Dr Kellie Burns

PhD(Otago), BSc(PhysEd)(St FX), MPhil(Dub)
Senior Lecturer, Health Education and Professional Practice
Research Progress Manager Division of Doctoral Studies

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 90367880
Fax +61 2 93512606

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Biographical details

Kellie's research interests include gender, sexuality, citizenship, sport and health. She conducted a large case study of the Sydney 2002 Gay Games, exploring the contested relationships between sport, sexualities, citizenship and the increasingly neoliberal mandates of large global sport and tourism events. She is currently involved in a series of research initiatives around HPV and sexual health knowledge in secondary and tertiary educational settings in both Australia and Canada.

She is interested in the production of schools as pseudo-clinical spaces to support health programs and/or outcomes, and the types of knowledge students and teachers have about sexuality and sexual health. She is also working on a project called Mediating Sexual Citizenship, which analyses the production and consumption of emergent sexual subjectivities across multiple media platforms.

Research interests

Health and sport

  • History and sociology of sport

Social structures, inequalities and social justice

  • Gender relations and gender identity
  • Sexuality and sexual identity

Keywords: gender/sexuality and sport, sexualities education, pedagogies of health and wellbeing, school as clinical setting, gender, sexual citizenship

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
TBA PhD Becki SIMADAS

Current projects

  • A qualitative study of school-based cervical cancer vaccination programs. Research grants awarded: Burns, K., & Russell, K (2010) Faculty Of Education and Social Work Program grant scheme ($20,372). Burns, K., Russell, K., Rail, G. & Fusco, C. (2012). A comparative study of school-based HPV/cervical cancer vaccination programs and HPV-related knowledge in Australia and Canada. International Program Development Fund, The University of Sydney ($6, 000).Bryson, M., Burns, K., Fusco, C., McDonald, M., Moola, F., Norman, M., Petherick, L., Polzer, J. & Russell, K.(2012). HPV Vaccination Discourses, Practices and Spaces: Affects and Effects on Youth's Bodies and Subjectivities. Canadian Institutes of Health Research ($CN 273,360)
  • A critical exploration of the ways in which sexual citizenship is mediated across heritage and new media. With Cristyn Davies.
  • Peralta, L., O'Connor, D., Cotton, W., Bennie, A. & Burns, K. (2012). Increasing Indigenous students in higher education: Is participation in sport associated with academic achievement and higher education aspirations among Indigenous students? Funded by a University of Sydney Widening Participation Grant (2011)($20,900).
  • Proctor, H. & Burns, K. (2013-2015). Making the healthy school student: the public school and the governance of public health in the twentieth century ($21,000)

Associations

  • Panel of Gender Experts for the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

  • Advisory Board Member for 'HPV.edu', a National Health and Medical Research Council funded project which is a collaboration between the Universities of Sydney, Adelaide, and Western Australia, and has the support of the Immunisation Section of the Communicable Diseases Control Branch in South Australia and Western Australia.

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award, 2010

Selected grants

2014

  • Contagious childhoods and the school as clinic: A study of school-based vaccination in NSW, Australia; Burns K; DVC Research/Bridging Support 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.
  • A qualitative study of school-based cervical cancer vaccination programs - Stage 2; Burns K; Department of Education and Training (NSW)/State Education Research Approvals Process (SERAP).

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.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Davies, C., Burns, K. (2013). Imagining Queer Community in The L Word. In Dana Heller (Eds.), Loving the L Word: The Complete Series in Focus, (pp. 173-190). London: I.B. Tauris.
  • Burns, K., Davies, C. (2013). Producing Girl Citizens as Agents of Health: An Analysis of HPV Media Campaigns in the United States. In Kate Harper, Yasmina Katsulis, Vera Lopez, Georganne Scheiner Gillis (Eds.), Girls Sexualities and the Media, (pp. 139-154). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Burns, K. (2012). Lesbian mothers, two-headed monsters and the televisual machine. In Kerry H. Robinson, Cristyn Davies (Eds.), Queer and Subjugated Knowledges: Generating Subversive Imaginaries, (pp. 56-73). Sharjah: Bentham Science Publishers.
  • 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.
  • Burns, K. (2011). A critical history of the Gay Games movement. In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 115-131). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

