Researcher biography

Rebecca Olive joined the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences in February 2017. Her work contributes to critical cultural, social and historical teaching and research relating to sport, physical cultures, bodies, and health. Rebecca publishes in journals and books across Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Sport Sociology, and Sport History, and has co-edited a book with Holly Thorpe, Women in Action Sport Cultures: Identity, Politics and Experience (2016).

Rebecca's research explores recreational physical cultures in the field and on social media. Her work has focused on women and action/lifestyle sports and cultures, with a particular interest in surfing and the beach. Taking a feminist cultural studies approach to theories of power, ethics and pedagogy, she is interested in how we influence cultural change in everyday lived physical cultures towards more inclusive representation and participation. Current projects include:

  • Women and action/lifestyle sports
  • Surfing and social justice programs
  • Action/lifestyle sports as colonising practices
  • Self-representation on social media – elite athletes, recreational sports and fitness cultures
  • Using social media as a research method