Dr Andrea Bundon
Postdoctoral Researcher in Health and Wellbeing
Andrea completed her BSc in Kinesiology (Biomechanics) in 2006 at the University of Calgary before attending the University of British Columbia where she completed a MA (2008) and a PhD (2014) in the socio-cultural strand in the School of Kinesiology. Funded by postdoctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Andrea joined the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport in 2014 working on a project that explored the sport opportunities available to young disabled people in the UK in the wake of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Upon completion of this project, Andrea was employed by the PHC as a Research Associate leading a project on the retirement and career transitions of Team GB’s Paralympic Athletes.
- PhD from the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia in 2013
- MA from the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia in 2008
- BSc (major in biomechanics) from the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary in 2006
Current research (and teaching) interests
Her doctoral research was a collaborative project that engaged with members of the Paralympic community through blogging and other online communication platforms. On their research blog (www.athletesfirst.ca), they wrote about ‘hot’ topics related to the practice of disability sport and engaged with community members to discuss and debate these issues. Her dissertation explored how new media/social media such as blogging, Twitter, and Facebook are being used with the Paralympic Movement. Her interest in this work stems from her own experience as an athlete and specifically as a guide for a visually impaired nordic skier/biathlete at the 2010 Paralympic Games.
Andrea’s research addresses community engagement within the fields of disability studies and the sociology of sport. Working from a participatory action research (PAR) framework, she draws on a range of qualitative methods to explore the intersections of disability, impairment, physical activity and social inclusion. She combines traditional and emerging digital methods in projects that involve community members from the design phase right through to the dissemination of research findings.
Her current project, jointly funded by the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport and the English Institute of Sport, explores the career transitions of Paralympic athletes. She is working closely with the EIS Performance Lifestyle team to explore the employment and educational opportunities available to Paralympic athletes upon their retirement from competitive sport.
Previous research and experience
She has also been fortunate to work as a research assistant on a number of projects for her doctoral supervisor Dr. Hurd Clarke. Together they have co-authored publications on the intersections of chronic health conditions/disability and physical activity in aging populations. Her master’s research focused on the use of complementary and alternative medicine by members of Canadian national teams.
Selected recent keynote and conference presentations
- Bundon, A. (2014). ‘Are We Inspired Yet? Digital Storytelling About Youth, Sport and Disability in the Wake of the London Paralympic Games.’ (Video exhibition). 4th International Conference on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Loughborough, UK, September 1st- 3rd.
- Bundon, A.(2014). ‘Unless You’re Online, You’re on Your Own: Blogs and Bridging Social Capital in Para-Sport. Leisure Studies Association Summer Conference, Paisley, UK, July 7-9th, 2014.
- Bundon, A. (2013). “Honey or vinegar: Bloggers and readers and the use of the AthletesFirst blog in promoting disability sport.” Paper presented at the International Sociology of Sport Association World Congress, Vancouver, BC, June 14th, 2013.
- Bundon, A. (2012). “@AthletesFirst: Online debates and activism in disability sport.” Paper presented at the International Sociology of Sport Association World Congress, Glasgow, UK, July 18th, 2012.
- Bundon, A. (2012). “Audiences, authors and activists: Using a blog to connect with members of the Paralympic movement.” Paper presented at Third International Conference on Sport and Society, Cambridge, UK, July 23th, 2012.
- Bundon, A. (2011). “The Paralympics and the virtual sphere: Debating disability sport online.” Paper presented at North American Society for the Sociology of Sport 32nd Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 4th, 2011.
- Hurd Clarke, L. & Bundon, A. (2010). “Gendered narratives of health, aging, and dying: Older Canadian men and women and their experiences of multiple chronic conditions.” Paper presented at the XVII International Sociological Association World Conference of Sociology, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 15th, 2010.
- Bundon, A. (2009). “Complementary and alternative medicine use among elite Canadian athletes.” Paper presented at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, November 6th, 2009.
- Bundon, A., Hurd Clarke, L. & Miller, W. (2009). “Something I enjoy doing and that I can do”: Older adults with multiple chronic conditions and the meaning of physical activity. Paper presented at the 15th Qualitative Health Research Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 4th, 2009.
- Hurd Clarke, L. & Bundon, A. (2008) “‘It was the best of all make-ups’: Older women and the experience and perception of using lipstick.” Paper presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, National Harbor, Maryland, November 24th, 2008.
- Bundon, A. & Hurd Clarke, L. (2008). “The use and experience of complementary and alternative medicine among elite female athletes.” Paper presented at the International Sociological Association Research Committee on the Sociology of Health & the Canadian Medical Sociology Association Inaugural Meeting, Montreal, Canada, May 14th, 2008.
Selected recent publications
- Bundon, A. & Hurd Clarke, L. (in press). Honey or Vinegar? Athletes with Disabilities Discuss Strategies for Advocacy Within the Paralympic Movement. Journal of Sport and Social Issues. doi: 10.1177/0193723514557823
- Bundon, A. & Hurd Clarke, L. (in press). Unless You Go Online You’re On Your Own: Blogging as a Bridge in Para-Sport. Disability and Society, 30(2), 185-198.
- Bundon, A. & Hurd Clarke, L. (2014). “Keeping us from breaking”: Elite athletes’ access to and use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 6(1), 121-138.
- Hurd Clarke, L., Korotchenko, A. & Bundon, A. (2012). “‘The calendar is just about up’: Older adults with multiple chronic conditions reflect on death and dying. Ageing & Society, 32(08), 1399-1417.
- Bundon, A., Hurd Clarke, L. & Miller, W.C. (2011). Frail older adults and patterns of exercise engagement: Understanding exercise behaviour as a means of maintaining continuity of self. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 3(1), 33-47.
- Hurd Clarke, L. & Bundon, A. (2009). "From 'the thing to do' to 'defying the ravages of age': Older women reflect on the use of lipstick.” Journal of Woman and Aging, 21(3), 198-212.
- Bundon, A. (2006). “Medical services usage at the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina.” Pulse: The magazine of the Sport Medicine Council of Alberta, Spring 2006, 10-12.