Department for Health

Sports and social science research boosted by arrival of Professor Fullagar

Wed Feb 26 16:33:00 GMT 2014

Simone Fullagar

— Professor Fullagar will play an important role in developing our research around sports and social sciences.


Professor Simone Fullagar, expert in sport and physical cultural studies, has joined our Department for Health having moved from Australia.

An interdisciplinary sociologist, Professor Fullagar has expertise in the analysis of the links between sport, leisure, tourism and health, including mental health. She has also developed a particular focus on gender and diversity issues.

Further to previous academic roles at Griffith University, Australia, Professor Fullagar’s work will strengthen the area of sport and social science and contribute to our physical cultural studies group. This is the first time a Professorship has been offered in this area.

Widely published on topics including mental health, active communities and social well-being, her past research has contributed to critical debates about active living and mental health policy.

As part of previous work, funded by the Australian Research Council, she identified how social and leisure practices assisted women’s recovery from depression; as well as looking at constructions of youth suicide in rural and urban communities, the slow travel movement, and the challenges of promoting active family lifestyles in the context of social inequality.

Professor Fullagar’s research and teaching is informed by a professional background in community service management for diverse populations as well as an inclusive approach to active participation.

Commenting on her arrival at Bath, she said:  “I am very pleased to be joining the fantastic staff and students in the sport and social science discipline at the University of Bath.

“Having relocated from Australia to Bath I look forward to engaging in the lively academic – and sport – cultures that connect the many discipline areas across the university.

“To counter the ‘climate shock’ of moving from summer to mid-winter, I have particularly enjoyed walking to work and the spectacular views over the city!”

She was previously President of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies having also served as a board member for ten years. She is also an Associate Editor for the international journal Leisure Sciences and, from 2008-13, was an Editor for the Journal of Sociology.

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