Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences (UK)