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

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Sociology of sport
  • Gender
  • Sociology of health
  • LGBT physical activity and health
  • Historical theory

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Fiona Mclachlan

Dr Fiona McLachlan is a research fellow in the Institute for Health and Sport (IHES) and a member of the ‘Sport Diversity and Social Change’ research group.

Dr McLachlan completed her PhD at the University of Otago in 2012 and her thesis investigated the cultural representations of public swimming pools and their emergence and apparent decline. Through this work she produced an innovative methodology to analyse the politics of temporality, that is, the ways that social problems and issues are framed in ways that already have the future fated and then effects of this framing for social transformation.

Since arriving at VU in 2012 Dr McLachlan has continued her work on temporality, specifically applying these theories to understand the gendered structure and culture sport, physical activity and society.

Dr McLachlan’s interdisciplinary research has been published a wide range of high quality journals and books and she has led and contributed to several funded research projects, for example:

  • Netball Victoria Oral History Project
  • Increasing Women’s Participation in Cycling
  • Women’s Participation in Sport and Active Recreation in Melbourne’s West.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Otago, NZ, 2012
  • Master of Physical Education, University of Otago, NZ, 2008
  • Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Otago, NZ, 2004

Key publications

Year Citation
2017 Knoppers, A., & McLachlan, F. (170101). Reflecting on the use of feminist theories in sport management research (pp. 163-179).

doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-53318-0_11

2015 McLachlan, F., & Booth, D. (150101). Who s afraid of the internet? swimming in an infinite archive (pp. 227-250).

Year Citation
2018 Oxford, S., & McLachlan, F. (180901). "You have to play like a man, But Still be a Woman": Young Female Colombians negotiating gender through participation in a Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) organization. Sociology of Sport Journal, 35(3), (258-267).

doi: 10.1123/ssj.2017-0088

2017 McLachlan, F. (170102). Being critical: an account of an early career academic working within and against neoliberalism. Sport, Education and Society, 22(1), (58-72).

doi: 10.1080/13573322.2016.1236017

2016 McLachlan, F., & Curtin, J. (161121). Introduction: Women, sport and history in Australia and New Zealand. International Journal of the History of Sport, 33(17), (2069-2070).

doi: 10.1080/09523367.2016.1368904

2016 McLachlan, F. (161121). The silent game: A critical reading of the history of netball in Australia. International Journal of the History of Sport, 33(17), (2153-2168).

doi: 10.1080/09523367.2017.1364239

2016 McLachlan, F. (160303). Gender Politics, the Olympic Games, and Road Cycling: A Case for Critical History. International Journal of the History of Sport, 33(4), (469-483).

doi: 10.1080/09523367.2015.1134500

2012 Mclachlan, F. (120901). Swimming history after deconstrucrion: A queer engagement. Journal of Sport History, 39(3), (431-444).
2010 McLachlan, F. (100101). 'You can't take a picture of this - it's already gone': Erased evbidence, political parody, postmodern histories. Sporting Traditions, 27(2), (91-100).
2009 Loy, J., McLachlan, F., & Booth, D. (090101). Connotations of female movement and meaning: The development of women's participation in the Olympic Games. Olympika: the international journal of Olympic studies, XVIII(2009), (1-24).

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.

Women's participation in sport and active recreation in Melbourne' West
From: Wyndham City Council
Investigators: Prof Ramon Spaaij, Prof Clare Hanlon, Aspr Rochelle Joyce
For period: 2017-2018
$68,080
Enhancing Female Participation in Cycling
From: CYCLING GRANT
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed
Towards a Digital History of Disability Sport and Recreation
From: Disability Sport and Recreation
Investigators: Dr Matthew Klugman, Dr Robert Hess
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed

Towards a digital history of netball Victoria.
From: Netball Victoria
Investigators: Dr Robert Hess, Dr Matthew Klugman
For period: 2015-2016
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
4 PhD Associate supervisor
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (4) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jul 2012 - Aug 2019
Lecturer - College of Sport and Exercise Science
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jul 2012 -
Aug 2019
Lecturer - College of Sport and Exercise Science
Victoria University

Professional memberships

  • Professional Member, The Australian Sociological Association