Simone Fullagar

Physical Culture, Sport and Health, Adjunct Professor, Griffith University, Australia, Prof

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Simone Fullagar is Professor of Physical Culture, Sport and Health at the University of Bath. 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 2015 her gender research was internationally recognised through the Shaw-Mannell Award for Leisure Research, University of Waterloo. Simone heads up the vibrant Physical Culture, Sport and Health research group at the University of Bath that critically and creatively explores issues of wellbeing across the lifecourse, digital cultures, sustainable cities and communities, education and development. Simone is also an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Australia, and along 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. She supervises PhD students with interests in qualitative methods, feminist and new materialist theories and social change.

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Projects 2014 2020

Creating a research agenda: Women, sport, mental health and cultures of safety

Fullagar, S. & Forsdyke, K.


Project: OtherInternational Collaboration

training opportunities
knowledge transfer
public space

Fellow Dr Oliver Williams - Dan Hill Fellowship in Health Equity Award

Fullagar, S.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 1996 2019

Feminism and a vital politics of depression and recovery

Fullagar, S., O'Brien, W. & Pavlidis, A., 2 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Feminist Knowledges as Interventions in Physical Cultures

Fullagar, S., Rich, E., Pavlidis, A. & Van Ingen, C., 13 Feb 2019, In : Leisure Sciences. 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

‘Jobs for the boys’: women don’t get a fair go in sports administration

Fullagar, S. & O'Shea, M., 2 Apr 2019, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

All in good fun: Governing camp experiences through discourses of ‘good’ and ‘fun'

Baker, A., O'Brien, W. & Fullagar, S., 8 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Leisure Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Climbing Walls, Making Bridges: Capoeira, Parkour and Children of Immigrants' Identity Negotiations in Turin's Public Spaces

Author: De Martini Ugolotti, N., 3 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Fullagar, S. (Supervisor) & Silk, M. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD