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Lyndsay Hayhurst

Assistant Professor

Lindsay Hayhurst


Department: School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York Research Chair (Tier 2) in Sport, Gender & Development and Digital Participatory Research
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Research Interests

Lyndsay Hayhurst is an Assistant 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; SDP in Indigenous communities; Indigenous peoples involvement in physical activity; cultural studies of girlhood; postcolonial feminist theory; global governance; international relations and corporate social responsibility. She is a co-editor (with Tess Kay and Megan Chawansky) of Beyond Sport for Development and Peace: Transnational perspectives on theory, policy and practice, and 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. In 2017, she was the recipient of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport's  Early Career Researcher Award. 

Published Manuscripts (Select Publications)

Wilson, B., Ardizzi, M., Hayhurst, L.M.C., McSweeney, M. & Otte, J. (2020, online first). “People still believe the bicycle is for a poor person”: Features of ‘Bicycles for Development’ organizations in Uganda and perspectives of practitioners. Sociology of Sport Journal.

van Lujik, N., Giles, A., Hayhurst, L.M.C. & Millington, R. (2020, online first). The Extractives Industry: (un)likely and (un)welcome partners in regenerating Indigenous cultures in Canada? Annals of Leisure Research.

Millington, R., Hayhurst, L.M.C., Giles, A. & Rynne, S. (2020, online first). ‘Back in the day, you really just opened your mine…and on you went’: Extractives industry executives’ perspectives on funding sport for development programs in Indigenous communities in Canada. Journal of Sport Management. DOI: 

McSweeney, M., Millington, B., Hayhurst, L.M.C., Wilson, B., Ardizza, M. & Otte, J. (2020, online first).‘The bike breaks down. What are they going to do?’ Actor-networks and the Bicycles for Development movement. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 

van Lujik, N., Millington, R., Frigault, J, Giles, A. & Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2020). “It’s like, we are thankful. But in the other way…they are just killing us too”: Community members’ perspectives of the extractives industry’s funding of recreational and cultural programmes in Fort McKay, Alberta. Leisure/Loisir.

Hayhurst, L.M.C. & del Socorro Cruz Centeno, L. (2019). “We Are Prisoners in Our Own Homes”: Connecting the Environment, Gender-based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights to Sport for Development and Peace in Nicaragua. Sustainability, 11(16), 4485. 

Millington, R., Giles, A., Hayhurst, L.M.C., van Luijk, N., & McSweeney, M. (2019, online first). ‘Calling out’ corporate Redwashing: The extractives industry, corporate social responsibility and sport for development in Indigenous communities in Canada. Sport in Society.

McSweeney, M.J., Kikulis, L., Thibault, L., Hayhurst, L.M.C., & van Ingen, C. (2019). Maintaining and disrupting global-North hegemony/global-South dependence in a local African sport for development organization: The role of institutional work. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 11(3), 521-537.

Gardam, K., Giles, A., Rynne, S. & Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2018). A Comparison of Indigenous Sport for Development Policy Directives in Canada and Australia. Aboriginal policy studies, 7(2), 29-46. 

Hayhurst, L.M.C., Sundstrom, L. & Arksey, E. (2018). Navigating Norms: Charting Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Sexual Health Rights through Global-Local Sport for Development and Peace Relations in Nicaragua. Sociology of Sport Journal, 35(3), 277-288.