Prof Lisette Burrows

Lisette Burrows


About Lisette

Lisette is a Professor in Community Health with the Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performace. After completing her undergraduate and PGDip Arts (with distinction) degrees at University of Otago, she obtained her doctorate from University of Wollongong.

She is on the editorial Board of Sport Education and Society and editor of the refereed section of New Zealand's Physical Educator. She is past-President of Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) and member of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) and the British Educational Research Association (BERA).

Research Interests

Lisette ‘s research draws on poststructural theoretical tools and insights from the sociology of education, sociology of youth, curriculum studies and cultural studies to explore the place and meaning of physical culture and health in young people’s lives.  She is also interested in the ways health imperatives expressed at policy and government level are taken up and responded to in community contexts. She has published work on gender, ethnicity and disability in school-based physical education and young New Zealanders constructions of health and fitness. Her current research focuses on critical interrogations of obesity discourse and understanding the impact new health imperatives have on young people's sense of their bodies and 'selves'.  She is also researching the ways families are drawn into health enhancing projects both in public health and school-based pedagogies.

Lisette’s work has been funded by the Ministry of Education, New Zealand Council for Educational Research, University of Otago, Australian Research Council, Sport and Recreation New Zealand, Social Science and Humanities Research Council and Fulbright New Zealand.

Recent Publications

  • Burrows, L., O’Sullivan, M., Halbert, G., & Scott, E. (2020). The aims and outcomes challenge: Preparing physical education teacher educators and teachers for twenty-first century redesign imperatives and accountability requirements. In School Physical Education and Teacher Education: Collaborative Redesign for the 21st Century (pp. 11-21). doi:10.4324/9780429330186-2

  • Wheaton, B., Waiti, J., Cosgriff, M., & Burrows, L. (2019). Coastal blue space and wellbeing research: looking beyond western tides. Leisure Studies, 1-13. doi:10.1080/02614367.2019.1640774

  • Harman, A., & Burrows, L. (2019). Leaning in while sticking out: Fat, exercise, and guilt. Fat Studies. doi:10.1080/21604851.2019.1562838

  • Burrows, L., Leahy, D., & Wright, J. (2018). Cruel optimism? Socially critical perspectives on obesity assemblage. In R. Pringle, H. Larsson, & G. Gerdin (Eds.), Critical Research in Sport, Health and Physical Education: How to Make a Difference. Routledge.

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Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Burrows, Prof Lisette 4159 lburrows TT.6.03A Te Huataki Waiora - School of Health

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