Associate Professor Richard George Pringle

PhD, MEd, BPhEd(Dist), DipTchg

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Associate Dean - Post Graduate


Richard Pringle is an Associate Professor in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. He  is currently the Associate Dean Postgraduate and has responsibility for the overview of postgraduate programmes with an emphasis on postgraduate research.

Richard joined the Faculty in 2010 from the University of Waikato (1996-2009) and previously Auckland University of Technology (1992-95). He is a graduate of the University of Otago, University of Western Australia and the University of Waikato. His doctorate (2003) drew on Foucauldian tools to critically examine rugby’s influence on masculinities and gender relations in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Richard is a critical qualitative researcher who primarily draws on post-structural theorising to explore socio-cultural and pedagogical issues associated with sport, exercise, health, physical education and gender relations. He also has an interest in exploring theoretical and methodological issues related to critical research. In more recent years he has examined historiographical issues with sport history and the social significance of sporting pleasures.

He is the co-authour of Foucault, Sport, and Exercise (with Pirkko Markula), the co-editor of Examining Sport Histories (with Murray Phillips) and the co-authour of Sport and the Social Significance of Pleasure (with Bob Rinehart and Jayne Caudwell). He has also been the associate editor for the Sociology of Sport Journal and currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Review for the Sociology of SportAnnals of Leisure Research and the Asia Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education. Richard has co-edited two special editions of Annals of Leisure Research (Vol 142011, double volume: 181 p) and (Vol 10, 2007, double volume 337 p.).

Academic Awards

Winner of the 2015 Australian Society for Sport History, Anthology Award for Examining Sport Histories: Power, Paradigms, and Reflexivity co-edited with Murray Phillips

Winner of the 2007 North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) Outstanding Book of the Year Award for Foucault, sport and exercise: Power, knowledge and transforming the self, coauthored with Pirkko Markula.

Honorable Mention from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) for the Sociology of Sport Journal Award for the article ‘No pain is sane after all: A Foucauldian analysis of masculinities and men’s rugby experiences’, co-authored with Pirkko Markula.

Winner of the 2005 Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) Thesis of the Year Award for Doing the damage? An examination of masculinities and men’s rugby experiences of pain, fear and pleasure. Unpublished doctoral dissertation: University of Waikato.




Research | Current

• Sport sociology
• sport, gender and sexuality issues
• health and physical education
• Foucauldian theorising and sporting subjectivities

• sport violence and masculinity
• government funding, the Olympics and elite sport
• sport history and historiography
• neo-materialism, Deleuze and affect theorising
• pleasure and associated social issues in sport

Teaching | Current

Teaching: Current 2015-16

  • EDUC 104G: Sport in Society
  • EDPROFST 727: Social Theory and Physical Education (postgraduate) 

Teaching: previously 2010-15

  • EDCURRIC 237: Recreation and Leisure
  • EDUC 142: Health and Physical Education in a Diverse Society
  • EDCURRIC 135: Socio-cultural Foundations of Health and Physical Education
  • EDUC 791: Socio-cultural Examination of Sport and Exercise (postgraduate)

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Supervision

Current students

  • Hayley McGlashen: “Physical education, sexuality and gender issues: challenging homophobia”. Co-supervising with Katie Fitzpatrick.
  • Dillon Landi: “Sexuality, physical education and school sport.” Co-supervising with Katie Fitzpatrick.
  • Brian Davey: “Representations of international students: linguistics, power and schooling”. Co-supervising with Stephen May.
  • Lucen Liu: working title: “Chinese women’s understandings of western sport”. Co-supervising with Toni Bruce.

Completed students

  • Anita Harman: “E-motion: guilt and women’s bodies”. (2014): Co-supervised with Doug Booth & Lisette Burrows
  • Göran Gerdin: “Performing masculinities in school physical education.” (2014): Co-supervised with Louisa Allen & Alan Ovens.
  • Hamish Crocket: “Lifestyle sports, participation and ethics: An examination of the relationship between lifestyle sports and value positions”. (2012): Co-supervised with Bob Rinehart & Holly Thorpe.
  • Barbara Cox: "Can we play?” Female Footballers in New Zealand.: (2010): Co-supervised with Toni Bruce.
  • Damion Sturm: “Being Jacques Villeneuve: Formula one, ‘agency’ and the fan”. (2009): Co-supervised with Dan Fleming & Toni Bruce.
  • Holly Thorpe: Boarders, Babes and Bad-asses: Theories of a Female Physical Youth Culture. (2007): Co-supervisor with Doug Booth & Toni Bruce.

Masters Supervision

  • Corey Todd’s dissertation, “A school examination of teaching for social and personal responsibility”.
  • Darren Powell – MEd thesis, "A qualitative examination of primary school children’s perspectives on participating in daily fitness lessons".
  • Stephanie Chia – MEd thesis, "An investigation into primary teachers' preparation for and experiences of teaching aquatics education in schools"
  • Tony Ryks – MEd thesis, "Supportive environments for active living? A case study of local government discourses of the built and social environments and physical activity"
  • Andrew Vicars – MEd thesis "Taiwanese rugby masculinities"
  • Jody Pirret – MEd thesis, "Hegemonic masculinity and its effect on Māori men’s health"

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Faculty Postgraduate Committee (Chair)
  • Faculty education Committee
  • Board of Graduate Studies (University Committee)
  • Workload and Timetabling Committee (Faculty)
  • Senior Leadership Team (Faculty)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Gerdin, G. N., & Pringle, R. G. (2017). The politics of pleasure: An ethnographic examination exploring the dominance of the multi-activity sport-based physical education model. Sport, Education and Society, 22 (2), 194-213. 10.1080/13573322.2015.1019448
  • Pringle, R., & Powell, D. (2016). Critical pedagogical strategies to disrupt weight bias in schools. In E. Cameron, C. Russell (Eds.) The fat pedagogy reader: challenging weight-based oppression through critical education. Peter Lang. 10.3726/978-1-4539-1784-8
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Darren Powell
  • Pringle, R. G. (2016). Water safety and the value of interdisciplinary approaches: A concluding dip. New Zealand Physical Educator -Physical Education New Zealand-, 49 (1), 32-34. Related URL.
  • Pringle, R. G. (2016). Disrupting identity: An affective embodied reading of Runner’s World. In W. Bridel, P. Markula, J. Denison (Eds.) Endurance Running: A socio-cultural examination (pp. 95-110). New York: Routledge. 10.4324/9781315749518
  • Pringle, R. G., Rinehart, R., & Caudwell, J. (2015). Sport and the social significance of pleasure. New York: Routledge.
  • Pringle, R. (2015). Theorizing sporting pleasures across the disciplines. In R. Pringle, R. E. Rinehart, J. Caudwell (Eds.) Sport and the social significance of pleasure (pp. 41-63). New York: Routledge.
  • Pringle, R. G. (2015). Be happy play sport?: Governing happiness via the promotion of sport. In R. Pringle, R. Rinehart, J. Caudwell (Eds.) Sport and the social significance of pleasure (pp. 195-208). New York: Routledge.
  • Pringle, R. G., Rinehart, R., & Caudwell, J. (2015). Proem: Sport and the social significance of pleasure. In R. Pringle, R. Rinehart, J. Caudwell (Eds.) Sport and the social significance of pleasure (pp. 1-11). New York: Routledge.

Contact details

Primary location

Level 5, Room 521
New Zealand