Associate Head of School

Associate Professor Chelsea Litchfield

PhD, Honours (Human Movement) - Class H1, BAppSc (Physical Education)

Associate Head of School (Staff Supervision and Development) / Associate Professor in Human Movement
Building 1431 Room 1.26

Dr Chelsea Litchfield is a Senior Lecturer in Human Movement studies in the school of Exercise
Science, Sport and Health. Dr Litchfield is also the School Honours Coordinator and the Chair of
the school Research Management committee.

Dr Litchfield joined the School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health at Charles Sturt University in
January 2009. Previously, Dr Litchfield completed her studies through Victoria University in
Melbourne, where she also taught into their academic programs. Dr Litchfield holds a Bachelor
of Applied Science degree in Physical Education, a Class 1 Honours degree in Human Movement
and her PhD research explored the culture of and finding safe and affirming spaces in women's
team sports in Melbourne.

Dr Litchfield teaches in the areas of sports media, sport ethics and Indigenous participation in

Dr Litchfield's research focuses predominately on the relationship between sport and various
forms of (online, social and traditional) media. In particular, her research explores how gender
intersects with both sport and media, in relation to sporting fans, athletes and leadership
positions in sport. Critical feminism, third-wave and post feminism are often used as theoretical
lenses to explore this type of research. Dr Litchfield's research has explored sporting spaces for
athletes from LGBT groups, social media spaces for female athletes and female sports
journalists, social media abuse aimed at athletes and a number of ethical issues in sport. Dr
Litchfield has established research collaborations with researchers from a number of Australian
universities and Bournemouth University in England.

Professional Memberships

  • Self-Assessment Team (SAT) of Athena Swan project at Charles Sturt University
  • Chair of Research Management Committee – School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health, Charles Sturt University
  • Honours Coordinator - School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health, Charles Sturt University
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) – Sport Thematic group member
  • International Society of the History of Physical Education (ISHPES) member
  • Australian Society for Sports History (ASSH) member
  • International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) member
  • Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) member

Dr Litchfield's primary teaching areas include:

  • The relationship between sport and media
  • Ethical considerations in sport
  • Indigenous people: Sport, identity and culture
  • Research Methods in Exercise Science, Sport and Health

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