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Dr Ruth Sibson

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5600, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2.238
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5600
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.238  


Ruth Sibson is a Senior Lecturer within the Sport, Recreation Event Management program in the School of Business and Law. Ruth is the Academic Discipline Coordinator: Business Services (Tourism and Hospitality Management, Sport, Recreation and Event Management, and Marketing).


By appointment.

Current teaching

  • Sport Business Planning


  • Academic Discipline Coordinator: Business Services


Dr Ruth Sibson is a Senior Lecturer within the Sport, Recreation Event Management program in the School of Business. She is currently the Academic Discipline Coordinator: Business Services. Ruth has been teaching and researching in the area of sport and recreation management for the past 20 years, and has worked at the University of Newcastle, Stirling University (Scotland) and at ECU over this time.

Her research interests focus upon developing sport, recreation, event and tourism opportunities for all citizens and business education, and she has conducted a number of recent research projects in these areas.

Ruth maintains strong industry links through her teaching and research interests and is an invited member of the Recreation Advisory Panel of the Department of Sport and Recreation (WA) and the North Metropolitan Regional Recreation Advisory Group.

Ruth also maintains links with academic associations; she is currently the Australian Membership Manager of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies (ANZALS) and has been a regular attendee at their conferences. She is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Annals of Leisure Research, the ANZALS journal.

When not working, Ruth enjoys the active side of sport and recreation as a keen hockey player and gym member, as well as the more passive side of watching sport (but particularly the AFL and the West Coast Eagles) on TV.

Professional associations

  • The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Member
  • Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ), Member
  • Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS), Member
  • Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE), Member

Awards and recognition

  • 2017 – Edith Cowan Athena SWAN Advancement Scheme Professional Development Award
  • 2013 – ECU Academic Staff Award for the Best ePortfolio
  • 2011 – ECU Vice Chancellor's Award for Engagement in Teaching and Learning
  • 2009 – ECU Faculty of Business and Law, Dean's Award for Exemplifying University Values

Research areas and interests

  • Sport business development, tourism and event management
  • Social change, equity and development in community sport
  • Leisure, recreation and physical activity
  • Business Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Newcastle, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, The University of Western Australia, 1997.


Recent Research Grants

  • Global Corporate Challenge Qualitative Research Project,  Centre for Heart Disease and Diabetes Prevention,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $5,168.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Strampel, K., Sibson, R., Main, S., (2017), Professional Development to Support the Embedding of ePortfolios in Higher Education Programs. ePortfolios in Australian Universities, 33-46, Singapore, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-1732-2_3.

Journal Articles

  • Tower, J., McGrath, R., Sibson, R., Adair, D., Bevan, N., Brown, G., Foley, C., Fullagar, S., Gray, L., Hawkins, C., Jeanes, R., Kerr, R., Martin, K., Maxwell, H., McDonald, K., Peel, N., Reis, A., Xing, T., Yerbury, R., Zimmerman, JA., (2018), State of leisure studies in Australia and New Zealand. World Leisure Journal, 60(1), 58-66, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.1080/16078055.2017.1343326.
  • Sibson, R., Scherrer, P., Ryan, M., (2018), ‘I think it adds value, but I don’t use it’: use, perceptions and attitudes of outdoor exercise equipment in an urban public park. Annals of leisure research, 21(1), 58-73, Taylor and Francis, DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2017.1290535.
  • Young, T., Sibson, R., Maguire, A., (2017), Educating managers for equity and social justice: Integrating Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in Australian sport, recreation and event management curricula. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education, 21(Part B ), 135-143, Elseveir, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhlste.2017.08.005.
  • Jackson, D., Sibson, R., Riebe, L., (2014), Undergraduate perceptions of the development of team-working skills. Education + Training, 56(1), 7-20, Bingley, United Kingdom, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/ET-01-2013-0002.
  • Rinaldi, G., Sanders, D., Sibson, R., (2013), The motivations and experiences of Australian Football League interstate sport tourists. Annals of Leisure Research, 16(1), 39-54, Abingdon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2013.770361.
  • Riebe, L., Sibson, R., Roepen, D., Meakins, K., (2013), Impact of industry guest speakers on business students' perceptions of employability skills development. Industry and Higher Education, 27(1), 55-66, London UK, I P Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.5367/ihe.2013.0140.
  • Jackson, D., Sibson, R., Riebe, L., (2013), Delivering work-ready business graduates: Keeping our promises and evaluating our performance. Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability, 4(1), 2-22.

Conference Publications

  • Sibson, R., Roepen, D., (2016), Evaluating the use of a career ePortfolio in the development of business students’ professional identities. ePortfolios Australia Forum 2016: Connecting learning to the future, 53-60, Brisbane, Queensland, eLearning Services, Queensland University of Technology.
  • Sibson, R., Riebe, L., (2016), Developing professional identity through self-reflection using an ePortfolio app. ePortfolios Australia Forum 2016: Connecting learning to the future, 43-52, Brisbane, Queensland, Queensland University of Technology.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Business,  A Review Of The Policy Development Processes That Relate To The Inclusion Of People With A Disability In Sport: Some Western Australian Evidence

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Family Life And Leisure In New Zealand: Leisure And Parenting In Heterosexual Couples During Pregnancy And First- Time Parenthood In Christchurch, New Zealand

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Business,  Effectiveness In Grass Roots Sport Clubs: Some Western Australian Evidence.
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