Georgia Cervin

Dr, BA Hons Otago, PhD W.Aust

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

    6009 Perth


  • 13 Citations
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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 2020

1 Citation (Scopus)

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 Citation (Scopus)

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
5 Citations (Scopus)

“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


Acrobatisation and establishment of pixie-style WAG

Cervin, G., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Behind the Grace and Power: The socio-cultural story of Women's Artistic Gymnastics. Routeledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter


2016, Finalist, Routledge Prize

Georgia Cervin (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Other distinction

honors and awards
Western Australia
Western Australia

Activities 2017 2019

  • 3 Contribution to a conference
  • 3 Publication peer review
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Membership of professional association

ISSA World Congress of Sociology of Sport

Georgia Cervin (Participant)

Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution to a conference

De Gruyter Mouton (Publisher)

Georgia Cervin (Reviewer)
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Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

The International Journal of the History of Sport (Journal)

Georgia Cervin (Reviewer)
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Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer review

Science of Gymnastics (Journal)

Georgia Cervin (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer review

Treasurer, New Zealand Historical Association (External organisation)

Georgia Cervin (Member)

Activity: MembershipsMembership of professional association