Dr Kate Russell

PhD(Coventry), BSc(Hons)(Lanc), SEDA(Coventry), GradCert(Open(UK)), GradCertEdStud(HigherEducation)(Sydney)
Senior Lecturer, Human Movement and Health Education
Doctoral Studies Research Progress Manager
Division Low Risk Ethics Committee

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

See some of Kate's recent work and ideas on her blog 'SportAgender'.

Kate completed her PhD in 2002, investigating the development of body satisfaction and identity among women who play rugby, cricket and netball,and the role that context has in its formation. Key to her findings was the notion of the value attached to the body in terms of its functionality to complete a sporting task. Her work showed how elastic body satisfaction was between a sporting and social context. Subsequently, Kate was awarded a Fellowship of Social Sciences from the NZ–UK Link Foundation (2003), to spend six weeks in New Zealand collecting similar data and continues that work today.

Since joining the University in 2007 Kate’s research has developed to encompass a range of gender, health, education and sporting issues. Current research interests include the negotiation of gender in a range of sporting contexts such as swimming, snowboarding, men’s netball, female boxing, motor cross and BMX.

Kate is currently leading a research project on the 'self representation of female and male athletes', studying the impact of photographic representations of the sporting body on meanings of sporting identity for adult and youth sport participants.

Kate is also currently involved in a research project looking at the impact of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme on social inclusion.

Kate is a chartered sport and exercise psychologist within the British Psychological Society's Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Kate also has extensive experience in delivering Motivational Interviewing to a variety of health professionals and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers MINT

Kate’s current teaching areas focus on sport sociology, sport psychology, community health issues and honours supervision. Kate is also supervising a range of post graduate research students in sport/health sociology and psychology. She has previously worked at the universities of Gloucestershire and Coventry in the UK, delivering a variety of health, exercise and sport related topics.

Research interests

Health and sport

  • Body image and identity
  • Gender, sexuality and sporting identity

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Sexuality and sexual identity
  • Gender relations and gender identity

Keywords: gender, body image, sexuality, sport, identity, sexual health education

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
A post-structural Foucauldian analysis of obesity discourses in weight-loss centres PhD Brittany JOHNSON
Boys to men: investigating adolescent males' body image and use of supplements. PhD Rachel SCHEUER

Current projects

  • The power of self representation of female and male athletes. This study seeks to explore the meanings given to photographic displays of the male and female sporting body, what this means for the athletes themselves and to younger athlete groups.
  • LGBTQI Pre-service teacher experiences. This study seeks to understand the experiences of those pre-service teachers who identify as LGBTQI. In particular it aims to explore the ways in which issues around gender and sexuality are addressed by their education program and practicum experiences in addition to exploring the ways they may have to negotiate their identity in a school context.
  • Young Endeavour Youth Scheme: A study to the ways in which social inclusion is embedded within the YEYS. Led by A/Prof Sue Goodwin, with Dr Wayne Cotton
  • Media analyses of gender in sport. Including Olympic women boxers, Olympic women BMX riders and XGames motocross rider Ashley Fiolek.

Associations

  • Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (C.Psychol), British Psychological Society

  • Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award 2008

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award 2014

Selected grants

2013

  • The power of self representation of female and male athletes; Russell K; Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney /Research Grant.

2012

  • A comparative study of school-based HPV/cervical cancer vaccination programs and HPV-related knowledge in Australia and Canada; Burns K, Russell K, Fusco C, Rail G; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2010

  • A qualitative study of school-based cervical cancer vaccination programs; Russell K, Burns K; Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney /Research Grant.

2009

  • International 'Best Practice' for Out of School Services, and activities for 9-12 year old children; Russell K, Bottrell D; Uniting Care Burnside/Research Support.

2006

  • Architects perceptions of visual representations (NVivo analysis); Russell K; Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) UK/Research Grant.

2003

  • Study of the body satisfaction among female rugby players; Russell K; Academy of Learned Societies for Social Sciences/The NZ-UK Link Foundation.

2002

  • Impact of the FA's Child Protection Strategy; Russell K; The Football Association, UK/Research Grant.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Child Protection Training in TOP Link programme; Russell K; Youth Sport Trust (UK)/Research Grant.

2001

  • Child Protection/Welfare Training evaluation; Russell K; Youth Sport Trust (UK)/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Russell, K., Norton, K. (2009). Science Through Sport - Body Image II: Senior Secondary. Australia: Sport Knowledge Australia.
  • Russell, K., Norton, K. (2009). Science Through Sport. Body Image I: Middle Secondary. Australia: Sport Knowledge Australia.

