Emeritus Professor Richard Light

BEd, DipEd, MEd, PhD
Honorary Professor
+61 2 93512606
Education Building A35 / 307
The University of Sydney

Doctoral thesis award, Australian Association for Research in Education
Teaching Excellence Award, Faulty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney 
Award for Research Excellence, College of Education, Health and Human Development, The University of Canterbury, New Zealand 

  • Emeritus Professor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Adjunct Professor, Southern ross University
  • Visiting Professor, Waseda University, Japan
  • Member, Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d'Education Physique [International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education] 
  • Member, British Education Research Association
  • Member, Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Member, Australian Association for Research in Education 

Light, R. L. & Curry, C. (Eds) (2021) Game Sense for teaching and coaching: International perspectives. London: Routledge.
Light, R. L. & Harvey, S. (Eds) (2021) Applications of Positive Pedagogy for sport coaching: International cases. London and New York: Routledge.
Light, R. L. & Clarke, J.  (2021) Understanding the complexity of learning through Movement (2021). In special issue on Movement Capabilities. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 26(3), 268-278.
Holmes, P., Light, R. L. & Sparkes, A. C. (2021). The influence of early life experiences on English and Australian Super League coaches’ learning. Sport, Education and Society, 26(2), 202-213. 
Light, R. L., Evans, J. R. & Lavallee, D. (2021) The long road from local communities to professional sport and the culture of the global sport industry for Indigenous Australians, Sport in Society 24(5), 760-772.
Sports World VI: Black Lives Matter in the sports world, Guest editors: Dain TePoel & John Nauright.

Light, R., & Harvey, S. (2019) Positive Pedagogy for coaching (2nd edn). London & New York: Routledge.

Light, R. L., & Evans, J. R. (2018).  Indigenous stories of success in Australian sport: Journeys to the AFL and NRL. London: Palgrave MacMillan. 10.1007/978-3-319-66450-7. See, https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319664491#aboutAuthors 
Light, R. L. (2017). Positive pedagogy for sport coaching: Athlete centred coaching for individual sports. London & New York: Routledge. See,https://www.routledge.com/Positive-Pedagogy-for-Sport-Coaching-Athlete-centred-coaching-for-individual/Light/p/book/9781138215597
Light, R. L., Evans, J. R., Harvey, S., & Hassanin, R. (2015). Advances in rugby coaching: An holistic approach. London & New York: Routledge.
Light, R. L. (2013). Game Sense: Pedagogy for performance, participation, and enjoyment. London & New York: Routledge.


Light, R. (2009). Youth sport and health in Australia, special issue of ACHPER Healthy Lifestyles 56(1).

Light, R. (2008) Sport in the lives of young Australians, Sydney: University of Sydney Press
Light, R. (2008). Boys, schooling, and sport. Special issue of Sport, Education & Society 13(2).
Light, R., Hirai, H., & Ebishima, H. (2008). Professionalism and tensions in Japanese rugby. In, G. Ryan (Ed.) The changing face of rugby: The union game and professionalism since 1995. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.
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 Sport Science, 5(1), 31-37.
Light, R. & Wallian, N. (2008). A constructivist approach to teaching swimming. Quest, 60(3), 387-404.
Light, R. (2008) ‘Complex’ learning theory in physical education: An examination of its epistemology and assumptions about how we learn. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 27(1), 21-37.
Light, R. (2008). Learning masculinities in a Japanese high school rugby club. R. Light (Ed.) special issue, Boys, the body, school and sport, Sport, Education and Society, 13(2), 163-180.
Light, R. (2008). Introduction: Boys the body, school, and sport. R. Light (Ed.) special issue, Boys, the body, school and sport, Sport, Education and Society, 13(2).
Light, R., & Georgakis, S. (2008) Responses of Study Abroad Students in Australia to Experience-based Pedagogy in Sport Studies. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 1(2).

