Women in Sport

Women in Sport is area of enquiry that explores society through the lens of women’s participation in sport. Research in this area addresses topics such as the sporting history of women in leadership positions, the media representation of women athletes, and the role that women’s volunteering plays in community sport settings. Women in Sport has taken on a new timeliness with the introduction of the national Women’s AFL and the broad uptake of this discussion in mainstream Australian consciousness.

In 2017 CSRR brought together an interdisciplinary team of researchers to frame a reflection on the commencement of the Women’s AFL. This collaboration has extended in 2018 with an exhibition at the John Curtin Gallery, which brings together artists and researchers around the theme of contesting space and women in sport. This exhibition is a launching point for continued collaboration and enquiry in this area.

Principal Areas of Enquiry:

Contemporary Issues

Lead Researchers:

Professor Marian Tye - Centre for Sport and Recreation Research
Professor Michele Willson - School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, Curtin University

Research Team:

Dr Robyn Creagh, Dr Kerreen Ely-Harper, Madison Magladry

Project Collection


Contesting Space 1: Women in Sport: Exhibition

Contesting Space 1: Women in Sport: Catalogue

Framing the Women’s AFL: Contested Spaces and Emerging Narratives of Hope and Opportunity for Women in Sport