Dr Belinda Wheaton
I joined the University in February 2015 as Associate Professor in the Sociology of Sport and Leisure. Previously I was Associate Professor in Sport and Leisure Cultures at the University of Brighton, UK. I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Te Huataki Waiora Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance.
I am best known for my research on the Politics of identity in lifestyle sport, which include a monograph, The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports (2013), and edited collections including Understanding Lifestyle Sport (2004), and The Representation and Consumption of Lifestyle Sport (2012). I am also co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education (2017) and Leisure and Environmental Politics (2013) .
Postgraduate supervision: I am willing to consider the supervision of students interested in working in my areas of expertise All current students have won University of Waikato PhD Scholarships. Please do get in touch.
Current PhD students:
Please see Health Sport and Human Performance Faculty website for details of their projects.
My research interests lie broadly within the sociology of sport, leisure, health and popular culture, adopting various qualitative methodologies, from ethnography to media analysis. Feminist sensibilities and issues of power and inequity underpin my research and teaching.
I am best known for my research on the cultural politics of 'lifestyle sports cultures'. I am also interested in and have also led international projects on understanding the role of informal and lifestyle sports in addressing sport, health and youth policy objectives.
Recent and current projects include:
Action sports and the Olympics: I was co-PI on Youth Perceptions of the Olympic Games: Attitudes Towards Action Sports at the YOG and Olympic Games' with Dr Holly Thorpe, funded by the IOC's Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme 2015/6. We are in phase 2 of this project in the run-up to Toykio 2020
Coastal Blue space, health and well-being
Surfing, identity and ageing,
sport and environmentalism
Thorpe, H., & Wheaton, B. (2019). The Olympic Games, Agenda 2020 and action sports: the promise, politics and performance of organisational change. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. doi:10.1080/19406940.2019.1569548
Wheaton, B., & Thorpe, H. (2018). Action sports, the Olympic Games, and the opportunities and challenges for gender equity: The cases of surfing and skateboarding. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 019372351878123. doi:10.1177/0193723518781230
Säfvenbom, R., Wheaton, B., & Agans, J. P. (2018). ‘How can you enjoy sports if you are under control by others?’ Self-organized lifestyle sports and youth development. Sport in Society, 1-20. doi:10.1080/17430437.2018.1472242
Puddle, D., Wheaton, B., & Thorpe, H. (2018). The glocalization of parkour: a New Zealand/Aotearoa case study. Sport in Society, 1-18. doi:10.1080/17430437.2018.1441010
Find more research publications by Belinda Wheaton
Children's and Youth Sport; Environmental Policy and Politics; Extreme/Alternative Sports; Gender; Social Issues in Sport; Social Movements; Social Science Research; Sociology; Sport Education; Sport Governance; Sport Science; Sports; Women and Gender Studies; Youth
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