Edited Books

  • Georgakis, S., Russell, K. (2011). Youth Sport in Australia. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Brackenridge, C., Pitchford, A., Russell, K., Nutt, G. (2007). Child Welfare in Football: An Exploration of Children's Welfare in the Modern Game. Oxon, England: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Book Chapters

  • Burns, K., Russell, K. (2012). Producing the Self-managing Female-citizen in a Climate of 'Healthy' Living. In Jennifer A. ODea (Eds.), Current Issues and Controversies in School and Community Health, Sport and Physical Education, (pp. 45-54). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Russell, K. (2012). Teacher training for child protection. In Jennifer A. ODea (Eds.), Current Issues and Controversies in School and Community Health, Sport and Physical Education, (pp. 81-89). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Russell, K. (2011). Compulsory heterosexuality and the construction of femininity and masculinity: Issues of performance versus presentation. In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 71-83). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Russell, K. (2011). Seen but not heard: Child protection in sport. In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 229-240). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Russell, K. (2011). The media, body image and youth sport. In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 241-253). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Russell, K. (2007). 'Queers, even in netball?': Positive and negative interpretations of the lesbian label among sportswomen. In C. Aitchison (Eds.), Sport and gender identities: Masculinities, femininities and sexualities, (pp. 106-121). Abingdon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Russell, K. (2007). Disability football and vulnerable people. In Brackenridge, C., Pitchford, A., Russell, K. M. & Nutt, G (Eds.), Child Welfare in Football: An Exploration of Children's Welfare in the Modern Game, (pp. 148-156). Oxon, England: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Russell, K. (2007). Gender and Sport: Promoting/preventing health in our schools. In Merchant J, Griffin B, Charnock A (Eds.), Sport and Physical Activity: The Role of Health Promotion, (pp. 186-202). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Russell, K. (2007). The women's game. In Brackenridge, C., Pitchford, A., Russell, K. M. & Nutt, G (Eds.), Child Welfare in Football: An Exploration of Children's Welfare in the Modern Game, (pp. 157-169). Oxon, England: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Journals

  • Russell, K., Lemon, J. (2012). 'Doing jibber': female snowboarders negotiate their place in the snow. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 3(3), 239-252. [More Information]
  • Rawlings, V., Russell, K. (2012). Gender control - (Re) framing bullying, harassment and gender regulation. University of Sydney Papers in Human Movement, Health and Coach Education, 1, 17-27.
  • Johnson, B., Russell, K. (2012). The construction of gendered bodies within competitive swimming: A Foucauldian perspective. Psychology of Women Section Review, 14(2), 26-33.
  • Brackenridge, C., Pawlaczek, Z., Bringer, J., Cockburn, C., Nutt, G., Pitchford, A., Russell, K. (2005). Measuring the impact of child protection through Activation States. Sport Education and Society, 10(2), 239-256.
  • Pitchford, A., Brackenridge, C., Bringer, J., Cockburn, C., Nutt, G., Pawlaczek, Z., Russell, K. (2004). Children in football: seen but not heard. Soccer and Society, 5(1), 43-60.
  • Russell, K. (2004). On Versus Off the Pitch: The Transiency of Body Satisfaction Among Female Rugby Players, Cricketers, and Netballers. Sex Roles, 51(9/10), 561-574. [More Information]
  • Brackenridge, C., Bringer, J., Cockburn, C., Nutt, G., Pitchford, A., Russell, K., Pawlaczek, Z. (2004). The Football Association's Child Protection in Football Research Project 2002–2006: rationale, design and first year results. Managing Leisure, 9(1), 30-46.

Conferences

  • Rawlings, V., Russell, K. (2012). Gender regulation and social realities in contemporary high schools. British Educational Research Association Conference - BERA 2012.
  • Attenborough, T., Russell, K. (2012). Negotiating new sporting experiences: An inquiry into the factors influencing men's participation on netball. Third International Conference on Sport and Society 2012.
  • Russell, K. (2009). Pre-service PE teachers: Femininity in the classroom. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) Conference 2009, Ottawa, Canada: Not Published.
  • Russell, K. (2002). Perceptions of femininity and the lesbian label: Positive and negative interpretations. Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, Texas: RonJon Publishing.
  • Russell, K. (2001). The impact on self-identity: female participation in cricket. Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Conference communications. Journal of Sport Sciences.

