Professor Catherine Palmer

Catherine is currently Head of School of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania. She will spend three months at Florida State University to work on a study of “fitness philanthropy” or the connections between sport and charity giving. The project examines the motivations and meanings for personal donors, competitors and corporate sponsors in U.S. and Australia. This growth in fitness philanthropy raises questions about philanthropy, physical activity, illness, wellness and key sociological concerns about identity, community, charity and citizenship.

Catherine will use her time at Florida State University to create new professional networks in sport management and consolidate her expertise in the sociology of sport and leisure.