Insight Hub

Women in Sport Aotearoa is committed to the power of evidence-based research and its ability to create a strong case for change.

In its Strategic Plan, Women in Sport Aotearoa has pledged to challenge the sports system by:

  • Collaborating with key stakeholders to identify key research priorities, focussed around knowledge gaps
  • Commissioning, initiating and advocating for priority research
  • Sharing results and insights to hold stakeholders to account and change behaviours
  • Convening and utilising the Women in Sport Aotearoa Research Consortium to deliver New Zealand and Oceania research
  • Identifying and supporting international researchers and global research agencies; sharing results/insights
  • Building an international reputation as a world leading Research Hub
  • Respecting Te Tiriti o Waitangi, as New Zealand’s founding document

Research Working Group

In order to deliver against the research objectives in the Strategic Plan, Women in Sport Aotearoa convened a Research Working Group in late 2019.

Women in Sport Aotearoa Research Consortium

Photo: Sarah Leberman (Courtesy of NEXT Magazine)

In 2018, Women in Sport Aotearoa convened New Zealand’s largest independent group of academics dedicated to investigating the barriers that stand in the way of equity for women and girls in sport and identifying opportunities for positive change. It is chaired by Professor Sarah Leberman, Women in Sport Aotearoa co-founder and co-chair and respected researcher with 25+ years’ experience. It includes key researchers from 7 of the 8 New Zealand Universities:

  • Massey University (Dr Farah Palmer)
  • University of Auckland (Professor Toni Bruce)
  • Auckland University of Technology (AUT) (Professor Lesley Ferkins, Gaye Bryham, Sally Rae)
  • University of Waikato (Professor Holly Thorpe, Dr Stacy Sims, Dr Kirsten Petrie, Associate Professor Belinda Wheaton)
  • University of Otago (Associate Professor Sally Shaw)
  • Victoria University of Wellington (Robyn Cockburn)
  • Lincoln University (Dr Roslyn Kerr)
  • Sport Waikato (Dr Amy Marfell)

This group is inclusive so to join please email to contact Professor Sarah Leberman.

Research Partners & Projects

Women in Sport Aotearoa is also a leading member in several cross-sector research groups consisting of a number of key agencies, including Sport New Zealand; the New Zealand Olympic Committee; the Wonderful Group; several universities; and the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) New Zealand.

IWG 2018-2022

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