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Dr Zoe Avner


Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Zoë Avner completed her PhD at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in 2014. Her doctoral research drew on the work of Michel Foucault to examine how university coaches understand and use “fun” as part of effective coaching. Zoë has experience coaching and playing professional football in various international settings including France, the UK, the U.S and Canada. She has coached football across different age groups at the participation and high-performance youth sport levels.

Zoe Avner

Campus Address

Northumberland Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Beat the Game: A Foucauldian Exploration of Coaching Differently in an Elite Rugby Academy, Avner, Z., Denison, J., Jones, L., Boocock, E., Hall, E. 20 Jun 2020, In: Sport, Education and Society
  • “Good Athletes Have Fun”: a Foucauldian reading of university coaches’ uses of fun, Avner, Z., Denison, J., Markula, P. 2 Jan 2019, In: Sports Coaching Review
  • Fun and sport coaching, Avner, Z. Jun 2017
  • Understanding Effective Coaching: A Foucauldian Reading of Current Coach Education Frameworks, Avner, Z., Markula, P., Denison, J. 13 Feb 2017, In: International Sport Coaching Journal
  • Moved to messiness, Avner, Z., Bridel, W., Eales, L., Glenn, N., Walker, R., Peers, D. Aug 2014, In: Emotion, Space and Society
  • Poststructuralism, Avner, Z., Jones, L., Denison, J. 12 Mar 2014, Research Methods in Sports Coaching, Taylor & Francis
  • Bad landing: Charting the gold and criminal records of Finnish ski jumper, Matti Nykanen, Markula, P., Avner, Z. 28 Mar 2013, Fallen Sports Heroes, Media, & Celebrity Culture, Peter Lang
  • Bad landings: The Finnish ski-jumping hero Matti Nykanen, Markula, P., Avner, Z. Nov 2011
  • Curving coaching practices: A Foucauldian problematization of teaching skills and progressions, Avner, Z., Denison, J. Nov 2011
  • Fun, discipline, and the normalization of sporting bodies: Problematizing the fun imperative in high-performance sport, Avner, Z. Nov 2011


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