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Dr Sheree Bekker was born in South Africa, grew up in Botswana, completed her PhD in Australia, and now calls Bath (UK) home.

She believes in cultivating connection, and works to do the kind of person-centred research that begins to better hold space for the uncomfortable, messy, and difficult questions that the world is currently grappling with – for kinder, more nuanced, and more just outcomes

Sheree is committed to research and practice that works with the inherent complexity of people and societies, rather than controlling for it, or writing it out.

This translates to public health research, policy, and advocacy, with a focus on sports injury prevention.

This underpins her work as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Injury Prevention in the Department for Health at the University of Bath. At Bath, she is Co-Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research, leadership team member of the Injury Prevention Research Group, and a member of the Gender and Sexuality Research Group. She also serves as the Deputy-Director for Equality and Diversity in the Department for Health.

Internationally, Sheree is an Early Career Representative for the International Society for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, and a founding member of the Qualitative Research in Sports Medicine (QRSMed) special interest group. In 2020 she was appointed as an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and in 2021 she was appointed Qualitative Research Editor of BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine.

She completed a Prize Research Fellowship in Injury Prevention at the University of Bath from 2018-2020, and received the 2019 British Journal of Sports Medicine Editor’s Choice Academy Award for her PhD research.

Pronouns: She/her/hers

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Federation University

Award Date: 15 May 2018


  • Complexity
  • Injury Prevention
  • Safety Promotion
  • Safeguarding
  • Sport
  • Qualitative
  • Implementation
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Sex
  • Gender
  • Safety
  • Harassment and Abuse


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