Department for Health

Professor Simone Fullagar

Professor of sport social sciences with particular expertise in the socio-cultural analysis of physical cultures and leisure, tourism and health/mental health practices

Simone Fullgar

Professor of sport and physical cultural studies PhD, BA(Leis St)(Hons)

1 West 3.119
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5654

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PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising new PhD students researching these qualitative topics:

  • physical cultural studies
  • embodied mental health
  • sport leadership, power and diverse participation
  • sport, active living and health policy
  • active tourism and slow movements
  • changing urban space

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I am an interdisciplinary sociologist who has published widely in the areas of mental health, active communities and social well-being, with a focus on leisure, events, sport and tourism experiences.

I am interested in the contribution of leisure, sport and tourism to social change, and have developed a particular focus on gender and diversity issues. Drawing upon contemporary theories of embodiment, governmentality and the bio-politics of health this research has contributed to critical debates about active living and mental health policy.

My professional background in community service management for diverse populations and inclusive approach to active participation has informed my teaching of critical management and leadership approaches, as well as community development processes.

I have received funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and university grants programs to conduct qualitative research into the sociocultural context of leisure and health issues. ARC Discovery projects include the significance of social and leisure practices in women’s recovery from depression and the socio-cultural context of youth suicide in rural and urban communities. Additionally, I have undertaken research on the challenges of promoting active family lifestyles in the 'risk society' as well as new work on the rise of the slow travel movement. I am currently completing a new book on the rise of roller derby as a new women's sport and cultural practice with co-author Dr Adele Pavlidis. The book explores questions of identity, power and affect in relation to the growth of roller derby at a time when women's participation has dropped in other organised sports.

Previously to joining the University of Bath, I was President of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies and was a Board member for ten years. I was also an Associate Editor for the international journal Leisure Sciences and Editor for the Journal of Sociology from 2008-2013.

Research interests

  • embodied cultures, (in)active subjects and social practices
  • connecting active living policy, social and individual wellbeing, physical and mental health
  • power, social inequality and inclusive participation in sport and leisure (class, gender, disability, ethnicity, sexuality, age)
  • critical reflexivity in sport, leisure and tourism management and qualitative methodologies
  • slow tourism/sport cultures and liveable cities

Current projects

  • Rethinking Women’s Recovery from Depression (Australian Research Council Discovery Project)
  • Exploring questions of liveability in South East Queensland, Australia (New Research Area Initiative grant, Griffith University)



Pavlidis, A. and Fullagar, S. P., 2014. Sport, Gender and Power:The rise of roller derby. Ashgate.

Fullagar, S., Markwell, K. W. and Wilson, E., 2012. Slow Tourism:Experiences and Mobilities. Channel View Publications.

Book Sections

Fullagar, S. and Pavlidis, A., 2017. Feminist Theories of Emotion and Affect in Sport. In: Mansfield, L., Cauldwell, J., Wheaton, B. and Watson, B., eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism in Sport, Leisure and Physical Education. Houndsmills, U. K.: Palgrave.

Fullagar, S., 2017. Forthcoming. Diffracting mind-body relations:Feminist materialism and the entanglement of physical culture in women’s recovery from depression. In: Newman, J., Thorpe, H. and Andrews, D., eds. Sport, Physical Culture, and the Moving Body. Rutgers University Press.

Fullagar, S., 2017. Mind-body relations in Physical Cultural Studies:Exploring the rise of a new corporeal therapeutics in mental health. In: Silk, M., Andrews, D. and Thorpe, H., eds. The Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies. London, U. K.: Routledge.

Fullagar, S., Pavlidis, A. and Francombe-Webb, J., 2017. Forthcoming. Feminist Theories after the post-structuralist turn. In: Feminisms in Leisure Studies: Advancing a fourth wave. Routledge.

Depper, A., Fullagar, S. and Francombe-Webb, J., 2017. Forthcoming. This Girl Can: The limitations of digital do-it-yourself empowerment in women's active embodiment campaigns. In: Digital Dilemmas: Transforming gender identities and power relations in everyday life. Palgrave.

Fullagar, S., 2016. Afterword. In: Thorpe, H. and Olive, R., eds. Women in Action Sport Cultures. Houndsmills: Palgrave.

Fullagar, S., 2016. Forthcoming. Physical cultural studies:health and embodied movement in the social context. In: Buneo, A., ed. Seminario Internacional Saude e movimento, Rede Governo Colaborativo em Saude. Federal University of Rio Grand do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Fullagar, S. and O'Brien, W., 2015. Speaking of suicide as a gendered problematic. In: White, J., Marsh, I., Kral, M. J. and Morris, J., eds. Critical Suicidology. Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press, pp. 94-114.

Fullagar, S. and Davidson, L., 2015. Leisure in Australia and New Zealand. In: Walker, G. J., Scott, D. and Stodolska, M., eds. Leisure Matters. Venture Publishing.

Pavlidis, A. and Fullagar, S. P., 2014. Women, sport and new media technologies:Derby grrrls online. In: Bennett, A. and Robards, B., eds. Mediated Youth Cultures. London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 164.

