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Associate Professor Clare Hanlon

PhD (VicUni), MAppSc (UniBallarat), BEd (UniBallarat), DipEd (ACU)

Sport Management Discipline Leader, College of Sport & Exercise Science

Clare is an Associate Professor and Discipline Leader in Sport Management. She has over 25 years’ experience in sport and specialises as an industry advisor, researcher and teacher in facilitating greater participation in sport and physical activity. In 2016, she received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Programs that Enhance Learning.

Clare is renowned in her field for persistence and determination to provide research, advocacy, and impact to build the capacity in the Victorian and national sport community to break down barriers and create opportunities for women in sport. In 2016 the Victorian State Government Minister for Sport recognised Clare as a role model in sport and she was globally recognised in the book Oceania inspirational women: Making a difference in physical education, sport and dance.

As a recognised national expert in this field, Clare is continually sought out to provide research and advisory roles to Victorian and National governments, international peak bodies, and commercial organisations who are keen to enhance their organisations through gender equality and increase opportunities for women’s participation. Recent examples have included:

  • Australia-ASEAN Council, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Australian Sporting Goods Association
  • Moreland City Council
  • Cricket Australia
  • Health and Human Services, Sport and Recreation Victoria
  • Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • VicHealth.

Examples of advisory panels and roles include:

  • Member, Victorian Minister for Sport, Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation
  • Advisor, Female Friendly Sport Infrastructure Guide, Sport and Recreation Victoria
  • Panel member, ‘The rise of women in sport’, Sport Awards, Victoria University
  • Panel member, sport management program, University of Hong Kong
  • Panel member, sport management program, Bond University
  • Panel member, sport management program, Ballarat University
  • Panel member, post graduate sport management program, Deakin University.

Recent publications

Clare has contributed to over 80 books, book chapters, journal articles and conference presentations.

Examples include:

O’Sullivan, G., Hanlon, C., Spaaij, R., & Westerbeek, H. (2017), Women’s activewear trends and drivers: a systematic review. Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management: An International Journal, 21(1)

Hanlon, C., & Morris, T. (2017). A Social-Ecological Analysis of Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Recruiting and Retaining Women in Physical Activity Programs. ALGEDE, 1(1), 96-130

Lee, Y., Khoo, S., Morris, T., Hanlon, C., Wee, L., Teo, E,. Adan, Y. (2016) A mixed-method study of the efficacy of physical activity consultation as an adjunct to standard smoking cessation treatment among male smokers in Malaysia. SpringerPlus, 5:2012 DOI 10.1186/s40064-016-3675-2

Hanlon, C. & Morris, T. (2015). What Makes a Physical Activity Program Targeted to Women Successful: Local Government Managers' Perceptions. International Journal of Sport Management, 16, 1-23.

Hanlon, C., Morris, T. & Nabbs, S. (2014). Program provider’s perspective: Recruitment and retention strategies for women in physical activity programs. Sport Management Review 17(2), 133-144.

Butson, M. L., Borkoles, E., Hanlon, C., Morris, T., Romero, V., Polman, R. (2014). Examining the role of parental self-regulation in family physical activity: A mixed-methods approach. Psychology & Health, 1-39

Hanlon, C. & King, B. (2013). Service-Learning: A Case of Providing Benefits to all Parties. Australasian University-Community Engagement, 8(2), 15-41.

Professional membership

  • Director, Gymnastics Australia
  • President, Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Delegate board member, World Association of Sport Management

Research grants

Clare has led or collaborated in teams for more than 30 external research or consultancy projects with a total funding allocation of approximately $AUD 1 million.

Teaching responsibilties

Clare leads the strategic development of the undergraduate and postgraduate Sport Management program.

She coordinates and teaches the following units:

Postgraduate research students and fellows

Currently supervises 1 Masters and 3 PhD students.

Industry experience

Clare values the engagement with the sport and active recreation industry, roles have included:

  • Facilitator, Strategic Planning 2014 – 2016; Board of Directors, Gymnastics Victoria
  • Mentor, Australian Womensport and Recreation, early career women
  • Invited member, Victorian Minister for Prevention of Family Violence and Minister for Women Roundtable
  • Reference group member, Melton City Council Live Eat Go program, Maribyrnong Sports Academy
  • Working group member, Physical Activity Australia, national registration standards
  • Committee member, Victorian Tertiary Education, Resources and Projects
  • University representative, Australian Council of Health, Physical Education & Recreation.

Appearances in the media

Clare has accepted invitations to speak on radio about her research and articles pertaining to her research continue to be published in the media. Her collaborative research on encouraging women in physical activity programs led to articles published in 26 metropolitan community newspapers in Victoria, Australia.

Areas of expertise

  • Community development in sport and active recreation
  • Facilitating greater participation in sport and physical activity, particularly for women
  • Governance and management of programs to encourage females in sport and active recreation

Contact details

+61 3 9919 4383
+61 3 9919 3413