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Dr Zoe Avner

Senior Lecturer

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

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Dr Zoe Avner is a Lecturer in Sports Coaching. Her research draws on poststructuralist methodologies to explore athlete and coach learning, power and coaching, and coaching ethics. Her work seeks to support the development of more ethical coaching practices and more diverse, equitable, and inclusive physical cultures.

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. 24 Jul 2021, In: Sport, Education and Society
  • ‘Lines of Flight or Tethered Wings?’ A Deleuzian Analysis of Women-specific Adventure Skills Courses in the United Kingdom, Avner, Z., Boocock, E., Hall, J., Allin, L. 15 Mar 2021, In: Somatechnics
  • “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
  • Learning to problematise ‘the way things are’ when coaching female athletes: 135‘Gender effective coaching’ in sport, Jones, L., Mills, J., Avner, Z. 3 Dec 2019, Sports coaching: a theoretical and practical guide, London, Routledge
  • Fun and sport coaching, Avner, Z. Jun 2017, The Sport Conference
  • 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: Physical activity, feelings, and transdisciplinarity, 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, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport

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