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Lyndsay Hayhurst
Banting Postdoctoral Fellow
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Lyndsay Hayhurst is a Banting Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow with the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. She recently completed a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-13) at the University of Ottawa that focused on the corporatization of sport for development programs targeting Aboriginal girls in Canada. Her research also involved fieldwork in Australia, funded by an Endeavour Research Fellowship, where she investigated similar programs for Indigenous girls in Western Australia.

She holds a PhD in sociocultural studies of sport, gender, health and international development from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Comparative Program in Health and Society at the Munk School for Global Affairs, and the Collaborative Graduate Program in Women’s Health from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Masters in sociocultural studies of sport from the School of Kinesiology at UBC, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with a double major in sociology and global development studies from Queen’s University in Kingston.

Lyndsay has also worked with the Commonwealth Secretariat on best practices in sport for development programs, and recently co-authored a position paper that was delivered to the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport (CABOS) in London, UK. The aim of this paper was to highlight some of the most significant research findings being generated from sport for development studies, and to use this knowledge as a basis to inform policy development across the Commonwealth.

Lyndsay’s past and current research focuses on three interconnected areas:
- Girl-focused sport for development interventions, particularly those that aim to: a) prevent gender-based violence through self-defence activities such as boxing and martial arts; and b) improve the sexual and reproductive health, education and socio-economic status of young marginalized women and girls through sport, particularly Indigenous youth in the global North (Canada and Australia) and in Sub-Saharan Africa;
The unintended consequences and impacts that global gender-focused development campaigns – which position girls as agents of social change (e.g., as situated vis-à-vis Nike Foundation’s “Girl Effect” campaign) – have on targeted beneficiaries, their nations, families and communities; and
Community-engaged, postcolonial feminist participatory action research that explores the growing involvement of non-state actors (e.g., corporations, non-government organizations, private foundations, etc.) in the development and “empowerment” of young women and girls through sport for development interventions (particularly in the global South and in Indigenous communities across the global North).


I am currently a Co-Investigator (with Drs. Audrey Giles (PI), Steven Rynne and Tony Rossi) on an ‘Insight Grant’ funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) entitled 'Natural Resource Development, Privatized Aid, Sport and Development: A Comparison of Canada and Australia' (2015-2019). 

My writing and research programme continues to derive from my recent fieldwork in Nicaragua, and past studies in Uganda, and with Indigenous communities in Canada and Australia. This work focuses among the links between sport, gender, international development, the politics of aid and corporate social responsibility.


Recent Articles Published in Refereed Journals 

Hayhurst, L.M.C. (In press). Sport for Development and Peace: A Call for Transnational, Multi-Sited, Postcolonial Feminist Research. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health.

Chawansky, M. & Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2015). Girls, international development and the politics of sport: Introduction. Sport in Society, doi: 10.1080/17430437.2014.997587.

Hayhurst, L.M.C., Giles, A.R., Radforth, W. & The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (2015). “I want to come here to prove them wrong”: Using a Postcolonial Feminist Participatory Action Research (PFPAR) approach to studying Sport, Gender and Development programs for urban Indigenous young women. Sport in Society. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2014.997585. 

Hayhurst, L.M.C., MacNeill, M., Kidd, B. & Knoppers, A. (2014). Gender-based violence and Sport for Development and Peace: Questions, concerns and cautions emerging from Uganda. Women’s Studies International Forum, 47, 157-167.

Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2014). The Girl Effect and martial arts: Exploring social entrepreneurship and Sport, Gender and Development in Uganda. Gender, Place & Culture, 21(3), 297-315. doi: 10.1080/0966369X.2013.802674.

Hayhurst, L.M.C. & Giles, A.R. (2013). Private and moral authority, self-determination, and the ‘domestic transfer objective:’ Foundations for understanding Sport for Development and Peace in Aboriginal communities in  Canada. Sociology of Sport Journal, 30, 504-519.

Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2013). Girls as the new agents of social change? Exploring the Girl Effect through Sport, Gender and Development programs in Uganda. Sociological Research Online (Special Issue: Modern Girlhoods), 18(2).


Darnell, S.C. & Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2012). Hegemony, resistance, postcolonialism, and Sport-for Development: A response to Lindsey & Grattan. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 4(1), 111-124.


Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2011). Corporatising sport, gender and development: Postcolonial IR feminisms, transnational private governance and Global Corporate Social Engagement (GCSE). Third World Quarterly, 32(3), 531-549.

Darnell, S. C. & Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2011). Sport for Decolonization: Exploring a new praxis of sport for development. Progress in Development Studies, 11(3), 183-196.


Hayhurst, L.M.C. & Frisby, W. (2010). Inevitable tensions: Swiss and Canadian sport for development NGO perspectives on partnerships with high perfor mance sport. European Sport Management Quarterly, 10(1), 75-96.

Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2009). The power to shape policy: Charting sport for development and peace policy discourses. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 1(2), 203 227.

Edited Books 

Hayhurst, L.M.C., Kay, T. & Chawansky, M. (Eds., In press). Beyond Sport for Development and Peace: Transnational perspectives on theory, policy and practice. London: Routledge: 

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