Director, Deakin Sport Network

Foundation Chair of Sport

“For many years, Professor David Shilbury has been recognised among his peers across the globe as one of our top flight academics in sport management.  He is also the thought leader in the field of sport governance scholarship and education.”

- Professor Lesley Ferkins
Director, AUT Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ), AUT Millennium, Auckland University of Technology

Director of the Deakin Sport Network
Foundation Chair of Sport Management

Professor David Shilbury is the Director of the Deakin Sport Network, the Foundation Chair of Sport Management, a former Head of the School of Management and Marketing (2002-2007) and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University. Dr Shilbury was appointed as Australia’s first Professor of Sport Management in 2000 having commenced at Deakin in 1990. He has previously worked for the WA Golf Association, the City of Stirling and the Australian Cricket Board/WA Cricket Association. Academic qualifications include a Ph.D. from Monash University (1995) and a Master of Science in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst (1989). He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course (2013) and has won multiple awards for his work in advancing sport management through his scholarship, teaching and service.
Professor Shilbury is a former Editor of the Journal of Sport Management and Sport Management Review. He was a member of the Australian Football League Tribunal from 1992-2003, a board member of the Confederation of Australian Sport in 2005 and a Trustee to the Bowater Trust from 2002-2007. He was the Foundation President of the Sport Management Association of Australia & New Zealand (SMAANZ) from 1995 to 2001 and a Director of Peninsula Leisure from 2013-18. He is currently a non-executive director of Golf Victoria. His research expertise is in sport governance, strategy and sport delivery systems.
Professor Shilbury has in excess of 100 publications including 12 books, 1 edited conference proceeding, 16 book chapters, 74 refereed publications, 17 technical reports and 12 non-refereed publications.


Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors Course (GAICD)

Ph.D., Monash University 

Master of Science (Sport Management), University of Massachusetts/Amherst USA 

Bachelor of Applied Science (Recreation), (Edith Cowan University)

Academic Service And Leadership Highlights

2017 Director, Deakin Sport Network (.6)

2014-16 Associate Dean International, Faculty of Business & Law (.5)

2013-15 Appointed International Visiting Professor (Honorary) at Coventry University, UK

2002-07 Head, School of Management & Marketing, & Director Sport Management

2000 on Professor Sport Management & Chair, Sport Management Programs, Deakin University.

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