Professor Catherine Palmer is the Head of the School of Social Sciences. Catherine is a social anthropologist by training, but her research expertise extends across the social sciences. She is internationally recognised for her interdisciplinary research examining cutting-edge questions about pressing social problems, using sport as the prism through which to do this. Her work has appeared in leading international journals including International Journal for the Sociology of Sport, Sport in Society, Journal of Gender Studies, Social & Cultural Geography, Sociology of Sport. Catherine has received funding for her research from national and international funding bodies including the ARC, the NHMRC, the Alcohol Education Research Foundation, Joseph Rowntree and the Nuffield Foundation, among others. Catherine is the regional editor for the Journal of Social Sciences, and is on the editorial board of the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
Before joining the University of Tasmania Catherine taught at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Durham University, UK, and at Deakin University. Her previous appointment was as Associate Professor, Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University. She has held visiting fellowships in Europe and North America.
Catherine has worked with the United Nations on their Sport for Development and Peace Programme, the National Commission for Women (UK), the London Olympic Development Authority on women's safety at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Western Australian Sports Federation and the South Australian National Football League on alcohol policy in Australian sport. Catherine's latest book is Rethinking Drinking and Sport (Ashgate, 2015).
|Degree||Title of Thesis||University||Country||Awarded|
|PhD||A Life of Its Own: the Social Construction of the Tour de France||University of Adelaide||Australia||1997|
|BA(Hons)||Guerillas in Our Midst: the Tactic of la Perruque||University of Adelaide||Australia||1993|
|BA||University of Adelaide||Australia||1992|
- Advisor, Drugs and Crime, United Nations
- Member, Advisory Committee, Gold Cost Commonwealth Games
- Advisor, Women's National Commission, UK
- Advisor, UNICEF, Women's Sport International
- Expert reviewer, Alcohol Advisory Council, NZ
- Associate Member, Centre for Sport Policy Studies, University of Toronto
- Member, Advisory Committee, Centre for Olympic Studies, Loughborough University, UK
- Scientific Committee: Australian and New Zealand Leisure Studies Association
- Member, 2012 Regional Advisory Board, North-East
- Member, College of Fellows, Economic and Social Research Council, 2009 - 2012
- Executive Committee, Social Policy Association, UK, 2007 - 2010
- Mentor, International Sociology of Sport Association, 2012 -
- Ministerial Appointment to Social Exclusion Board, South Australia, 2005 – 2008
Managing multidisciplinary Schools, administrative and research units.
Sport policy, sport and social change, health and wellbeing, social research
Social anthropology, sports policy, qualitative research, social aspects of sport, social policy, applied social research
- Visiting scholar: Mulier Research Institute (Dutch Centre for Sport and Society), Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 2011, 2013
- Visiting scholar: International Visiting Research Fellowship, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia, 2010
- Visiting scholar: School of Physical Education, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2005
- Visiting scholar: Centre of Sport Policy Studies, University of Toronto, Canada, 2003
- Visiting scholar: Sport and Leisure Cultures Research Group, University of Brighton, United Kingdom, 1999
- Visiting scholar: Centre for Sport Development Research, Roehampton Institute, United Kingdom, 1999
- Visiting scholar: Department of Sports Studies, University of Stirling, United Kingdom, 1999
Catherine's recognition in her field of research has seen her present a number of keynote addresses namely:
- International Forum and Conference for the Sociology of Sport 2014. National Taiwan Sport University (NTSU), Taiwan 2014.
- The Body and Social Policy Conference, Leeds, UK, 2008
- Thinking on Two Wheels Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 2006
- Sport Policy Symposium, Centre for Sport Policy Studies, University of Toronto, Canada, 2004
Professor Palmer’s research has formed a body of internationally recognised work marrying empirical and theoretical insight across a range of topics including sport and alcohol, social inequalities and sport, sport for development and peace, risk and lifestyle sport, as well as major sporting events such as the Tour de France.
Catherine’s current research program is concerned with two over-arching themes: 1) Sport, and Societal Change; 2) Sporting Lives, Sub-cultures, and Performance.
Catherine’s research is focused on three main research topics:
i)Sport, alcohol, addiction, recovery: social contexts of sport and alcohol: particularly social practices and drinking identities, including under-represented identities (women, non-drinkers), culture change interventions and 'athlete addicts'.
ii)sport and social change: refugees and resettlement, sports-related activism and athlete advocates, human rights and violence against women.
iii)Sport, charity ad everyday activism: social capital, community cohesion, health and wellbeing, fundraising and social causes.
