Transforming the sport landscape toward gender equality for all.


Globally recognized, impactful and critical research on gender, global sport, health and international development.

Research Profile

Journal of Sport for Development announces Early Career Scholar Award – Dr Sarah Zipp.


Peer-reviewed publications include articles in the Journal of Sport Management, Sport in Society and the Journal of Sport for Development.

Collaborative research project with the National Organisation for Women in Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR) of Zambia on menstrual health education in sport for development.

Research Associate for the Observatory for Sport in Scotland.
Routledge Handbook of Global Sport (2020) – Edited by John Nauright and Sarah Zipp

Global Markets and Global Impact of Sports (2018) – Edited by John Nauright and Sarah Zipp
Changing the game or dropping the ball? Sport and human capability development for at risk youth in Barbados and St. Lucia (2017)


Media articles, speeches, workshops, panels and taskforces.

Articles featured in The Conversation.

Hosting the Go with the Flow workshop on menstrual health and sport – UK Menstruation Research Network funded by the Wellcome Trust Foundation.
(University of Stirling, UK).
Keynote Speaker on gender equality and sport for development for the GETZ project. Norwegian media coverage of the GETZ conference.
(Molde, Norway)
Sport as foreign policy at the Big Tent Festival 2019 – British Foreign Policy Group.
(London, UK)
Teaching about gender in sport at the Tsukuba International Academy for Sport (TIAS) master’s programme in Japan. TIAS is the official Olympic Legacy education programme for Tokyo 2020.
(Tsukuba, Japan)


Campaigning for gender equality and girls/women’s health in sport and physical activity.

Speaker on menstrual health and sport for the Sheerose Foundation (India) Women in Sport Conference 2020.
Interview with the National
newspaper in the UAE on the new Rajasthan Royals “Let’s Talk Periods” campaign and sponsorship. The Royals are a club in the Indian Premier League for cricket.
Collaborating with the Saudi Arabian Olympic Academy on increasing participation of girls and women in sport and supervising a PhD on gender and sport in Saudi Arabia.
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Discussing gender equality in the Olympic Solidarity programme at the International Olympic Committee.
(Lausanne, Switzerland)

JSFD Early Career Scholar Award – My research and advocacy goals, my journey and advocating for gender equality in sport for development.

Invited Consultancy, Speeches, Workshops, other Presentations 

  1. Gender Equality Toolkit for Generation Z (GETZ) Conference – Keynote Speaker (Norway) – Delivered Keynote speech on Gender equality and sport for development for the GETZ project (Erasmus funded project).
  2. International Working Group on Women in Sport (IWG) (Switzerland) – Invited to contribute to research team for a feasibility study on the establishment of a Global Observatory for Women and Sport. This is a project directed by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and funded by the Switzerland government.
  3. Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC) (Saudi Arabia) – Consultant for SAOC to develop content, speak/moderate and organise speakers for the inaugural Saudi Arabia Games Forum (March 2020).
  4. UK Government Period Poverty Taskforce (UK) – Consultant for research workshop (October 2019). This taskforce is chaired by the Minister for Women & Equalities, Plan International and Procter & Gamble. Participation in the taskforce is an ideal opportunity for my research to have impact on policy.
  5. Wellcome Trust Foundation (UK) – Consultant for Public Engagement team to advise on a study about adolescent girls, menstruation and sport and physical activity (July 2019).
  6. Big Tent Ideas Festival (UK) – Invited to present on panel “Sport and soft power,” (August 2019). This  event was sponsored by the British Foreign Policy Group.
  7. Festival of Research (UK) – University of Stirling. Presented “Voices from the field – researching in developing countries (May 2019).
  8. University of Tsukuba (Japan) – Invited to collaborate on research and deliver lectures at the Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS) (April 2019).
  9. Being Human festival (UK) –Invited as “expert” panelist on menstrual health at Liverpool John Moores University Being Human Festival (LJMU) (November 2018).
  10. Washington and Lee University National Girls & Women’s Sports Day (USA) – Presented to women’s athletic teams in celebration of National Women’s Sports Day. Delivered radio interview on International Education (February 2013).