Fullagar, S. P., 2013. Women's leisure and the gendered politics of health. In: Freysinger, V. J., Shaw, S. M., Henderson, K. A. and Bialeschki, M. D., eds. Leisure, Women and Gender. Stage College, U. S. A.: Venture Publishing, pp. 435-438.

Fullagar, S., 2012. Gendered cultures of slow travel:Women's cycle touring as an alternative hedonism. In: Fullagar, S., Markwell, K. W. and Wilson, E., eds. Slow Tourism. Bristol, U. K: Channel View Publications, pp. 99-112. (Aspects of Tourism; 54)

Fullagar, S. P., 2012. Leisure and health. In: Veal, A. J., Darcy, S. and Lynch, R., eds. Australian Leisure (4th ed.). Sydney, Australia: Pearson, pp. 336-356.

Fullagar, S., 2010. Travelling with and beyond depression:women's narratives of recovery. In: Accessible Tourism. Bristol, U. K: Channel View Publications, pp. 123-138. (Aspects of Tourism; 45)

Fullagar, S., 2008. Governing healthy family lifestyles through discourses of risk and responsibility. In: Wright, J. and Harwood, V., eds. Biopolitics and the Obesity Epidemic. London, U. K.: Routledge, pp. 108-126. (Routledge Studies in Health and Social Welfare; 3)


Fullagar, S., Rich, E. and Francombe-Webb, J., 2017. New kinds of (ab)normal? Public pedagogies, affect and youth mental health in the digital age. Social Sciences, 6 (3), 99.

Wiltshire, G., Fullagar, S. and Stevinson, C., 2017. Forthcoming. Exploring parkrun as a social context for collective health practices: Running with and against the moral imperatives of health responsiblisation. Sociology of Health and Illness

Fullagar, S., 2017. Post-qualitative inquiry and the new materialist turn:implications for sport, health and physical culture research. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 9 (2), pp. 247-257.

Fullagar, S., Rich, E. and Francombe-Webb, J., 2017. Forthcoming. Youth mental health in the digital age: Understanding public pedagogies as affective arrangements. Social Sciences

Fullagar, S., Pavlidis, A. and Stadler, R., 2016. Forthcoming. Collaborative writing as rhizomatic practice:Critical moments of (un)doing doctoral supervision. Knowledge Cultures, 1.

Stadler, R. and Fullagar, S., 2016. Appreciating formal and informal knowledge transfer practices within creative Festival organizations. Journal of Knowledge Management, 20 (1), pp. 146-161.

Lloyd, K., Fullagar, S. and Reid, S., 2016. Where is the ‘social’ in constructions of ‘liveability’?:exploring community, social interaction and social cohesion in changing urban environments. Urban Policy and Research, 34 (4), pp. 343-355.

Pavlidis, A. and Fullagar, S., 2015. The pain and pleasure of roller derby:Thinking through affect and subjectification. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 18 (5), pp. 483-499.

Fullagar, S. P. and O'Brien, W., 2014. Social recovery and the move beyond deficit models of depression:A feminist analysis of mid-life women's self-care practices. Social Science and Medicine, 117, pp. 116-124.

Stadler, R., Fullagar, S. P. and Reid, S., 2014. The professionlization of festival organizations:A relational approach to knowledge management. Event Management, 18 (1), pp. 39-52.

Pavlidis, A. and Fullagar, S., 2013. Becoming roller derby grrrls:Exploring the gendered play of affect in mediated sport cultures. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 48 (6), pp. 673-688.

Fullagar, S., Pavlidis, A., Reid, S. and Lloyd, K., 2013. Living it up in the ‘new world city’:High-rise development and the promise of liveability. Annals of Leisure Research, 16 (4), pp. 280-296.

Pavlidis, A. and Fullagar, S., 2013. Narrating the multiplicity of ‘Derby Grrrl’:Exploring intersectionality and the dynamics of affect in Roller Derby. Leisure Sciences, 35 (5), pp. 422-437.

Harrington, M. and Fullagar, S., 2013. Challenges for active living provision in an era of healthism. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 5 (2), pp. 139-157.

Stadler, R., Reid, S. and Fullagar, S., 2013. An ethnographic exploration of knowledge practices within the Queensland Music Festival. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 4 (2), pp. 90-106.

Fullagar, S. and O'Brien, W., 2013. Problematizing the neurochemical subject of anti-depressant treatment:The limits of biomedical responses to women's emotional distress. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 17 (1), pp. 57-74.

Fullagar, S. and O'Brien, W., 2012. Immobility, battles, and the journey of feeling alive:Women's metaphors of self-transformation through depression and recovery. Qualitative Health Research, 22 (8), pp. 1063-1072.

Fullagar, S., 2012. Critical pedagogies:A reflexive approach to knowledge creation in tourism and hospitality studies. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 19 (1), pp. 1-6.

Fullagar, S. and Pavlidis, A., 2012. “It's all about the journey”:Women and cycling events. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 3 (2), pp. 149-170.