Professor Palmer’s research aligns with the UTAS strategic themes of Creativity, Culture and Society; Environment, and Better Health. Her work aligns with the Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISC), particularly its sub-theme of the social dimensions of cultural change where she led a large, multidisciplinary flagship research project (Risk and Resilience) within ISC.
Catherine has been involved in collaborative research projects on sport, health and well-being in Australia and overseas.
- 2008: With colleagues from School of Education, Department of Geography and School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University 'Monitoring physical activity, mental health, and activity space of children'. Wolfson Institute for Health Research (£23,000)
- 2005: Palmer, C., Sinclair, Y. & Carter, W. 'Increasing participation in sport among newly arrived refugee young women'. Office for Recreation & Sport Move It! Making Communities Active Program Grant (AUD$30,000).
- 2004: Palmer, C. & Raven, M. 'The culture of alcohol in Australian Rules football: Social meanings and public health implications'. Alcohol Education Rehabilitation Fund (AUD$165,995).
- 2004: Baum, F., Edmondson, W., Ziersch, A. & Palmer, C. 'Compositional and contextual determinants of urban health inequities: An Indigenous perspective'. NHMRC Project Grant (AUD$412,804).
- 2004: Baum, F., Orchard, L., Arthurson, K., Ziersch, A., Palmer, C. & Putland, C. 'Social capital and public policy: How social capital can inform public sector interventions to improve health and reduce inequities'. ARC Linkage Grant (AUD$294,666).
She is currently working on a new research project exploring the idea of 'Fitness Philanthropy', the growth of charity sporting events and broader discourses of illness, health and wellbeing.
Fields of Research
- Social and Cultural Anthropology (160104)
- Sociology (160899)
- Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
- Tourism (150699)
- Social Policy (160512)
- Gender Specific Studies (169901)
- Recreation, Leisure and Tourism Geography (160402)
- Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
- Counselling, Welfare and Community Services (160702)
- Social Work (160799)
- Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205)
- Economic Geography (160401)
- Social Theory (160806)
- Media Studies (200104)
- Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
- Studies in Human Society (169999)
- Consumption and Everyday Life (200203)
- Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
- Organised Sports (950102)
- Tourism (900399)
- Recreation (950103)
- Social Ethics (950407)
- Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences (970111)
- Gender and Sexualities (940113)
- Community Service (excl. Work) (940199)
- Arts and Leisure (950199)
She has held a number of editorial board positions including for: International Review for the Sociology of Sport; Sociology of Sport Journal; and Qualitative Health Research.
Journal Article(26 outputs)
|2017||Toffoletti K, Palmer C, 'New approaches for studies of Muslim women and sport', International Review for The Sociology of Sport, 52, (2) pp. 146-163. ISSN 1012-6902 (2017) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
|2016||Palmer C, 'Drinking, downfall and redemption: biographies and 'athlete addicts'', Celebrity Studies, 7, (2) pp. 169-181. ISSN 1939-2397 (2016) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Web of Science - 1
|2016||Palmer C, 'Research on the run: moving methods and the charity thon'', Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 8, (3) pp. 225-236. ISSN 2159-6778 (2016) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8
|2015||Palmer C, 'Assessing the sociology of sport: On controversies and scandals', International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50, (4-5) pp. 558-562. ISSN 1012-6902 (2015) [Refereed Article]|
|2015||Palmer C, 'Drinking like a guy? Women and sport related drinking', Journal of Gender Studies, 24, (5) pp. 483-495. ISSN 0958-9236 (2015) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
|2014||Palmer C, 'Introduction to special issue on sport and alcohol: On the contemporary agenda of research on alcohol within the sociology of sport', International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 49, (3/4) pp. 259-262. ISSN 1012-6902 (2014) [Non Refereed Article]|
|2014||Ziersch A, Putland C, Palmer C, MacDougall C, Baum F, 'Neighbourhood life, social capital and perceptions of safety in an Australian city', Australian Journal of Social Issues, 42, (4) pp. 549-562. ISSN 0157-6321 (2014) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
