Professor John Evans

PhD(Sydney), BSc(UNSW)

Honorary Associate Professor


Phone: +61 2  9351

Fax: +61 2 9351 5027

Building.Room: A22.


  • 2011 Teaching Excellence Award

  • 2013 Teaching Excellence Award Koori Centre Team

Selected publications


Book chapters

  • Light, R. & Evans, J. (2015). Putting habitus to work in research on how coaches learn through experience: Identifying a coaching habitus. In L. Hunter, W. Smith & E. Emerald (Ed.), Pierre Bourdieu and Physical Culture (pp. 65–73), Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Evans, J. (2014). The nature and importance of coach-player relationships in the uptake of Game Sense by elite rugby coaches in Australia and New Zealand. In R. Light, J. Quay, S. Harvey & A. Mooney (Ed.), Contemporary developments in games teaching (pp. 133–145), Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Journal articles

  • Farnbach, S., Gee, G., Eades, A-M., Evans, J., Fernando, J., Hammond, B., Simms, M., Demasi, K., Glozier, N. & Hackett, M. (2020). What are the resourcing requirements for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care research project?. Public Health Research and Practice, 30(3). DOI:10.17061/PHRP29341911
  • Farnbach, S., Gee, G., Eades, A-M., Evans, J., Fernando, J., Hammond, B., Simms, M., Demasi, K. & Hackett, M. (2019). 'We're here to listen and help them as well': A qualitative study of staff and Indigenous patient perceptions about participating in social and emotional wellbeing research at primary healthcare services. BMC Psychiatry, 19. DOI:10.1186/s12888-019-2263-8
  • Macniven, R., Canuto, K., Wilson, R., Bauman, A. & Evans, J. (2019). Impact of physical activity and sport on social outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: a scoping review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 17(7), 1305–1311. DOI:10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-004023
  • Macniven, R., Canuto, K., Wilson, R., Bauman, A. & Evans, J. (2019). The impact of physical activity and sport on social outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: A systematic scoping review. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17(7), 1305–1311. DOI:10.11124/JBISRIR-2017-004023
  • Evans, J., Wilson, R., Coleman, C., & Man, W. . (2018). Physical activity among indigenous Australian children and youth in remote and non-remote areas. Social Science & Medicine, 206, 93–99. DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.04.018
  • Farnbach, S., Evans, J., Eades, A., Gee, G., Fernando, J., Hammond, B., Simms, M., DeMasi, K. & Hackett, M. . (2017). Process evaluation of a primary healthcare validation study of a culturally adapted depression screening tool for use by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: study protocol. BMJ Open, 7(11), 1–7. DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017612
  • Light, R. & Evans, J. (2017). Socialisation, culture and the foundations of expertise in elite level Indigenous Australian sportsm. Sport, Education and Society, 22(7), 852–863. DOI:10.1080/13573322.2015.1105208
  • Dalton, B., Wilson, R., Evans, J. & Cochrane, S. . (2015). Australian Indigenous youth's participation in sport and associated health outcomes: Empirical analysis and implications. Sport Management Review, 18(1), 57–68. DOI:10.1016/j.smr.2014.04.001
  • Evans, J., Wilson, R., Dalton, B. & Georgakis, S. . (2015). Indigenous participation in Australian sport: The perils of the ‘panacea’ proposition. Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 7(1), 53–79. DOI:10.5130/ccs.v7i1.4232
  • Georgakis, S., Evans, J. & Warwick, L. . (2015). The academic achievement of elite athletes at Australian schools. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 3(1), 84–97. DOI:10.11114/jets.v3i1.616
  • Georgakis, S., Wilson, R. & Evans, J. (2015). Authentic assessment in physical education: A case study of Game Sense pedagogy. The Physical Educator, 72(1), 67–86.
  • Light, R. & Evans, J. (2013). Dispositions of elite-level Australian rugby coaches towards game sense: characteristics of their coaching habitus. Sport, Education and Society, 18(3), 407–423. DOI:10.1080/13573322.2011.593506
  • Evans, J. (2012). Elite rugby union coaches' interpretation and use of Game Sense in New Zealand. Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science, 9(1), 85–97.
  • Evans, J. (2012). Specificity and cognitive demand: Beating a path to Game Centred Coaching in rugby. University of Sydney Papers in Human Movement, Health and Coach Education, 1, 85–94.
  • Evans, J., Forsyth, C. & Thorpe, K. (2010). "I don't like reading things online": Students' views about online versus hard copy access of course materials. Synergy, 30, 33–40.
  • Evans, J. & Light, R. (2010). The impact of Game Sense on Australian rugby coaches' practice: A question of pedagogy. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 15(2), 103–115.
  • Evans, J. & Light, R. (2008). Coach development through Collaborative Action Research: A rugby coach's implementation of Game Sense pedagogy. Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science, 5(1), 31–37.
  • Evans, J. (2006). Elite level rugby coaches interpretation and use of game sense. Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science, 3(1), 17–24.

Conference papers

  • Evans, J. (2007). Developing a sense of the game: Skill, specificity and Game Sense in rugby coaching. In R. Light Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Conference on Teaching Sport and Physical Education for Understanding 2006 (pp. 18–29). University of Sydney, 14-15 Dec 2006.
  • Evans, J. (2006). Capturing the Essence of Rugby through Game Sense. In R. Liu, C. Li & R. Crutz Teaching Games for Understanding in the Asia-Pacific Region 2006 (pp. 76–84). Hong Kong, December 2005.