Fullagar, S. P. and Harrington, M. A., 2011. Negotiating the policy imperative to be healthy:Australian family repertoires of risk, leisure, and healthy lifestyles. Annals of Leisure Research, 12 (2), pp. 195-215.

Fullagar, S., 2009. Negotiating the neurochemical self:Anti-depressant consumption in women's recovery from depression. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 13 (4), pp. 389-406.

Fullagar, S., 2008. Sites of somatic subjectivity:E-scaped mental health promotion and the biopolitics of depression. Social Theory & Health, 6 (4), pp. 323-341.

Fullagar, S., 2008. Leisure practices as counter-depressants:Emotion-work and emotion-play within women's recovery from depression. Leisure Sciences, 30 (1), pp. 35-52.

O'Brien, W. and Fullagar, S. P., 2008. Rethinking the relapse cycle of women's depression and recovery. Social Alternatives, 24 (4), pp. 6-13.

Fleming, C. and Fullagar, S., 2007. Reflexive methodologies:an autoethnography of the gendered performance of sport/management. Annals of Leisure Research, 10 (3-4), pp. 238-256.

Fullagar, S., Gilchrist, H. and Sullivan, G., 2007. The construction of youth suicide as a community issue in urban and regional Australia. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 6 (2).

Gattuso, S., Fullagar, S. and Young, I., 2005. Speaking of women's ‘nameless misery’:the everyday construction of depression in Australian women's magazines. Social Science and Medicine, 61 (8), pp. 1640-1648.

Fullagar, S. P., 2005. The paradox of promoting help-seeking:suicide, risk and the governance of youth. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 14, pp. 31-51.

Fullagar, S., 2004. On restlessness and patience:reading desire in Bruce Chatwin's narratives of travel. Tourist Studies, 4 (1), pp. 5-20.

Fullagar, S. and Darcy, S., 2004. Critical points against an Australasian Therapeutic Recreation Association:towards community leisure through enabling justice. Annals of Leisure Research, 7 (2), pp. 95-103.

Fullagar, S., 2004. Post-structuralist philosophies:towards an etho-politics of everyday leisure practices. World Leisure Journal, 46 (1), pp. 14-22.

Fullagar, S., 2003. Wasted lives:The social dynamics of shame and youth suicide. Journal of Sociology, 39 (3), pp. 291-307.

Fullagar, S. P. and Brown, P. R., 2003. Everyday temporalities:leisure, ethics and young women’s emotional wellbeing. Annals of Leisure Research, 6 (3), pp. 193-208.

Fullagar, S., 2003. Governing women's active leisure:the gendered effects of calculative rationalities within Australian health policy. Critical Public Health, 13 (1), pp. 47-60.

Fullagar, S. and Gattuso, S., 2002. Rethinking gender, risk and depression in Australian mental health policy. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 1 (3).

Fullagar, S., 2002. Governing the healthy body:discourses of leisure and lifestyle within Australian health policy. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 6 (1), pp. 69-84.

Fullagar, S., 2002. Narratives of travel:Desire and the movement of feminine subjectivity. Leisure Studies, 21 (1), pp. 57-74.

Fullagar, S., 2001. Encountering otherness:embodied affect in Alphonso Lingis' travel writing. Tourist Studies, 1 (2), pp. 171-183.

Fullagar, S., 2001. Desire, death and wonder:reading Simone de Beauvoir's narratives of travel. Cultural Values, 5 (3), pp. 289-305.

Fullagar, S., 2000. Desiring nature:identity and becoming in narratives of travel. Cultural Values, 4 (1), pp. 58-76.

Fullagar, S. and Owler, K., 1998. Narratives of leisure:recreating the self. Disability & Society, 13 (3), pp. 441-450.

Fullagar, S. P. and Hailstone, S., 1996. Shifting the ground:feminist theory in the outdoors. Social Alternatives, 15 (2), pp. 23-27.


Merchant, S., De Pian, L. and Fullagar, S., 2016. The Touch Diaries Workshops: An Evaluation. Arts Council England.

Conference or Workshop Items

Wiltshire, G., Stevinson, C. and Fullagar, S., 2016. Parkrun, health and the enactment of body projects. In: European Society for Health and Medical Sociology, 2016-06-20 - 2016-06-22, Geneva.

Francombe-Webb, J., Silk, M., Fullagar, S. and Rich, E., 2014. Slowing the Social Sciences of Sport: Digitality, Pedagogy and the Neoliberal Learning Context. In: North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference, 2014-11-04, USA.

Non-academic press

Fullagar, S., 2016. Parkrun is an important movement – and should remain free for participants. The Conversation

Fullagar, S. and Francombe-Webb, J., 2015. This Girl Can Campaign is all about sex, not sport. The Conversation

Fullagar, S., Manley, A. and Silk, M., 2014. Glossy new London’s Olympic legacy is letting down women. The Conversation

Fullagar, S. and Francombe-Webb, J., 2014. Choosing sport is not easy for women in a society obsessed with body image. The Conversation

Fullagar, S., 2013. More than speed, strength and winning:the pleasures of ‘slow sport’ cultures. The Conversation

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