Lyndsay Hayhurst

Assistant Professor

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Norman Bethune College - BC
Keele Campus

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


Ph.D. (Kinesiology and Physical Education, socio-cultural studies) -
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

MA (Human Kinetics, socio-cultural) -
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

BAH (Sociology and Global Development Studies) -
Queen's University
Kingston, Canada


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. 


Selected Publications

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Articles Published in Refereed Journals [last 5 years]

Steinmann, J., Wilson, B., McSweeney, M.J., Hayhurst, L.M.C., & Bandoles, E. (In press). Experiences of ‘safe space’: From a bicycle program to the road. Sociology of Sport Journal.

Millington, R., Giles, A. & van Lujik, N., Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2021). Sport for sustainability? The extractives industry, Sport for Development and the Triple Bottom Line. Journal of Sport and Social Issues. DOI: 10.1177/0193723521991413.

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. DOI:

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., Ardizzi, 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, 44(12), 77-104.

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). ‘Calling out’ corporate Redwashing: The extractives industry, corporate social responsibility and sport for development in Indigenous communities in Canada. Sport in Society, 22(12), 2122-2140.

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.

Thorpe, H., Hayhurst, L.M.C. & Chawansky, M. (2018). ‘Once my relatives see me on social media it will be very bad’: The Ethics of Organizational Representations of Sporting Girls from the Global South. Sociology of Sport Journal, 35(3), 226-237.

Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2017). Image-ining Resistance: Using Postcolonial Feminist Participatory Action Research and Visual Research Methods in Sport for Development and Peace. Third World Thematics, 2(1), 117-140.

Gardam, K., Giles, A. & Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2017). Sport for Development for Aboriginal Youth in Canada: A Scoping Review. Journal of Sport for Development, 5(8), 30-40.

Gardam, K., Giles, A. & Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2017). Understanding the privatization of funding for sport for development in the Northwest Territories: A Foucauldian analysis. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 9(3), 541-555. doi:  10.1080/19406940.2017.1310742.

Hayhurst, L.M.C. & Szto, C. (2016). Corporatizing activism through sport-focused social justice? Investigating Nike’s Corporate Responsibility initiatives in Sport for Development and Peace.  Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 40(6), 522-544.

Darnell, S.C., Chawansky, M., Marchessault, D., Holmes, M. and Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2016). The State of Play: Critical sociological insights into recent 'Sport for Development and Peace' research. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 53(2), 133-151. doi:10.1177/1012690216646762

Hayhurst, L.M.C., Giles, A.R. & Wright, J. (2016). Biopedagogies and Indigenous Knowledge: Examining Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) for Indigenous Young Women in Canada and Australia. Sport, Education & Society, 21(4), 549-569. doi:  10.1080/13573322.2015.1110132.

Hayhurst, L.M.C. (2016). Sport for Development and Peace: A Call for Transnational, Multi-Sited, Postcolonial Feminist Research. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, 8, 5, 424-443. doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2015.1056824.

Hayhurst, L.M.C., Giles, A.R., Radforth, W. & The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (2015). “I want to come here to prove them wrong”: Using a Postcolonial Feminist Participatory Action Research (PFPAR) approach to studying Sport, Gender and Development programs for urban Indigenous young women. Sport in Society, 18(8), 952-967. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2014.997585.


Other Research Outputs

Reports, Digital Compilations, Policy Documents and Working Papers 

Hayhurst, L.M.C. & del Soccorro Cruz Centeno, L. (2017). Digital Story – Sport for Gender-Based Violence Protection: The Way We See It. Available in  English and Spanish:

Bandoles, E., del Soccorro Cruz Centeno, L., McSweeney, M.J., Hayhurst, L.M.C., & Wilson, B. (2020). The bicycle, agente de Cambio in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua: Findings and recommendations.

McSweeney, M.J., Hayhurst, L.M.C., Wilson, B., Bandoles, E., & Steinmann, J. (2020). The bicycle, safe space, social justice, and Charlie’s FreeWheels in Toronto, Canada: Findings and recommendations.

