Associate Professor Clare Hanlon

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 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, Clare received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Programs that Enhance Learning.

She has a particular focus on collaboration strategies to encourage women in leadership and participation in sport. In 2016 the Victorian State Government Minister for Sport recognised Clare as a role model in sport.

In a leadership capacity Clare is the Sport Management Discipline Leader and has been Acting Head (2012), and Associate Head (2011-2012) in the College of Sport & Exercise Science, Victoria University. Clare facilitates strategic workshops for state and national sport organisations, leads or is a team member for applied research and research consultancy projects and has collaborated with organisations such as:

  • 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
  • Moreland City Council
  • Quit Victoria

Clare has also been on numerous advisory panels e.g:

  • Victorian Minister for Sport, Women in Sport and Recreation Advisory Group
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Ballarat University
  • Deakin University
  • A range of international, national and state sporting organisations and local government councils.

Recent publications

Clare has contributed to over 70 books, book chapters, journal articles and conference presentations.

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