Georgia Cervin

Dr, BA Hons Otago, PhD W.Aust

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 8 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
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Personal profile


Drawing on her experience as an international gymnast, Georgia's work has focused on sport as a lens through which past cultures are revealed. Her work on gymnastics in particular has seen her investigate the internal politics of the sport, the effect of global conflict on gymnastics, and the role of gymnastics and broader international sporting institutions in Cold War diplomacy. She has also examined contemporary issues in gymnastics around coaching, bodies, policy and abuse. Georgia continues to work on both historical and sociocultural inquiries of gymnastics, in addition to research on women's sport and gendered sporting cultures more broadly.

Funding overview

2016, International Olympic Committee (PhD Student Research Grant).

2015-2016, Centrum för Idrottsforskning (Swedish Sport Science Fund), with Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Astrid Schubring, Roslyn Kerr, and Myrian Nunomura.

2014, UWA Frank Broeze Memorial Award.

2014, UWA Postgraduate Student Association Travel Award.

2014, UWA Graduate Research School Travel Award.

2013 – 2016, UWA Top-Up Scholarship.

2013 – 2016, Australian Postgraduate Award

2014, São Paulo Research Foundation, with Myrian Nunomura, Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Roslyn Kerr, and Astrid Schubring.

2014 – 2015, Lincoln University Research Fund , with Roslyn Kerr, Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Astrid Schubring, and Myrian Nunomura.

Current projects

Georgia is currently editing a book on biographies of women leaders international sport, and writing another book on the history of Women's Artistic Gymnastics during the Cold War.

Industrial relevance

Georgia's work in sport history and sporting cultures informs sporting institutions on best practice with regard to governance, policy and coaching. Her study of sport as cultural history also illuminates the historical soft power value of sport, lending itself to the formulation of more contemporary public policy and international relations through sporting diplomacy.

External positions

Researcher / Analyst, Waitangi Tribunal Unit

Oct 2017 → …


  • Sports history
  • Gymnastics
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports management
  • Gender
  • Olympics
  • Cold War
  • Governance

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Research Output 2015 2019

Growing up and speaking out: female gymnasts' rights in an ageing sport

Cervin, G., Kerr, R., Barker-Ruchti, N., Schubring, A. & Nunomura, M., 27 May 2017, In : Annals of leisure research. 20, 3, p. 317-330 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citations

The role of setting in the field: the positioning of older bodies in the field of elite women’s gymnastics

Kerr, R., Barker-Ruchti, N., Nunomura, M., Cervin, G. R. & Schubring, A., 12 Dec 2016, In : Sociology. p. 727-743 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

value system
3 Citations

“Gymnasts Are Like Wine, They Get Better With Age”: Becoming and Developing Adult Women’s Artistic Gymnasts

Barker-Ruchti, N., Kerr, R., Schubring, A., Cervin, G. & Nunomura, M., 28 Oct 2016, In : Quest. 69, 3, p. 348-365 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


From the Carpet to the Executive Committee: Women Leading Women’s Gymnastics

Cervin, G., Elias, A., Quin, G. & Guazzoni, D., 2019, (In preparation) Women, International Sport, and Governance in Modern History. Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter


2016, Finalist, Routledge Prize

Georgia Cervin (Recipient), 2016

Prize/award: Other distinction


Best Student Paper Award

Georgia Cervin (Recipient), 2015

Prize/award: Prize

honors and awards

Dr Paul Laffey Memorial Prize

Georgia Cervin (Recipient), 2017

Prize/award: Prize

Western Australia

Frank Broeze Award in History

Georgia Cervin (Recipient), 2014

Prize/award: Prize

Western Australia

Activities 2017 2018

  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 2 Publication peer-review

Science of Gymnastics (Journal)

Cervin, G. (Reviewer)
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Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Sport in History (Journal)

Cervin, G. (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Réseau d'études des relations internationales sportives

Cervin, G. (Chair)
2017 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Réseau d'études des relations internationales sportives

Cervin, G. (Organiser)
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Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference