Issue 3 - March 2013

Centre for Sport and Social Impact Newsletter

In this Issue: 

Message from Professor Russell Hoye, Director CSSI 
External Research Funding Success 
New projects
Recognition and awards 
CSSI PhD Candidates 
Welcome to new CSSI members 
Recent publications and other outputs by CSSI Members 

Message from Professor Russell Hoye, Director CSSI 

This year promises to be a big one for the CSSI for 3 reasons. First, the announcement by the university to invest an average of $750K per year for the next five years into a Research Focus Area for Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation augurs well for CSSI members to work on a range of new collaborative projects with other researchers across La Trobe.

Second, the university has also created a new unit called La Trobe Sport, appointing myself as the Director and Lisa Hasker as the Manager of Sport Partnerships. This unit will be working to attract additional partners to the university, some of which will seek to work with the CSSI on research and evaluation projects, as well as promoting the capacity of groups such as the CSSI to undertake meaningful research work.

Third, a number of new PhD candidates are joining the CSSI this year, expanding the number of researchers interested in the complex phenomenon of sport and its value to society. Kirsty Forsdike (profiled later in this newsletter) and Hannah MacDougal (profile on the way) are two of the newbies – so make them feel welcome at upcoming CSSI events.

Professor Russell Hoye
Director, CSSI 

External Research Funding Success

The Big Issue Street Soccer Program – Research Grant $28,000

Dr Emma Sherry has secured additional funding to investigate the outcomes for participants of The Big Issue Street Soccer Program at a sample of sites across Australia, in addition to monthly surveys of the coaches of the national program.

This work builds on the previous studies undertaken with The Big Issue, a project which has brought in over $150,000 since 2006.

AFL Victoria Alcohol Culture - Research Grant $142,000

Associate Professor Matthew Nicholson, Associate Professor Kevin Brown and Professor Russell Hoye have secured funding to investigate the 'alcohol culture' within football across Victoria in 2013 and 2014. This work is part of an ongoing partnership between AFL Victoria and the Centre for Sport and Social Impact, with total funding of $330,000 since 2010.

New projects

Pam Kappelides is partnering with Respite Connections to develop a program is for teenagers aged 12 - 18 years who are carers of a family member with either mental health issues or disabilities. This includes looking after siblings and parents. All of the participants in the program are from Migrant families mainly Pacific Islanders. 

The young carers are at risk of slipping through the system and a partaking in risky behaviours which include drug taking, shoplifting, bullying. The aim of the program is to offer a mentoring session once a month which will include leadership, self-awareness, self-identity, education through a sport and recreation program in the West. Matt Nicholson and Pam have been commissioned to evaluate the pilot program to inform future programs. The evaluation will begin in March and conclude by November 2013. 

Recognition and awards

Vanessa Ratten has recently joined the European Management Journal as Associate Editor (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) and there is a general call for papers on sport entrepreneurship and sport innovation including areas such as social entrepreneurship, athlete entrepreneurs, sport business ventures, corporate social responsibility and technological innovations.

CSSI PhD Candidates

Kirsty ForsdikeKirsty Forsdike

Title: Participation in Sport, Women's Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing and Connections with Social Capital: an Ethnographic Study of a Women's Hockey Club

Supervisors: Professor Tim Marjoribanks and Dr Anne-Maree Sawyer

Summary: I am exploring how women understand and perceive their sport participation in terms of their mental health and emotional wellbeing and what connections can be made with social capital. I am also looking at how women use the sporting context to construct their identities; how they understand and manage their mental health and emotional wellbeing through their sport participation; and whether this can be linked to features of social capital. This is being done through a combination of ethnographic and auto-ethnographic methods, including interviews and observation within a hockey club.


David GallantDavid Gallant 

Title: The role of sport in Australian Prisons

Supervisors: Associate Professor Matthew Nicholson (Principal), Professor Russell Hoye (Co-Supervisor)

Summary: The role of sport and recreation in rehabilitating prisoners within correctional facilities is largely unexplored within the academic literature, despite sport and recreation being present within these facilities for more than a century. The growth in the Australian prison population, the resources allocated to the rehabilitation of prisoners and the little known about the efficacy of sport and recreation within correctional facilities suggests that there is a significant research gap in this area. The purpose of my research is to document the provision and efficacy of organised sport and recreation within Australian adult correctional facilities at the policy level, the administrative level and the inmates experiences. 

