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Associate Professor Holly Thorpe

Holly Thorpe

Associate Dean, Postgraduate

Qualifications: PhD

About Holly

Holly is a Associate Professor and Associate Dean Postgraduate in Te Huataki Waiora / Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance at the University of Waikato. She works primarily (though not exclusively) in the field of the sociology of sport, with her research interests including action sports, gender, female athlete health, critical Sport for Development Studies, social theory, and qualitative methods.  She is a recipient of both Fulbright and Leverhulme Fellowships, and is co-founder of Fuel Aotearoa, an educational website aimed at empowering athletic girls and women with accessible knowledge about Female Athlete Triad related issues.

In 2016, Associate Professor Thorpe won a three year Marsden Fast-Start grant focused on youth engagement with informal sports in sites of war, conflict and disaster. As part of this project she developed the Action Sport for Development and Peace organisation, an online community for those working in ASDP NGOs and projects around the world. That same year she also gave a TedX talk on the topic of 'Action Sports for a Better World'.

Associate Professor Thorpe is the author of Transnational Mobilities in Action Sport Cultures (2014), Snowboarding Bodies in Theory and Practice (2011), and co-editor of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports (with Professor Douglas Booth) and the Greenwood Extreme Sport Series. She recently co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies (with Professors Michael Silk and David Andrews), and Women in Action Sport Cultures: Identity, Experiences, and Politics (with Dr Rebecca Olive), and is currently co-editing a book on new materialism, sport and physical culture (with Joshua Newman and David Andrews) and new sporting femininities (with Kim Toffoletti and Jessica Francombe-Webb). She is also co-editor with Toffoletti and Francombe-Webb of a new series with Palgrave Macmillan titled New Femininities in Digital, Physical and Sporting Cultures

She was recently co-Primary Investigator with Associate Professor Belinda Wheaton on an International Olympic Committee Advanced Research Programme Grant  exploring youths' attitudes towards the Olympic Games, with a focus on action sports. Thorpe presented their findings at the IOC in Switzerland 2016, and this work played an important role in informing the IOC's inclusion of surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Thorpe and Wheaton are currently writing a book based on this research, and continuing to explore the effects of Olympic inclusion on action sport cultures and industries.

Associate Professor Thorpe manages the University of Waikato SiF Home of Cycling Research Initiative, including four post-doctoral fellows over four years. She recently organised the interdisciplinary Female Athlete Health Symposium held at the Home of Cycling in 2015 and a follow-up Female Athlete Health Symposium in Mount Maunganui in 2017.

Holly is passionate about working with graduate students at Masters and PhD levels, particularly those interested in sport and gender, new approaches to understanding the complexities of embodied sporting and fitness experiences, youth sport, action/extreme sports, and/or Sport for Development and Peace Studies, and welcomes enquiries.

Research Supervised

Student

Degree

Project Title / Topic

Year Completed

Hamish Crocket* *indicates on scholarship

PhD

Playing with ethics? A Foucauldian examination of the construction of ethical subjectivities in Ultimate Frisbee

2012

Anna-Liisa Ojala

PhD

The Experiences of Finnish Snowboarders

2015

Amy Marfell*

PhD

Understanding the 'National Sport for New Zealand Women': A Socio-Spatial Analysis of Netball

2016

Karen Buckley

PhD

Sport in the Waikato c1897-1974: Narratives of Play, Identity and Belonging

2016

Tony Ryks

Masters

Supportive environments for active living? A case study of local government discourses of the built and social environments and physical activity

2008

Melissa Thomas

Masters

Young women’s negotiation of multiple fields of femininity and physicality in physical activity and Physical Education in an international school in Taiwan

2009

Amy Marfell*

Masters

Netball in the lives of New Zealand women: An intergenerational study

2011

Mihi Nemani

Masters

Getting Deep: Experiences of New Zealand Bodyboarders

2014

Sophie Watson*

Masters

Understanding female secondary school students’ experiences of outdoor education in Aotearoa New Zealand

2016

Nida Ahmad*

PhD

Topic: Muslim sportswomen's use of social media

Current

Grace O’Leary*

PhD

Topic: New Zealand sex workers experiences of sport and fitness

Current

Rodrigo Hill*

PhD

Topic: Photography, place-making and the Te Awa River-Ride

Current

Neftalie Williams*

PhD

Topic: Skateboarding and the experiences of Black and Minorities in the United States of America

Current

Damien Puddle*

PhD

Topic: Glocalization and Parkour in New Zealand

Current

Allison Jeffrey*

PhD

Topic: The Yogic Lifestyle in Contemporary Society

Current

Katie Schofield*

PhD

Topic: Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) in Elite Athlete Populations

Current

Julie Brice*

PhD

Topic: Towards New Understandings of Women’s Embodied Fitness Experiences

Incoming 2018

John Macfarlane*

PhD

Topic: Management strategies towards legitimate action sport federations: a national structure for Skateboarding New Zealand.

Incoming 2018

Recent Publications

  • Silk, M., Andrews, D., & Thorpe, A. (2017). Introduction. In Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies (pp. 1-12). Routledge.

  • Pringle, R., & Thorpe, H. A. (2017). Theory and Reflexivity. In Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies (pp. 32-41). Routledge.

  • Silk, M. L., Andrews, D. L., & Thorpe, H. (Eds.) (2017). Routledge handbook of physical cultural studies. Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/

  • Adams-Hutcheson, G., Thorpe, H., & Coleborne, C. (2017). Introduction: Understanding Mobilities in a Dangerous World. Transfers, 7(3), 1-5. doi:10.3167/TRANS.2017.070302

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Keywords

Advertising and Sport; Children's and Youth Sport; Culture; Extreme/Alternative Sports; Gender; Globalisation; Health; Race and Gender in Sport; Social Issues in Sport; Social Science Research; Sociology; Sports; Tourism; Women and Gender Studies; Youth


Contact Details

Email: hthorpe@waikato.ac.nz
Room: TT7.08
Cellphone: 021311143