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Dr Ashleigh-Jane Thompson Lecturer in Management, Management Sport & Tourism

Ashleigh-Jane Thompson, PhD, is a lecturer in the Department of Management, Sport and Tourism, where she teaches in the sport management program. Previously, she held a position in the School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition at Massey University (NZ), before joining La Trobe University at the Bendigo campus in 2018.

Her primary research examines the nexus between sport and media and communications, and sociology. Specifically, this research considers the (re)presentation of entities in media, digital and social media, and the influence and impact on the communication between sport organisations, athletes and consumers. In addition to this, she is currently developing a secondary strand of research related to official, coach and athlete well-being. Her research has been published in journals such as Annals of Leisure Research, Communication and Sport, the International Journal of Sport Communication, International Journal of Sport Management and the Journal of Applied Sport Management. Additionally, Ashleigh’s research has been presented at international conferences in countries such as New Zealand, Ireland, the United States and the United Kingdom. Ashleigh is a current member of the International Association for Communication and Sport (IACS), the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ), and the editorial board of the International Journal of Sport Communication. She currently serves as the Secretary on the SMAANZ board, and is a member of the Bendigo Tennis Association, Bendigo Academy of Sport and Proud 2 Play Boards.

In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Ashleigh maintains active connections with the sport industry by partnering with sport organisations for research projects, as well as working in media operations at national and international sporting events.

Awards and Recognition's:
2019 - Outstanding Paper in the 2019 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence

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