|2013||Palmer C, 'Sport and alcohol - Who's missing? New directions for a sociology of sport-related drinking', International Review for The Sociology of Sport, 49, (3/4) pp. 263-277. ISSN 1012-6902 (2013) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 7
|2012||Manley A, Palmer C, Roderick M, 'Disciplinary Power, the Oligopticon and Rhizomatic Surveillance in Elite Sports Academies', Surveillance & Society, 10, (3) pp. 303-319. ISSN 1477-7487 (2012) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 17
|2011||Palmer C, 'Key Themes and Research Agendas in the Sport-Alcohol Nexus', Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 35, (2) pp. 168-185. ISSN 0193-7235 (2011) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 26
|2011||Thompson K, Palmer C, Raven M, 'Drinkers, non-drinkers and deferrers:Reconsidering the beer⁄footy couplet amongst Australian Rules football fans', The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 22 pp. 388-408. ISSN 1035-8811 (2011) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
|2010||Palmer C, ''We close towns for a living': spatial transformation and the Tour de France', Social and Cultural Geography, 11, (8) pp. 865-881. ISSN 1464-9365 (2010) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 7
|2010||Palmer C, 'Everyday risks and professional dilemmas; Fieldwork with alcohol-based (sporting) subcultures', Qualitative Research, 10, (4) pp. 1-20. ISSN 1468-7941 (2010) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 19
|2009||Palmer C, 'Soccer and the politics of identity for young Muslim refugee women in South Australia', Soccer and Society, 10, (1) pp. 27-38. ISSN 1466-0970 (2009) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 33
|2007||Palmer C, Thompson K, 'The paradoxes of football spectatorship: on field and on line expressions of social capital among the 'Grog Squad'', Sociology of Sport Journal, 24, (2 June) pp. 187-205. ISSN 0741-1235 (2007) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 36
|2006||Palmer C, 'An uneven playing field: sport and inequities in Australia', Australian Journal of Social Issues, 37, (2) pp. 119-130. ISSN 0157-6321 (2006) [Refereed Article]|
|2005||Palmer C, 'A world of fine difference: sport and identity among young refugee women'', Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Journal Of, 6, (2) pp. 11-20. ISSN 1325-1848 (2005) [Refereed Article]|
|2005||Palmer C, Ziersch A, Arthurson K, Baum F, 'Danger lurks around every corner': fear of crime and its impact on opportunities for social interaction in stigmatised Australian suburbs', Urban Policy and Research: An Australian and New Zealand Guide to Urban Affairs, 23, (4) pp. 393-411. ISSN 0811-1146 (2005) [Refereed Article]|
|2004||Palmer C, Ziersch A, Arthurson K, Baum F, 'Challenging the stigma of public housing: preliminary findings from a qualitative study in South Australia', Urban Policy and Research: An Australian and New Zealand Guide to Urban Affairs, 22, (4) pp. 411-426. ISSN 0811-1146 (2004) [Refereed Article]|
|2002||Baum F, Palmer C, 'Opportunity structures: urban landscape, social capital and health promotion in Australia'', Health Promotion International, 17, (40) pp. 351-361. ISSN 0957-4824 (2002) [Refereed Article]|
|2002||Palmer C, ' Introduction' to Anthropology and Sport Special Edition', The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 13, (3) pp. 253-256. ISSN 1035-8811 (2002) [Refereed Article]|
|2002||Palmer C, ''Shit happens'- the selling of risk in extreme sports', Anthropology and Sport Special Edition', The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 13, (3) pp. 323-336. ISSN 1035-8811 (2002) [Refereed Article]|
|2001||Palmer C, 'Outside the imagined community: Basque terrorism, political activism and the Tour de France', Sociology of Sport Journal, 18, (2) pp. 143-161. ISSN 0741-1235 (2001) [Refereed Article]|
Citations: Web of Science - 14
|2000||Palmer C, 'Spin doctors and sports brokers: researching elites in contemporary sport - a research note on the Tour de France', International Review for The Sociology of Sport, 35, (3) pp. 385-398. ISSN 1012-6902 (2000) [Refereed Article]|
|1998||Palmer C, 'Reflexivity in global popular culture: the case of the Tour de France', Anthropological Forum: An International Journal of Social and Cultural Anthropology and Comparative Sociology, VII, (1 & 2) pp. 29-48. ISSN 0066-4677 (1998) [Refereed Article]|
|1998||Palmer C, 'Le Tour du Monde: towards an anthropology of the global mega-event', The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 9, (3) pp. 168-175. ISSN 1035-8811 (1998) [Refereed Article]|
|2015||Palmer C, 'Rethinking Drinking and Sport : New Approaches to Sport and Alcohol', Ashgate, Farnham UK, pp. 208. ISBN 978-1-4094-5337-6 (2015) [Authored Research Book]|
