Dr Zoe Avner

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer, Sport Coaching

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exer & Nutr Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

z.avner@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 78502

Biography

Dr Zoe Avner studies sport coaching from a socio-cultural perspective. Her research focuses on improving sport coaching practices through the use of poststructuralist and feminist research methodologies.

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Research interests

o Athlete and coach learning
o Power relations and ethical coaching practices
o Affective dimensions of sports work
o Equitable and inclusive sport and physical cultures

Units taught

HSE105 Principles of Sport Coaching (Trimester 1)

HSE205 Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice (Trimester 1)

HSE321 Sport Coaching and Development Practicum (Trimester 2)

Knowledge areas

Sport Coaching

Postructuralist Methodologies

Feminist Theory

Conferences

Allin, L., Avner, Z., & Hayton, J. (2023). How are diversity and inclusion defined, understood, and practiced in a UK-wide outdoor organisation and what are the implications for sport managers? Paper presented at the European Association for Sport Management Conference (EASM) in Belfast, Ireland.

Allin, L., Findlay-King, L., Avner, Z., & Veuger, S. (2022). Engaging women students in activities to promote retention, career development and inclusive practice in teaching and learning. Paper presented at the Three Rivers annual conference (online).

Avner, Z., Denison, J., Jones, L., Boocock, E., & Hall, E.T. (2019). Beat the Game: A Foucauldian exploration of a top-level Rugby Union academy’s approach to athlete learning and development. Paper presented at the Cluster for Research into Coaching (CRIC) annual conference in Worcester, UK.

Boocock, E., Avner, Z., Allin, L., & Hall, J. (2019). An exploration into the gendered perceptions, experiences and practices of women participants and instructors on adventure training/skill development course in the UK. Paper presented at the Cluster for Research into Coaching (CRIC) annual conference in Worcester, UK.

Avner, Z., Boocock, E., & Allin, L. (2019). An exploration into the gendered perceptions, experiences and practices of women participants and instructors on adventure training/skill development course in the UK. Paper presented at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) annual conference in London, UK.

Avner, Z. (2011). Fun, discipline, and the normalization of sporting bodies: Problematizing the fun imperative in high-performance sport. Paper presented at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) conference in Minneapolis, US.

Markula, P., & Avner, Z. (2011). Bad landings: The Finnish ski-jumping hero Matti Nykanen. Paper presented at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) conference in Minneapolis, US.

Avner, Z., & Denison, J. (2010). Curving coaching practices: A Foucauldian problematization of teaching skills and progressions. Paper presented at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) conference in San Diego, US.

Professional activities

Associate Editor for Sports Coaching Review (SCR), the leading-edge critical publication for the international community of sports coaching scholars, students and practitioners. 

Co-editor of two books: Hall, J., Boocock, E., & Avner, Z. (Eds.) (2023). Moving Mountains: Gender, politics and change in mountaineering. Palgrave MacMillan.

Jones, L., Avner, Z., & Denison, J. (Eds.) (2023). Exercise and wellbeing after high-performance sport: Post retirement perspectives. Routledge.

Research groups

Body, Movement, and Culture Research Group (BMC)

https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/bmc-research-group/home

Centre for Sport Research (CSR)

https://www.deakin.edu.au/csr

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)

https://www.deakin.edu.au/ipan

Publications

No publications found

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Coaching the Coaches - the impact of a novel coach development model on player and coach participation in netball.

A/Prof Helen Brown, Dr Zoe Avner

Boroondara Netball Association

  • 2024: $3,800
  • 2023: $34,200

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report