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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.

Sheree works to do the kind of person-centred research that begins to better hold space for the uncomfortable, messy, and difficult questions that the sporting world (and beyond) is currently grappling with - for kinder, more nuanced, and more inclusive outcomes. This translates to research, policy, and advocacy in the multifaceted areas of: i) the prevention of unintentional and intentional injury in sport, ii) women’s inclusion in sport (including trans women), and iii) the recognition and respect of athlete voice.

She works on these issues by drawing on complexity theory, implementation-science informed approaches, and by using qualitative methods. Her research pays active attention to the recognition of child and human rights.

This is a commitment that underpins her work as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Sports Injury Prevention in the Department for Health at the University of Bath, and as Co-Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research at Bath. Sheree also serves as the Deputy-Director for Equality and Diversity in the Department for Health. She is an Early Career Representative for the International Society for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, and is affiliated with the international Complex System Approach in Sport and Health collaboration.

Sheree was a Prize Research Fellow 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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Federation University


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

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Research Output

Bringing complexity to sports injury prevention research: from simplification to explanation

Bekker, S. & Clark, A. M., Dec 2016, In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. 50, 24, p. 1489-1490 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
19 Citations (Scopus)
79 Downloads (Pure)

Too much information? A document analysis of sport safety resources from key organisations

Bekker, S. & Finch, C. F., 1 Jun 2016, In : BMJ Open. 6, 5, p. e010877

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    32 Downloads (Pure)

    The translation of sports injury prevention and safety promotion knowledge: insights from key intermediary organisations

    Bekker, S., Paliadelis, P. & Finch, C. F., 28 Mar 2017, In : Health Research Policy and Systems. 15, 1, p. 25

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    79 Downloads (Pure)

    The fallacy of amelioration: Thinking through Knowledge Translation in sport and exercise medicine

    Bekker, S., Paliadelis, P. & Finch, C. F., 31 Jul 2018, In : Translational Sports Medicine. 1, 4, p. 166-171 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 10 Downloads (Pure)

    The efficacy of an iterative "sequence of prevention" approach to injury prevention by a multidisciplinary team in professional rugby union

    Tee, J. C., Bekker, S., Collins, R., Klingbiel, J., van Rooyen, I., van Wyk, D., Till, K. & Jones, B., 1 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 21, 9, p. 899-904 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    35 Downloads (Pure)