2012

  • Russell, K., Lemon, J. (2012). 'Doing jibber': female snowboarders negotiate their place in the snow. Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education, 3(3), 239-252. [More Information]
  • Rawlings, V., Russell, K. (2012). Gender control - (Re) framing bullying, harassment and gender regulation. University of Sydney Papers in Human Movement, Health and Coach Education, 1, 17-27.
  • Rawlings, V., Russell, K. (2012). Gender regulation and social realities in contemporary high schools. British Educational Research Association Conference - BERA 2012.
  • Attenborough, T., Russell, K. (2012). Negotiating new sporting experiences: An inquiry into the factors influencing men's participation on netball. Third International Conference on Sport and Society 2012.
  • Burns, K., Russell, K. (2012). Producing the Self-managing Female-citizen in a Climate of 'Healthy' Living. In Jennifer A. ODea (Eds.), Current Issues and Controversies in School and Community Health, Sport and Physical Education, (pp. 45-54). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Russell, K. (2012). Teacher training for child protection. In Jennifer A. ODea (Eds.), Current Issues and Controversies in School and Community Health, Sport and Physical Education, (pp. 81-89). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Johnson, B., Russell, K. (2012). The construction of gendered bodies within competitive swimming: A Foucauldian perspective. Psychology of Women Section Review, 14(2), 26-33.

2011

  • Russell, K. (2011). Compulsory heterosexuality and the construction of femininity and masculinity: Issues of performance versus presentation. In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 71-83). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Russell, K. (2011). Seen but not heard: Child protection in sport. In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 229-240). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Russell, K. (2011). The media, body image and youth sport. In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 241-253). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Georgakis, S., Russell, K. (2011). Youth Sport in Australia. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

2009

  • Russell, K. (2009). Pre-service PE teachers: Femininity in the classroom. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) Conference 2009, Ottawa, Canada: Not Published.
  • Russell, K., Norton, K. (2009). Science Through Sport - Body Image II: Senior Secondary. Australia: Sport Knowledge Australia.
  • Russell, K., Norton, K. (2009). Science Through Sport. Body Image I: Middle Secondary. Australia: Sport Knowledge Australia.

2007

  • Russell, K. (2007). 'Queers, even in netball?': Positive and negative interpretations of the lesbian label among sportswomen. In C. Aitchison (Eds.), Sport and gender identities: Masculinities, femininities and sexualities, (pp. 106-121). Abingdon, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Brackenridge, C., Pitchford, A., Russell, K., Nutt, G. (2007). Child Welfare in Football: An Exploration of Children's Welfare in the Modern Game. Oxon, England: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Russell, K. (2007). Disability football and vulnerable people. In Brackenridge, C., Pitchford, A., Russell, K. M. & Nutt, G (Eds.), Child Welfare in Football: An Exploration of Children's Welfare in the Modern Game, (pp. 148-156). Oxon, England: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Russell, K. (2007). Gender and Sport: Promoting/preventing health in our schools. In Merchant J, Griffin B, Charnock A (Eds.), Sport and Physical Activity: The Role of Health Promotion, (pp. 186-202). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Russell, K. (2007). The women's game. In Brackenridge, C., Pitchford, A., Russell, K. M. & Nutt, G (Eds.), Child Welfare in Football: An Exploration of Children's Welfare in the Modern Game, (pp. 157-169). Oxon, England: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2005

  • Brackenridge, C., Pawlaczek, Z., Bringer, J., Cockburn, C., Nutt, G., Pitchford, A., Russell, K. (2005). Measuring the impact of child protection through Activation States. Sport Education and Society, 10(2), 239-256.

2004

  • Pitchford, A., Brackenridge, C., Bringer, J., Cockburn, C., Nutt, G., Pawlaczek, Z., Russell, K. (2004). Children in football: seen but not heard. Soccer and Society, 5(1), 43-60.
  • Russell, K. (2004). On Versus Off the Pitch: The Transiency of Body Satisfaction Among Female Rugby Players, Cricketers, and Netballers. Sex Roles, 51(9/10), 561-574. [More Information]
  • Brackenridge, C., Bringer, J., Cockburn, C., Nutt, G., Pitchford, A., Russell, K., Pawlaczek, Z. (2004). The Football Association's Child Protection in Football Research Project 2002–2006: rationale, design and first year results. Managing Leisure, 9(1), 30-46.

2002

  • Russell, K. (2002). Perceptions of femininity and the lesbian label: Positive and negative interpretations. Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, Texas: RonJon Publishing.

2001

  • Russell, K. (2001). The impact on self-identity: female participation in cricket. Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Conference communications. Journal of Sport Sciences.

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