Michael Gard, PhD

BPhysEd (ACPE), Master of Sport Science (UNSW), PhD (UOW)

Contact details

Room: 528


As well as an academic, I have been a computer programmer, school teacher, tournament squash player, music collector, frustrated rock-star, church spotter and lycra-lout. Beginning in 1996 I spent 14 happy years at Charles Sturt University's Bathurst campus and then four more at Southern Cross University in Lismore. I have written books on ballet, obesity, schools and public health, maintain a travel blog, write for a range of websites, collect guitars and spend an inordinate amount of time in cafes. 

Research Interests

I teach, research and write about how the human body is and has been used, experienced, educated, measured and governed. This work includes projects on the science of obesity, the history of sport, the uses of digital technology in health and physical education, and the sexual and gender politics of dance education. With Carolyn Pluim, I recently completed my fourth book, Schools and Public Health: Past, Present, Future, which considers the historical and contemporary relationships between schools and public health policy. I currently lead an ARC Discovery Grant ($177,000) entitled "Small technology, big data and the business of young people's health: an international investigation of the digitisation of school health and physical education", and hold a Canadian Social Science and Health Research Council Insight Grant (CAD$199,492) entitled "The meaning of sport in the lives of older people across the physical activity spectrum: towards policy recommendations."


View a list of Associate Professor Michael Gard's  publications.