Associate Professor Kandy James
Honorary Associate Professor
Associate Professor Kandy James retired from her role as Head of School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure at the end of 2007. That year she won the “Dean’s Award for Exemplifying Faculty Values.” She lectured at ECU for 20 years and has accepted an appointment as Honorary Associate Professor so that she could continue to supervise her PhD students and to represent ECU internationally.
Kandy began her career as a youth worker, and within two years was coordinating the Western Australian Rural Youth Service. She has held roles as Honorary Secretary of the first Youth Affairs Council of WA, which she helped form, and Honorary Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies.
Kandy’s major research interest is exploring the constraints to adolescent girls' physical activity - how girls' decisions to participate (or not to participate) in physical activity are affected by their audience in a particular space at a particular time. She has explored boys' and girls' attitudes to various recreational spaces in their community, school, and home in Australia and Taiwan and her work has been used by architects in the creation of public spaces. She is interested in developing health promotion messages that will encourage girls to become more physically active.
Kandy is a well-respected researcher in her field, with a diverse range of research publications to her name. Apart from the 2007 Dean’s Award, Kandy has won awards for Teaching Excellence (Best Tutor in the Faculty of Business and Public Management, 1998), Best Research Paper (Faculty Awards, 2000) and Best New Researcher (Faculty Awards, 2002).
- BA UWA;
- M Ed UWA;
- PhD Mur.