|2013||Palmer C, 'Global Sports Policy', Sage, London, England, pp. 240. ISBN 9781849205184 (2013) [Authored Research Book]|
|2001||Dillon S, Irvine N, Palmer C, Widing K, 'Cycling France', Lonely Planet, Melbourne, pp. 544. ISBN 9781864500363 (2001) [Authored Other Book]|
|2001||Wells N, Connellan I, Hines P, Hodgson L, Palmer C, 'Cycling Australia', Lonely Planets Publications Pty Ltd, Melbourne, pp. 456. ISBN 1-86450-166-9 (2001) [Authored Other Book]|
Chapter in Book(19 outputs)
|2018||Palmer C, 'Research on the run: moving methods and the charity 'thon'', Physical Culture, Ethnography and the Body: Theory, Method and Praxis, Routledge, MD Giardina and MK Donnelly (ed), London, pp. 197 - 213. ISBN 9781138290068 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2017||Palmer C, ''Running for Mum': Sports Charity Challenges and Therapeutic Places', Advances in Sociology Research, Nova Science Pub Inc, J A Jaworski (ed), United States, pp. 107-124. ISBN 978-1-53610-810-1 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2017||Toffoletti K, Palmer C, 'Invisible (Women's) Bodies', Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies, Routledge, Silk M, Andrews D and ,Thorpe H (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 286-294. ISBN 9781138817210 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2017||Palmer C, 'Ethics in sport and exercise research: From research ethics committees to ethics in the field', Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Routledge, B Smith and A Sparkes (ed), London, pp. 316-329. ISBN 9781138792487 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2016||Thorpe H, Olive R, Beale B, Booth D, Laurendeau J, et al., 'Looking back, moving forward? Reflections from early action sport researchers', Women in Action Sport Cultures: Identity, Politics and Experience, Palgrave Macmillan, H Thorpe and R Olive (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 978-1-137-45796-7 (2016) [Other Book Chapter]|
|2014||Palmer C, Thompson K, 'Everyday risks and professional dilemmas: Fieldwork with alcohol based (sporting) subcultures', Approaches to Fieldwork. SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Series, Sage, Sam Hillyard (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 337-356. ISBN 9781446267950 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2011||Collins S, Palmer C, 'Taste, ambiguity and the Cultural Olympiad', Watching the Olympics: Politics, Power and Representation in the London Olympiad, Routledge, J Sugden and A Tomlinson (ed), London, pp. 136-148. ISBN 978-0-415-57833-2 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2010||Palmer C, 'Soccer and the politics of identity among young refugee women', Fencing off Soccer: the Containment of the World Game in Australia, Routledge, C. Hallinan and J. Hughson (ed), London, pp. 25-40. ISBN 978-0-415-57562-1 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2009||Palmer C, ' 'The Grog Squad': An ethnography of beer consumption at Australian Rules football matches', Sport, Beer and Gender in Promotional Culture: Explorations of a Holy Trinity, Peter Lang, L. Wenner & S. Jackson (ed), New York, pp. 225-241. ISBN 9781433104886 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2008||Palmer C, 'Policy from the pitch?: Soccer and young refugee women in a shifting policy climate', Social Policy Review 20, Policy Press, Tony Maltby, Patricia Kennett and Kirstein Rummery (ed), Bristol, pp. 173-190. ISBN 9781847420763 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2007||Palmer C, 'Commercialization', Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports, Berkshire Publishers, D. Booth & H. Thorpe (ed), Berkshire, pp. C. ISBN 9780977015955 (2007) [Other Book Chapter]|
|2004||Palmer C, 'Death, danger and the selling of risk in adventure sports', Understanding Lifestyle Sport: Consumption, Identity, Difference, Routledge, S. Baum & K. Arthurson (ed), London, pp. 55-69. ISBN 9780415259545 (2004) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2002||Palmer C, 'Wheels of fortune: nation, culture and the Tour de France', Hop on Pop: the Pleasure and Politics of Popular Culture, Duke University Press, H. Jenkins, T. McPherson and J. Shattuc (ed), Durham, NC, pp. 499-604. ISBN 0822327376 (2002) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2001||Palmer C, 'South Australia', Cycling Australia, Lonely Planet Publications, N. Wells, I. Connellan, P. Hines, L. Hodgson, & C. Palmer (ed), Melbourne, pp. 267-294. ISBN 1864501669 (2001) [Other Book Chapter]|
|2001||Palmer C, 'Le Tour de France', Cycling France, Lonely Planet Publications, S. Dillon, N. Irvine, C. Palmer & K. Wilding (ed), Melbourne, pp. 29-37. ISBN 1864500360 (2001) [Other Book Chapter]|
