MEET & GREET THE TEAM … SHEREE BEKKER

I was born in South Africa, grew up in Botswana, completed my PhD in Australia, and now call Bath (UK) home. I am an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Injury Prevention in the Department for Health at the University of Bath. At Bath, I am Co-Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research, and a member of the Centre for Health and Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport (CHI2PS) and the Gender and Sexuality Research Group. I also serve as the Deputy Director for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Department for Health.

Internationally, I am an Early Career Representative for the International Society for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, and a founding member of the Qualitative Research in Sports Medicine (QRSMed) special interest group. In 2020 I was appointed as an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and in 2021 I became a Qualitative Research Editor for BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine.

I completed a Prize Research Fellowship in Injury Prevention at the University of Bath from 2018-2020, and I received the 2019 British Journal of Sports Medicine Editor’s Choice Academy Award for my PhD research.

My pronouns are she/her

 

@shereebekker

 

What is your main area of research / clinical expertise?

I am committed to research that is social justice-oriented, in the public health area of (sports) injury prevention and safety promotion. I have a special interest in sex/gender, and use qualitative methods.

 

What is your motivation to be a member of the BOSEM team?

I am genuinely excited by the real commitment to do things differently (well, as different as is possible within the structure) at BOSEM. We have a wonderful, engaged, progressive team that is a pleasure to be a part of.

 

What is a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?

I’m still really proud of this blog post about what happened to Dr Eva Carneiro and the gendered injustice in sports medicine that I wrote with Dr Tracy Blake in 2016. Whilst there are elements that we might write differently today, it opened up a space in which to talk about and work on social justice issues in sport and sports medicine.

 

Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?

The athletes who we work in service of.

 

What’s your favourite way to unwind after a busy day?

Over lockdown, like many people, I started walking every day. I’m now still walking, going further afield on weekends, and find it such a balm to explore England’s beautiful countryside.

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