Sport in Society

Victoria University has consolidated its research activity.

From 2018 research of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living is located within the Institute for Sport, Health & Active Living.

The Sport in Society Research Program brings together humanities and social science researchers to advance the socio-cultural analysis of sport in local, national and global contexts.

Researchers work collaboratively to critically examine sport from the elite to the community and junior levels.  They include researchers from the following areas:  anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, history, law, management, organisation studies, philosophy/ethics, psychology and sociology .


In 'Sport in Society':

The aim of this research is to create knowledge to promote evidence-based and values-informed sport policy, professional standards, community practices and debate.

Key research areas include:

  • integrity, equity and anti-discrimination
  • heritage and identity
  • diversity, inclusion and community building
  • social cohesion and multiculturalism
  • performance enhancement and regulation
  • values, leadership and organisational change
  • policy and governance.

The program’s research is enabled by the ISEAL Sport in Society Research Laboratory at Victoria University Whitten Oval, a vibrant research facility that provides state-of-the-art equipment and resources for the socio-cultural analysis of sport.

Program Leader

Sport in Society research is led by Associate Professor Ramon Spaaij.