Associate Professor Michael Gard

Associate Professor

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


A/Prof Michael Gard is an Associate Professor at the UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. He holds a Masters degree in exercise science and a PhD in the sociology and history of dance. He has written several books on a variety of subjects including obesity, science, and public health policy. While his primary field of research is in health and physical education, Michael is also a social scientist who has intentionally contributed to broader sociological scholarship of health and the body.

Research Interests

  • Physical education
    What is it for? What can it realistically achieve?
  • Dance education
    How do constructions of gender and sexuality intersect with the theory and practice of teaching dance to children and adults?
  • Obesity
    If we treated the study of obesity as an example of human culture, what would we find? Why has obesity become such a major public health concern and what are the ideas, assumptions and prejudices that drive this area of study?
  • Sports history
    How does money change sport? How does it affect the behaviour of players on and off the field? How do spectators relate to and think about sport as they are increasingly treated as mere revenue streams by the people they are supposed to "support"?
  • Digital technology
    How is digital technology being used to measure, monitor and promote the health of students in schools? Will it be used to educate and free the minds of students, or will it simply become another tool in the coercive surveillance of people's lifestyles?


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wollongong


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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Dionigi, Rylee A., Gard, Michael, Horton, Sean, Baker, Joseph and Weir, Patricia (2016). Sport as Social Policy Across the Lifespan. 2016 World Congress on Active Ageing (WCAA), Melbourne Vic Australia, 28 June - 1 July 2016. Champaign, IL United States: Human Kinetics. doi: 10.1123/japa.24.s1.s48

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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