With more than 25 years of commitment to growing opportunities, Clare is known in her field for persistent and determined pursuit of research, advocacy, and impact to build capacity in the sport community, break down barriers and create opportunities for women in sport. She is an industry advisor, researcher and teacher on facilitating greater participation in sport and physical activity, in particular for women and girls.

In 2018, she was awarded the inaugural Susan Alberti Women in Sport Chair and inducted in to the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll for her capacity to create change. In 2016, she received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Programs that Enhance Learning. In the same year, 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 consulted for research insights into industry practice, and approached to fulfil advisory roles. She has contributed expertise to Federal, State and Territory governments, international peak bodies, and commercial organisations who are keen to develop and increase opportunities for women and girls as leaders and participants in sport and active recreation. Recent examples have included:

  • Australia-ASEAN Council, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Sport Australia
  • Australian Sporting Goods Association
  • Victorian, Queensland and Northern Territory Government
  • Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • VicHealth
  • Moreland City Council

Examples of Boards and advisory panels include:

  • Director, Gymnastics Australia
  • Director, Oceania Gymnastics Union
  • President, Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Delegate, World Association of Sport Management
  • Advisor, Victorian Minister for Sport, Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation
  • Advisor, Physical Activity Taskforce, VicHealth
  • Advisor, This Girl Can Advisory Committee, VicHealth
  • Advisor, Female Friendly Sport Infrastructure Guide, Sport and Recreation Victoria
  • Global assessor, Post Graduate Sport Management program, SPACE, University of Hong Kong

Recent publications

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

Examples include:

Zhou, X., Hanlon, C., Robertson, J., Spaaij, R., Westerbeek, H., Hossack, A., & Funk, D. (2017). Dress for Fit: An Exploration of Female Activewear Consumption. Sport Management Review. DOI: 10.1016/j.smr.2017.09.001

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

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 responsibilities

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

(03) 9919 4383
(03) 9919 3413