Georgia Cervin

Dr, BA Hons Otago, PhD W.Aust

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

    6009 Perth


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I am a cultural historian who uses sport to examine issues of gender, race and class in society around the world. I have worked extensively on women's gymnastics, contributing to broader socio-cultural studies on learning, age, and abuse in the sport. A book based on my doctoral thesis, which focused on the history of women's gymnastics during the Cold War, is due to be published at the end of 2020. This book actively addresses the issues of abuse seen in the sport today, locating their foundations in the gendered construction of gymnastics and the Cold War imperative to win at any cost.

More broadly, my research continues to focus on women in sport, politics and sport diplomacy, and the governance of interntional sport. I recently co-edited a collecction that demonstrates women's extensive involvement in sport organisations over the twentieth century. That book, Histories of Women's Work in Global Sport, was shortlisted by the North American Society for Sport History, for best anthology.

I am based in Wellington, New Zealand.

Funding overview

2020, European Union Horizon 2020, (Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Fellowship).

2018, UWA History Discipline Group (Patricia Crawford Award).

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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Research expertise keywords

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


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