Dr Hazel Maxwell

Hazel MaxwellPosition

Director of Academic Programs – Health/Physical Education and Sport Development and Senior Lecturer in Sport Development, Leisure, and Recreation


Dr Hazel Maxwell is a sport and leisure academic. Her research and teaching focuses on physical activity, community sport, social inclusion and diversity management. She has been exploring social capital and diversity in non-for-profit organisations in sport and health promotion contexts. Most recently she has been investigating the sporting experiences of Indigenous women in Australia using a strengths-based approach. A decade ago, she completed her PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney which considered the involvement of Muslim women in physical activity. Prior to this, she has worked for more than twenty years in a variety of community development, health promotion and education settings in Australia and the UK. She regularly presents her research at national and international conferences, such as the Australia and New Zealand Leisure Studies Association (ANZALS) and publishes in Annals of Leisure Research and Sport Management Review among other top-quality journals. Hazel is also an editor for the journal Managing Sport and Leisure.

Research Interests

  • Gender Equity
  • Physical Activity
  • Physical Activity Health Promotion
  • Sport Sociology
  • Sport for Development and Peace


  • Australian Health Promotion Association (2018 - 2023)
  • Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (2009 - 2023)
  • International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (2021 - 2023)
  • Australia and New Zealand Leisure Studies Association (2013 - 2023)
  • International Working Group on Women and Sport (2010 - 2023)
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (2014 - 2023)

Qualifications & Recognition

  • PhD University of Technology, Sydney
  • MA Sport Stud. University of Technology, Sydney
  • BA (Hons) University of Warwick (UK)
  • ANZALS Award for outstanding contribution 2017-12-07

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 9685 9986