Journals

  • Davies, C., Burns, K. (2014). Mediating healthy female citizenship in the HPV vaccination campaigns. Feminist Media Studies, published online 05/09/2013(in press). [More Information]
  • Burns, K. (2013). Normative 'sexual' knowledge and critique as a mode of resistance: a response to Damien Riggs. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 14(1), 88-93.
  • Burns, K. (2012). Cosmopolitan sexual citizenship and the project of queer world-making at the Sydney 2002 Gay Games. Sexualities: studies in culture and society, 15(3-4), 314-335. [More Information]
  • Peralta, L., Burns, K. (2012). First off the blocks: professional experience and learning for first-year preservice Physical and Health Education teachers. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 40(2), 127-141. [More Information]
  • Burns, K. (2012). Gender difference and the rise of neurosexism. Australian Review of Public Affairs, November 2012.
  • Burns, K. (2009). Book Review: Jayne Caudwell (ed.), Sport, Sexualities and Queer/Theory. New York: Routledge, 2006. x + 180pp. ISBN 978—0-415—36762—2. Sexualities: studies in culture and society, 12(6), 766-768. [More Information]
  • Burns, K., Davies, C. (2009). Producing Cosmopolitan Sexual Citizens on The L Word. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 13(2), 174-188.
  • Burns, K. (2008). (re)Imagining the global, rethinking gender in education. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 29(3), 343-357. [More Information]
  • Burns, K. (2007). Giving voice, making change: how PFLAG resources can be useful classroom tools. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education, 4(2), 107-109. [More Information]

2014

  • Davies, C., Burns, K. (2014). Mediating healthy female citizenship in the HPV vaccination campaigns. Feminist Media Studies, published online 05/09/2013(in press). [More Information]

2013

  • Davies, C., Burns, K. (2013). Imagining Queer Community in The L Word. In Dana Heller (Eds.), Loving the L Word: The Complete Series in Focus, (pp. 173-190). London: I.B. Tauris.
  • Burns, K. (2013). Normative 'sexual' knowledge and critique as a mode of resistance: a response to Damien Riggs. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 14(1), 88-93.
  • Burns, K., Davies, C. (2013). Producing Girl Citizens as Agents of Health: An Analysis of HPV Media Campaigns in the United States. In Kate Harper, Yasmina Katsulis, Vera Lopez, Georganne Scheiner Gillis (Eds.), Girls Sexualities and the Media, (pp. 139-154). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

2012

  • Burns, K. (2012). Cosmopolitan sexual citizenship and the project of queer world-making at the Sydney 2002 Gay Games. Sexualities: studies in culture and society, 15(3-4), 314-335. [More Information]
  • Peralta, L., Burns, K. (2012). First off the blocks: professional experience and learning for first-year preservice Physical and Health Education teachers. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 40(2), 127-141. [More Information]
  • Burns, K. (2012). Gender difference and the rise of neurosexism. Australian Review of Public Affairs, November 2012.
  • Burns, K. (2012). Lesbian mothers, two-headed monsters and the televisual machine. In Kerry H. Robinson, Cristyn Davies (Eds.), Queer and Subjugated Knowledges: Generating Subversive Imaginaries, (pp. 56-73). Sharjah: Bentham Science Publishers.
  • 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.

2011

  • Burns, K. (2011). A critical history of the Gay Games movement. In S. Georgakis and K. Russell (Eds.), Youth Sport in Australia, (pp. 115-131). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

2009

  • Burns, K. (2009). Book Review: Jayne Caudwell (ed.), Sport, Sexualities and Queer/Theory. New York: Routledge, 2006. x + 180pp. ISBN 978—0-415—36762—2. Sexualities: studies in culture and society, 12(6), 766-768. [More Information]
  • Burns, K., Davies, C. (2009). Producing Cosmopolitan Sexual Citizens on The L Word. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 13(2), 174-188.

2008

  • Burns, K. (2008). (re)Imagining the global, rethinking gender in education. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 29(3), 343-357. [More Information]

2007

  • Burns, K. (2007). Giving voice, making change: how PFLAG resources can be useful classroom tools. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Issues in Education, 4(2), 107-109. [More Information]

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