Holly Thorpe

Holly Thorpe

Principal Investigator


Professor Holly Thorpe is a sociologist in Te Huataki Waiora School of Health at the University of Waikato. She works across disciplines, and with a range of theories and methods, to explore the complexities of sport, physical activity, gender and wellbeing in local and global contexts.

She has published over 100 articles and chapters on these topics, and has authored four books and nine edited books. She is a Fulbright and Leverhulme Fellow, and most recently, a recipient of a two year Royal Society of New Zealand James Cook Fellowship working with a multicultural team to understand how the pandemic has impacted women in Aotearoa, and their efforts to rebuild community in times of challenge and uncertainty. 

Driven to do research that contributes towards social change, Holly works closely with an array of international and national sports organisations to inform new practices, processes and policy development.

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