Dr Kasey Symons
- Sport Innovation Research Group
Kasey Symons is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Swinburne University working within the Sport Innovation Research Group. Kasey works across projects specialising in sport for development and sport and social impact. Kasey has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing), Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) and PhD at Victoria University. Kasey's creative PhD thesis investigated experiences of female fans of elite men's sport through the lens of gender bias and performance.
Kasey’s current research interests include community development through sport, undertaking a broad range of research projects with national and regional sport organisations in Australia including the Victorian Government, National Rugby League and Australian Football League. Other recent research has included access and equity in sport participation, sport and recreation for at-risk and marginalised communities, sport marketing and fan enagement and representation of women in sport in literature and popular culture. Kasey is also the media manager for the North American based Sport Literature Association.
Outside of her academic career, Kasey has worked in Australian Rules football administration across several AFL clubs and AFL Head Office in marketing and communications. Kasey also frequently works in the media covering, predominantly women's sport and is a co-founder of the women in sport collective, Siren Sport. Kasey is also a Director of the Fitzroy Football Club who compete in the VAFA.
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.
Also published as: Symons, Kasey; Symons, K.
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2022: Investigating the lived experiences of rural women involved in the football-netball club environment. *; Change Our Game Research Grants Program
- 2022: PREVENTING VIOLENCE THROUGH SPORT PROGRAM *; Merri Community Health Services - Fund Scheme
- 2022: Women & Girls ? Monitoring & Evaluation *; Tennis Australia
- 2021: AFL Indigenous Girls Youth Mentoring Program *; Australian Football League
- 2020: AFL Youth Mentoring Pilot Program *; Australian Football League
* Chief Investigator
- 2023-03-07: A Love Letter to the Outer Sanctum - Siren Sport
- 2022-10-19: WOMEN’S SPORTS ARE THE STARTUPS OF A BIG, CORPORATE SPORTS WORLD - WNBL
- 2022-10-09: Growing women's basketball fan community highlighted at recent World Cup in Sydney - ABC
- 2022-09-25: 'What are we doing wrong?': The fight for equality in women's basketball highlighted in new documentary series - ABC
- 2022-09-18: Golf Australia is making parental support a priority, in a move to keep women in their jobs - ABC
- 2021-11-28: Natasha Van Eldik is one of Australia's best at bowls, but not all women have felt welcome on the green - ABC
- 2021-05-27: Is it ever OK to abandon your team? - The Minefield with Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens - ABC
- 2021-04-18: Brisbane Lions complete AFLW fairytale - The Guardian
- 2021-04-13: Blazing trails, a unique culture and on-field excellence: the success story which is AFLW - ESPN
- 2021-04-05: Heartbreak is a privilege in 2021, and AFLW finals are gripping devastation - The Guardian
- 2021-03-22: Footy's back? AFLW returned weeks ago – language in sport counts - The Guardian
- 2021-02-22: Commitment to cultural change AFLW's constant amid uncertainty - The Guardian
- 2021-02-08: Bright and beautiful Pride round shows AFLW a safe space for all - The Guardian
- 2020-11-10: Debate over experience keeps door shut to female coaches seeking to enter men's sport - The Guardian
- 2020-11-09: RISE UP means this WNBL season will be unique, and even bigger than basketball - ABC
- 2020-08-27: Australian Cricket Press for Progress Report - Siren Sport
- 2020-07-07: The Minefield with Waleed Aly & Scott Stephens - ABC
- 2020-06-26: Australian girls set to join grassroots football 'in droves' after successful 2023 FIFA World Cup bid - SBS
- 2020-03-17: AFLW community rallies in face of coronavirus-impacted season - The Guardian
- 2020-03-09: T20 women's final hits ratings high despite 'big opportunity lost' - The Sydney Morning Herald