Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Sport policy
  • Violence in sport
  • Social inclusion/exclusion in sport
  • Paralympic sport
  • Sport participation

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Aurelie Pankowiak

Dr Aurélie Pankowiak is a postdoctoral research fellow within the Institute for Health and Sport, and a full-time member of the Sport and Recreation Spatial research team. Aurélie uses mixed-methods to investigate sport participation trends, factors influencing participation, and the intersection between sport participation and health for evidence-based decision-making.

Her research interest and expertise include diversity/inclusion and interpersonal violence in sport, and her research focuses on both how sport stakeholders manage these issues, and how they affect sport participants and athletes.

Aurélie is leading several research projects examining the organisational context influencing women and girls’ participation in sport, as well as the prevalence of abuse against children in Australian community sport clubs and against women elite athletes. She is the co-founder and member of the International Research Network on Violence and Integrity in Sport (IRNOVIS)

Aurélie has over 10 years of experience as a researcher, consultant and project manager in the sporting industry across the world, including the Caribbean, the USA and Europe. Her PhD work examined national Paralympic sport policy.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Sport Policy), Victoria University, Australia, 2020
  • M.S (Erasmus Mundus Master, Adapted Physical Activity), K.U. Leuven University, Belgium, 2013
  • B.S (Sport Sciences), Paris Nanterre University, France, 2011

Key publications

Year Citation
2022 Legg, D., Orr, C., Patatas, J. M., Pankowiak, A., Wong, J., & Higgs, C. (220729). Paralympic Pathways In Dehghansai, N. ;. (Ed.) New York: Routledge.

Year Citation
2022 Joyce, R., Casey, M., Pankowiak, A., Westerbeek, H., & Harvey, J. (220601). Women and girls participation in male-dominated sports..
2022 Joyce, R., Pankowiak, A., Westerbeek, H., & Charity, M. (220502). Participation in football: retention and drop-out..
2022 Joyce, R., Charity, M., Westerbeek, H., Pankowiak, A., & Harvey, J. (220401). Sport participation in Victoria 2015-2020 and the impact of COVID-19 on participation: Research Summary..
2022 Joyce, R., Charity, M., Westerbeek, H., & Pankowiak, A. (220301). Sport participation data: best practice data collection..

Year Citation
2023 Elliott, S., Pankowiak, A., Eime, R., & Drummond, M. (230101). Sport parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic: Perceptions of parents and youth in Australia. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 64

doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2022.102299

2022 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M., Pankowiak, A., & Westerbeek, H. (221201). The impact of COVID-19 restrictions on Australians' frequency and duration of participation in different types of sport and physical activity. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, 14(1),

doi: 10.1186/s13102-022-00435-z

2022 Eime, R., Harvey, J., Charity, M., Elliott, S., Drummond, M., Pankowiak, A., & Westerbeek, H. (221201). The impact of COVID-19 restrictions on perceived health and wellbeing of adult Australian sport and physical activity participants. BMC Public Health, 22(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-13195-9

2022 Pascoe, M., Pankowiak, A., Woessner, M., Brockett, C. L., Hanlon, C., Spaaij, R., Robertson, S., McLachlan, F., & Parker, A. (221011). Gender-specific psychosocial stressors influencing mental health among women elite and semielite athletes: a narrative review. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE,

doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2022-105540

2022 Legg, D., Higgs, C., Fliess, Douer., Bukala, P., & Pankowiak, A. (220307). A Framework for Understanding Barriers to Participation in Sport for Persons with Disability. Palaestra, (13-20).

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Report on literature review and document analysis
From: Australian Sports Foundation Limited
Other investigators: Aspr Rochelle Joyce, Prof Hans Westerbeek
For period: 2022-2022
Not disclosed
Sport Participation Research Project
From: VicHealth
Other investigators: Aspr Rochelle Joyce, Prof Hans Westerbeek, Ms Melanie Charity
For period: 2022-2023
$340,000

A research study in sports clubs’ volunteer capacity to drive women and girls’ participation in community sport
From: Australian Football League
Other investigators: Prof Hans Westerbeek, Aspr Rochelle Joyce
For period: 2021-2022
Not disclosed
Sports-clubs volunteer capacity to drive community-sport VU Contact
From: Change our Game Research Grant Program
Other investigators: Aspr Rochelle Joyce, Prof Hans Westerbeek
For period: 2021-2022
$24,720

Yarra Ranges - Participation in sport
From: Yarra Ranges Shire Council
Other investigators: Aspr Rochelle Joyce
For period: 2020-2021
Not disclosed
Sport participation benchmarking: Activate 2020-2030 proposal
From: Cricket Victoria, City of Ballarat
Other investigators: Prof Hans Westerbeek, Aspr Rochelle Joyce
For period: 2020-2024
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Careers

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