Light, R., & Georgakis, S. (2007). Sport pedagogy, masculinity and the possibilities for expression and creativity in school rugby. Special issue on Masculinity, creativity and embodied learning “on the fringes” for the Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 1(2), 24-45.
Light, R. & Dixon, M. A. (2007). Contemporary developments in sport pedagogy and their implications for sport management education. Special issue on Sport Management Education for Sport Management Review, 10(2), 89-17.
Light, R. (2007). Globalisation and Youth Football in Japan. Asian Journal of Sport and Jkurnal of Exercise Science, 4(1).
Light, R., Hirai, H., & Jackson, S. (Eds) (in press). Introduction. R. Light, H. Hirai, & S. Jackson (Eds) special issue, Reading Asia and Oceania through Sport, International Sports Studies.  
Light, R. (2007). Re-examining hegemonic masculinity: The body, compliance and resistance. Quest 59, 323-339.
Light, R. & Georgakis, S. (2007). Preparing primary school pre-service teachers to teach physical education through a focus on pedagogy, ACHPER Healthy Lifestyles Journal, 54(1), 24-28.

Light, R. & Georgakis, S. (2006). “Lest we forget”: Sport in Australian cultural memory. In, M. Karalis, V. (2005). The culture of memory (pp. 96-121). Sydney: Brandl and Schlesinger.
Chen, Q. & Light, R. (2006). I thought I’d hate cricket, but I love it!’: Year six students’ responses to Game Sense pedagogy. R. Light & C. Pope (Eds) special issue, Youth Sport in Australia and New Zealand, Change: Transformations in Education, 9(1), 49-58.
Light, R. (2006). Participation, community and learning in the nippers. R. Light & C. Pope (Eds) special issue, Youth Sport in Australia and New Zealand, Change: Transformations in Education, 9(1), 7-16.
Light, R. (2006). Game Sense: Innovation or just good coaching? R. Light & C. Pope (Eds.) The games approach to coaching, special issue of Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, 39(1), 8-19.
Light, R. (2006). Introduction: The games approach to learning. R. Light (Ed.) The games approach to coaching, special issue of Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, 39(1), 5-7. 
Light, R. (2006). Situated learning in an Australian surf club. Sport, Education and Society, 11(2), 155-172.
Light, R. & Nash, M. (2006). Learning and identity in overlapping communities of practice: Surf club, school and sports clubs. Australian Educational Researcher, 33(1), 145-162.
Light, R. & Pope, C. (2006). Editorial. R. Light (Ed) special issue, Youth Sport in Australia and New Zealand, Change: Transformations in Education, 9(1), 3-6.
Light, R. & Tan, S. (2006). Culture, embodied understandings and primary school teachers’ development of TGfU in Singapore and Australia. European Physical Education Review, 12(1), 100-117.
Light, R. & Pope, C. (2006). Youth Sport in Australia and New Zealand. Change: Transformations in Education, 9(1).
Light, R. (2006). The games approach to coaching. Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, 39(1).

The development of rugby coaching in Japan since professionalization, Richard L Light, Wataru Yasaki (Tokyo University of Science), Tetsuya Tsubakihara (Tokyo City University), 2019-2020.

Pasifika engagement in science and technology through sport, Richard Light and Carl Petersen. Funded by New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, 2016-2017. 

Identifying pedagogical factors enabling success in elite level team sport for Indigenous Australians: Lessons for Closing the Gap. In collaboration with Professor John Evans (University of Technology, Sydney). Funded by Australian Research Council. 2014–2017.

Keeping girls in sport: A study on what keeps girls aged 13-16 in competitive basketball in Australia and Japan. Richard Light and Wataru Yasaki (Tokyo University of Science, Japan), 2014–2016. 

Decision-making in elite level team sports: A socio-cultural perspective, with  Alain Mouchet (Université Paris Est Créteil, France) and Steve Harvey (University of Bedford, UK), 2010–2011.