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26 June 2017

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Enhancing Female Participation in Cycling

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Duration: 4 months

Project Background

Since 2012, Cycling Victoria has worked hard to increase the opportunities and improve the experiences of female cyclists in recreational and racing contexts. In order to maintain and leverage this momentum and safeguard any progress made, it is essential that Cycling Victoria has knowledge of the complex structural, institutional and cultural barriers and facilitators that might affect the growth of female participation in the sport in the long-term.

The purpose of this research project is to analyse the structural and cultural factors affecting the future growth of women’s cycling by:

  • investigating the policies and programs designed to increase the membership and enhance the experiences of female cyclists in Victoria
  • exploring members’ and stakeholders’ experiences and perceptions of women’s cycling

Research to be conducted

The proposed project forms part of a larger qualitative study led by Dr Fiona McLachlan in ISEAL, Victoria University. The intern will work closely with Dr McLachlan and will be involved in two key aspects of the research.

  • Selected Literature, Policy and Program Review

The intern will undertake an analysis of cycling-specific documents including policies, academic literature, and grey literature including program evaluations and reports related to female participation in, and experiences of cycling. There may also be some observational work of programs ‘in action’.

  • Interviews and Focus Groups

The Intern will be involved in the data collection and analysis of interviews and/or focus groups. The project sets out to conduct approximately 15 interviews with key informants from within Cycling Victoria, Victorian cycling clubs and programs, and the wider Victorian cycling community. Following the interviews with key informants, it is anticipated that 5 x focus groups of about 6-8 people will be conducted in order to further understand the perceptions and experiences of female cycling.

Skills and attributes required

  • Qualitative research including experience in at least two of the following:
    • Document analysis
    • Interviewing
    • Focus groups
    • Observations
  • NVivo

Expected outcomes

Report/presentation to Cycling Victoria that describes and summarises findings from document analysis, observations, interviews and focus groups

Additional details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

Dr Fiona McLachlan from ISEAL will be the academic mentor on this project.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 50% of their time on-site with the industry partner. The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the AMSI Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an AMSI member institution.
  • PhD candidature must be confirmed.
  • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university.