Youtube clip of my research -


David LowdenDavid Lowden

Working Title: Homosexuality in the AFL

Supervisors: Associate Professor Matthew Nicholson (Principle) and Dr Paul O’Halloran and Dr Lawrie Zion (Co-Supervisors) 

Summary: David Lowden is a senior lecturer and also completing his PhD. He is investigating why same-sex attracted AFL players are not open about their sexuality. David's research cuts across a number of academic disciplines and as such his principal supervisor is Dr Matthew Nicholson from the Faculty of Business, Economics & Law, with associate supervision from Dr Paul O'Halloran from Health Sciences and Dr Lawrie Zion from Humanities.


Biju PhilipBiJu Philip

Title: The Influence of Structured Sport Coaching in Children’s Social Integration and Leadership

Supervisors: Professor Russell Hoye (Supervisor) and Dr Emma Sherry (Co-Supervisor)

Summary: This research study proposes to investigate the potential of sport to foster children’s development, mainly in areas such as social integration and leadership. As part of this investigation, this study will conduct a cross-cultural case study comparing two cohorts of soccer players, an Australian group comprising middle-class urban (or suburban) children from varying socio-economic backgrounds and an Indian group comprising impoverished urban and rural children. The knowledge gained through this study will help to explore further on the topic to ascertain whether sport is just a flypaper to attract participants to broader social development programs, or an educational medium.


Erica RandleErica Randle

Title:  A stakeholder perspective on the efficacy of regulations controlling commercial tourism operators in Victorian National Parks

Supervisors: Professor Russell Hoye and Dr. Warwick Frost

Summary: This research considers the efficacy of regulations controlling commercial tourism operators in Victorian National Parks from a stakeholder’s perspective. The objective of National Park systems is to facilitate conservation of environmental and cultural assets, and to provide natural areas for recreation. Changes are currently being made to the regulations controlling commercial tourism operators in Victorian National Parks which essentially will allow private investment and development of tourism infrastructure, such as jetties and accommodation facilities, within National Park borders. Tourism industry groups are adamant tourism management has matured to ensure sustainable development in protected areas occurs, but conservation groups; the community; and recreation groups; propose such changes will have a long term detrimental effect on environmental protection and ensuring these areas remain accessible to all the community. 


Merryn SherwoodMerryn Sherwood

Title: The Mixed Zone: How Australian Media Managers influence the Production of Sports News

Supervisors: Associate Professor Matthew Nicholson and Professor Tim Marjoribanks 

Summary: This research aims to explore the Australian sports communication workforce, an increasingly influential body in the production of sports news in Australia, using multi-method approach of surveys, interviews and ethnography. While this PhD thesis is mostly exploratory given the lack of current research on this area, it will include a focus on the organisational roles and work practises of Australian sports communication professionals.

Welcome to new CSSI members 

We are pleased to welcome two new members to CSSI:

Brad WrightDr Brad Wright, School of Psychological Science, LTU. 

Brad’s research interest include areas of Performance and Health Psychology as well as Psychophysiology and Research Methods and Statistics. 




Lynnette EvansDr Lynette Evans, School of Psychological Science, LTU.

Lyn’s research interests include eating programs and the impact on relationship experiences for women.




Recent publications and other outputs by CSSI Members

Journal articles

Aisbett, L. & Hoye, R. (accepted for publication in 2013). The nature of perceived organizational support for sport event volunteers. Event Management.

Cuskelly, G. & Hoye, R. (accepted for publication in 2013). Sports officials’ intention to continue: Results of a time-lagged intervention study. Sport Management Review.

Spoor, J. & Hoye, R. (accepted for publication in 2013). Perceived support and women’s intentions to stay at a sport organisation. British Journal of Management.

Brown, K., Hoye, R. & Nicholson, M. (accepted for publication in 2013). Sport involvement and generalized trust. Journal of Sociology. doi:10.1177/1440783312467091 


Ruddock-Hudson, Mandy, interviews that appeared in the AFL Football Record in the final rounds (rounds 21 and 22) of the AFL season 2012 in relation to the research undertaken in the School of Public Health & Human Biosciences. 


Lowden, David, 1 march 2013, ‘Rowe off course on sport journalism’ 


Podcast series: Sport Unpacked,

22 February 2013, ‘Sport Development’ Russell Hoye interviews Dr. Emma Sherry 

20 February 2013, ‘Homosexuality in sport’ Russell Hoye interviews David Lowden 

For further inquiries or suggestions, please contact:

Professor Russell Hoye
Associate Dean (Research)
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law | La Trobe University | Bundoora, Vic 3086
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