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

Her transdisciplinary research contributes critical insights across a range of contemporary challenges in Sport and Exercise Medicine, with a focus on those in sports injury prevention. Her current research is focused on two key strands: 1) understanding the influence of gendered environments on sports injury, and 2) conceptualising gender inclusive sport. She takes a translational approach to this research, with the aim of providing innovative considerations that are useful in policy and practice.

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, and a member of the Centre for Health and Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport (CHI2PS) and the Gender and Sexuality Research Group.

Internationally, she is an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and a Qualitative Research Editor for BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine. She is also a founding member of the Qualitative Research in Sports Medicine (QRSMed) special interest group.

Sheree 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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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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