McSweeney, M.J., Hayhurst, L.M.C., Wilson, B., Ardizzi, M., & Otte, J. (2020). Cycling against poverty? The bicycle, health, and livelihoods of HIV positive women in Northern Uganda.

Kay, T., Hayhurst, L.M.C. & Dudfield, O. (2012). The state of play: Emerging issues in the contribution of Sport to Development. A position paper for the Commonwealth Secretariat. London, UK.




Service/Community Activities

Sociology of Sport Journal
Member, Editorial Board

Journal of Sport and Social Issues
Member, Editorial Board


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant (Principal Investigator) - 2016

SSHRC Insight Grant (co-investigator) - 2015

SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship - 2013

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship - 2011

Canadian Foundation for Innovation - John Evans Leadership Fund - 2018

SSHRC Insight Grant (co-investigator) - 2020


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Lyndsay's current research focuses on three projects funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grants. 


1. Bicycles for Development (2016-2021)

I am a Principal Investigator (co-investigators are Dr. Brian Wilson, Dr. Brad Millington and Dr. Rob Vanwysenberghe), on a study titled Cycling Against Poverty? Researching a Sport for Development Movement and an ‘Object’ in/for Development (2016-2021). This project focuses on the use of non-human objects and technologies in sport for development and peace – in particular, the bicycle – as possible catalysts for development. Publications emerging from this grant are featured in International Sociology of Sport Journal and Sociology of Sport Journal.

2. A Comparative Exploration of Sport for Reconciliation in Indigenous Communities in Canada, New Zealand and Australia (2020-2025)

I am a Co-Investigator on a SSHRC IG that explores sport for reconciliation (SFR) – or the use of sport as a means to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and settler peoples (2020-2025, PI – Dr. Audrey Giles, Co-Is, Dr. Dan Henawk, Steven Rynne, Dr. Rochelle Stewart-Withers, and Dr. Jeremy Hapeta). Despite this proliferation of and increased investments in SFR initiatives in Canada, Australia, and Aotearoa, there has been a dearth of scholarly investigation into this area -- a gap to which our international research team of Indigenous and settler scholars will attend. To address these issues, the objectives of our research are as follows: 1) to understand the prominent positioning of sport as a site for reconciliation by governments, NGOs, professional sports, and the private sector in Canada, Australia, and Aotearoa; 2) to understand the coverage and impact (or lack thereof) of associated policies and practices to advance culturally informed efforts in SFR; and 3) to conduct research that is itself founded on principles of reconciliation.

3. Strengthening Practices: Trauma- and Violence-Informed Physical Activity (2020-2025)

This SSHRC IG, on which I am a Co-Investigator (2020-2025, PI – Dr. Francine Darroch, Co-I Dr. Paul Peters), uses community-based participatory research (CBPR) to develop a novel approach to address physical inactivity and assess inequities amongst highly marginalized pregnant and/or parenting women who are affected by violence and trauma. Despite the evidence forbenefits of physical activity, inequities exist surrounding physical activity access and uptake.Trauma- and violence-informed physical activity (TViPA) is a strategy which accounts for the understandings of trauma and violence within all phases of program creation and implementation. The application of trauma- and violence-informed practice to physical activity has been identified as a powerful tool to develop appropriate physical activity programming and resources for individuals who experience marginalizing circumstances. Guided by the theory of intersectionality, this CBPR will focus on addressing physical activity inequities within marginalized communities located in Vancouver and Ottawa.


Research Projects

Privatized Aid and Sport for Development in Indigenous Communities (2015-2020)
I am a Co-investigator on a SSHRC IG titled, ‘Natural Resource Development, Privatized Aid, Sport and Development: A Comparison of Canada and Australia’ (2015-2020, Principal Investigator – Dr. Audrey Giles, Co-Investigators Dr. Steven Rynne and Dr. Tony Rossi). This project investigates how the politics of privatized aid provided by the extractives sector shapes domestic sport-focused health and development interventions that target Indigenous communities in Canada and Australia. Publications emerging from this grant are featured in Aboriginal Policy Studies, Leisure/Loisir and Sociology of Sport Journal.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Year Funded: 2015
Duration: 5
Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council