Georgia Cervin

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

    6009 Crawley


  • 4 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

Personal profile


Originally from New Zealand, Georgia completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Otago, before receiving her PhD in History from the University of Western Australia. 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.

Previous positions

Researcher / Analyst
Waitangi Tribunal Unit
Ministry of Justice (New Zealand)

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Research Output 2015 2017

  • 4 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 7 Article
  • 1 Other output
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis
Cold War
Balance of Power
Public Relations
Cultural History
New Zealand

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


Gymnastics’ centre of gravity: The fédération internationale de gymnastique, its governance and the cold war, 1956–1976

Cervin, G., Nicolas, C., Dufraisse, S., Bohuon, A. & Quin, G. 3 Jul 2017 In : Sport in History. 37, 3, p. 309-331 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Eastern Europe
South Africa

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. 1-17 17 p.

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