|2001||Palmer C, 'Burgundy', Cycling France, Lonely Planet Publications, S. Dillon, N. Irvine, C. Palmer & K. Wilding (ed), Melbourne, pp. 259-280. ISBN 1864500360 (2001) [Other Book Chapter]|
|2001||Palmer C, 'French Alps & the Jura', Cycling France, Lonely Planet Publications, S. Dillon, N. Irvine, C. Palmer & K. Wilding (ed), Melbourne, pp. 343-372. ISBN 1864500360 (2001) [Other Book Chapter]|
|2001||Palmer C, 'Alsace & Lorraine', Cycling France, Lonely Planet Publications, S. Dillon, N. Irvine, C. Palmer & K. Wilding (ed), Melbourne, pp. 241-258. ISBN 1864500360 (2001) [Other Book Chapter]|
|2000||Baum F, Modra C, Palmer C, Murray C, Bush R, 'Families, social capital and health', Social Capital and Social Policy in Australia, Families, social capital and health, Ian Winter (ed), Melbourne ISBN 0 642 394709 (2000) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2011||Palmer C, 'Review of Muslim Women and Sport (eds.) Tansin Benn, Gertrud Pfister & Haifaa Jawad. London: Routledge', Sport in Society, 14, (5) pp. 726-732. ISSN 1743-0437 (2011) [Review Single Work]|
|2011||Palmer C, 'Muslim women and sport', Sport in Society, 14, (5) pp. 726-728. ISSN 1743-0437 (2011) [Review Single Work]|
|2008||Palmer C, 'Review of Ethics: Contemporary Challenges in Health and Social Care. (eds.) Audrey Leathard and Susan McLaren. Policy Press', International Journal of Social Welfare, 17, (3) pp. 275-276. ISSN 1369-6866 (2008) [Review Single Work]|
|2006||Palmer C, 'Review of Sport and Society: History, Power and Culture. Graham Scambler Open University Press', International Review for The Sociology of Sport, 41 pp. 120-122. ISSN 1012-6902 (2006) [Review Single Work]|
|2001||Palmer C, 'Review of The Olympics at the Millennium: Power, Politics and the Games (eds.) Kay Schaffer and Sidonne Smith, Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick', Australian Feminist Studies, 33, (15) ISSN 0816-4649 (2001) [Review Single Work]|
Conference Publication(2 outputs)
|2010||Palmer C, 'Football's culture of intoxication : implications for health promotion', EASS 2010 : Proceedings of the 7th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference : A Social Perspective on Sport, Health and Environment, 5-9 May 2010, Portugal, pp. 1-5. ISBN 978-3-8309-2015-1 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]|
|1999||Palmer C, 'Smells like extreme spirit: Punk music, skate culture and the packaging of extreme sports', Musical Visions, Selected Conference Proceedings from the 6th National Australian/New Zealand IASPN and Inaugural Arnhem Land Conference, June 1998, Adelaide, pp. 107-114. ISBN 1862545006 (1999) [Refereed Conference Paper]|
Grants & Funding
Catherine has received funding for her research from the ARC, the NHMRC, the Alcohol Education Rehabilitation Foundation and the Nuffield Foundation.
Number of grants
- By establishing a new, cross-disciplinary, cross-Faculty research collaboration between the Schools of Social Sciences and theGeography Discipline of the School of Land and Food the project will explore the connections between place, mobilit ies, and the burgeoning endurancesport sector in Tasmania. The proposed research complements and strengthens an existing research collaboration (ARC Linkage project) between UTas andUniversity of Wollongong (UoW) by extending the concept of city revitalization to regional revitalization and investigating endurance sports in thesecontexts.
- University of Tasmania ($6,990)
- Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Palmer C; Stratford E; Hookway NS
- This project will test the viability and sustainability of a consultation process with people experiencing homelessness. In order to test the feasibility of this idea and to develop models that would support the inclusion of people experiencing homelessness, it will consult with homeless people in the development of a model. This project entails holding focus groups and listening post activities for people experiencing homelessness in Tasmania to gauge their interest in being involved, and to seek their views about how regular consultations could take place.
- Shelter Tasmania Inc ($17,112)
- Contract Research
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Palmer C; Coleman AJ
- This project will conduct research that investigates the proliferation, trends, and risks particularly to vulnerable groups, of sports betting and its promotion in Australia and internationally.
- Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($16,000)
- Contract Research
- Administered By
- University of Tasmania
- Research Team
- Palmer C
|PhD||The Role and Impact of Organised Team Sport in Tasmanian Communities||2017|
|PhD||Shining a Light on Care in Direct Social Work Practice|
Candidate: Jenny Kathryn Hay