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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 Course Coordinator: Sport, Recreation and Event Management.

Key Research Areas

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


Dr Ruth Sibson is a Senior Lecturer within the Sport, Recreation Event Management program in the School of Business and Law. She is currently the Course Coordinator: Sport, Recreation and Event Management. 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 recently led a Tourism, Festival and Event Management student study tour group to Edinburgh in conjunction with Edinburgh Napier University.

Ruth also maintains links with academic associations; she is currently the 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.

Theme One: Health; exercise, nutrition, lifestyle and other interventions for optimal health across the lifespan.

Theme Two: Society and Culture; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society and culture, Diverse, equitable, informed and productive communities, schools and workplaces and, Individual, economic, organisational, political and social transformation.

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

  • Australian Centre for Research Into Injury In Sport and Its Prevention (ACRISP), Member
  • 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


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Newcastle, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (HONS) First Class, The University of Western Australia, 1997.
  • Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, The University of Western Australia, 1996.


Recent Research Grants

  • Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP),  International Olympic Committee,  Research Centres for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health,  2019 - 2022,  $568,107.
  • 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

  • Sibson, R., Stanway, A., (2020), Opening up perspectives on life: exploring the benefits of culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) sport and active recreation programs for participants. Managing Sport and Leisure, TBD(TBD), TBD, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1080/23750472.2020.1787211.
  • Stanway, A., Powell, R., Fradd, L., Sibson, R., (2020), Well-being, social and economic value of aquatic and leisure centres: a holistic model. Annals of leisure research, TBD(TBD), TBD, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2020.1787183.
  • 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, 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.

Conference Publications

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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