Lyndsay Hayhurst is a Tier 2 York Research Chair in ‘Sport, Gender and Development and Digital Participatory Research’, Director of the ‘DREAMING Sport Lab’ (Digital participatory Research in Equity, Access, Mobility, Innovation aNd Gender in Sport Lab). She is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in Toronto, Canada.
Her research interests include sport for development and peace (SDP); gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health in/through SDP; digital participatory action research; trauma-and violence-informed approaches to SDP; cultural studies of girlhood; postcolonial feminist theory; global governance, international relations and corporate social responsibility; SDP in Indigenous communities; and the gender, sport and environment nexus.
She is a co-author (with Holly Thorpe and Megan Chawansky) of Sport, Gender and Development: Intersections, Innovations and Future Trajectories; and co-editor (with Tess Kay and Megan Chawansky) of Beyond Sport for Development and Peace: Transnational perspectives on theory, policy and practice. Her publications have appeared in Women’s Studies International Forum; Gender, Place & Culture; Third World Quarterly and Sociology of Sport Journal. She has previously worked for the United Nations Development Programme and Right to Play.
Lyndsay’s past and current research focuses on three interconnected areas:
1. 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;
2. 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
3. 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).
Lyndsay is incredibly proud of the students she has had the privilege to work with, many of whom have won a number of outstanding awards, fellowships and scholarships such as those from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Ontario Graduate Scholarships.