Doctor Bonnie Pang

Doctor Bonnie Pang

Adjunct Fellow,
Institute for Culture and Society

Senior Lecturer - PDHPE,


Dr. Bonnie Pang is an internationally recognised scholar in the Chinese diaspora in Health Education and have earned $485,000 of competitive research funding and academic scholarships nationally and internationally (Europe, Australia, Hong Kong). In 2017, she was the first ever recipient in Health and Physical Education for the prestigious European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship ($292,300)- this placed her in the top 14% of social scientists in the world. This demonstrates her expertise and potential to become an international leader in this research area. Her research publications are framed by rigorous social theory, with many being the first in the world to apply a sociological lens and ethnographic methodological approach to examine the topic. Dr. Pang's capacity to draw on both Western and Chinese theoretical concepts and publish knowledge in both English and Chinese languages embodies the internationalization of research and higher education. She is determined to guide the field in how to understand, represent, position, and research with Chinese youth in health, sport, and physical activity in westernised, English speaking societies.

An accomplished educator, Dr. Pang was admitted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a recognition for experienced and excellent teaching. Currently, as a Western Sydney University lecturer, she specialises teaching in youth health and wellbeing and critical sociocultural studies in movement. In addition to undergraduate teaching duties, she dedicates a significant time to mentor HDR students, research assistants, and teaching assistants. Her expertise and commitment to disseminating knowledge to communities and academic peers have won herself numerous invitations to give public presentations at international universities (the UK and Hong Kong) and across community (ACON), state (StudyNSW), and national (Australian Institute of Sport) organisations in Australia.

Dr. Pang currently serves as a member of the Low and Negligible Human Research Ethics Committee, the ECR/MCR network advisory group, the WSU Ally, and was appointed as an ACA in HPE (July-Sept 2018). She has also served as a chairperson in international conference and symposium sessions (AARE, BERA), a guest reviewer for 19 Social Science journals and prestigious publishers (Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan), and has given career advice to local GWS students in schools and on university Open Days.

Dr. Pang's credentials, earned in various academic disciplines on three different continents (Asia, Europe, Australia), have enabled her to strive for creativity and different perspectives in her research, teaching, and governance work. She received her PhD in Health and Physical Education from the University of Queensland, a Master of Philosophy and Bachelor of Education (Hons) in Sports Science and Physical Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Master of Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney, and a PGDip in Global Health from the University of Edinburgh.

Prior to her current roles as a researcher, educator, and diversity advocate, Dr. Pang has gained extensive experience and recognition for her skills and passion as a former sport coach and athlete. Her extensive educational background outside academia includes work as an IAAF, ATFCA, and HKAAA accredited track-and-field coach, being a Hong Kong Junior Elite Squad track and field athlete and CUHK Sport Scholarship recipient, and serving as a Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Constable, English tutor, and skipping instructor. Her early-academic-career experience includes teaching/research positions at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Queensland. 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Pang.


  • PhD University of Queensland
  • MPhil Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • BEd (Hons) Chinese University of Hong Kong


  • AIESEP Young Scholar Award 2011-06-22
  • AIESEP Best Poster Award 2006-07-05
  • 2014 UWS VC Professional Development Scholarship 2014-04-04
  • 2015 WSU Early Career Researcher Award Grant 2015-02-01
  • 2016 WSU Academic Development Program 2016-05-02


  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Sociocultural Theories
  • Youth Health and Physical Activity

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Institute for Culture and Society


Location: K.G.06
Penrith (Kingswood)Penrith (Kingswood)

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 400798 PDHPE: Games for Diverse Groups, 2014
  • 400870 Population Health and Society, 2014
  • 400894 Contemporary Youth Health Issues, 2013
  • 400962 Foundations of Wellbeing, 2012
  • 401055 Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2015
  • 401239 Introduction to Physical Cultural Studies, 2017



  • Pang, B. and Rossi, T. (2022), 'Diversity, Difference and Social Justice in Physical Education: Challenges and Strategies in a Translocated World', : Routledge 9780367343477.
  • Mu, G. and Pang, B. (2019), 'Interpreting the Chinese Diaspora: Identity, Socialisation, and Resilience According to Pierre Bourdieu', : Routledge 9780815360216.

Chapters in Books

  • Pang, B. (2022), 'British Chinese youths' physical activity practices and the influence of home environments', Critical Pedagogies in Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health, Routledge 9780367435844.
  • Pang, B. and Balram , R. (2021), 'Sport and ethnicity', The Routledge Handbook of Sport in Asia, Routledge 9780367183776.
  • Pang, B. (2019), 'Forging a new research imagination regarding Chinese girls' physical activity', Women, Sport and Exercise in the Asia-Pacific Region: Domination, Resistance, Accommodation, Routledge 9781138895720.
  • Pang, B. (2018), 'Ethnographic method', Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences, Springer 9789811027796.
  • Macdonald, D., Pang, B., Knez, K., Nelson, A. and McCuaig, L. (2011), 'The will for inclusion: bothering the inclusion/exclusion discourses of sport.', Inclusion and Exclusion Through Youth Sport, Routledge 9780415578035.
  • Ha, A. and Pang, B. (2010), 'Physical activity and Confucianism: the relations between Hong Kong children and their parents.', Young people, physical activity and the everyday, Routledge-Taylor and Francis Group 9780415493130.
  • Wright, J., Macdonald, D., Burrows, L., Atencio, M., Knez, K., Laverty, J., Lee, J., Nelson, A., O'Flynn, G. and Pang, B. (2010), 'Reflections on methodological issues: lessons learned from the Life Activity Project', Young people, physical activity and the everyday, Routledge 9780415493130.

Journal Articles

  • Kassem, L., MacMahon, C., Quinn, J., Dogramaci , S., Pang, B. and Steel, K. (2022), 'Examining the eye movement behaviors associated with skilled decision-making by elite Australian Rules Football players', Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, vol 4 .
  • Mu, G. and Pang, B. (2022), 'Repurposing field analysis for a relational and reflexive sociology of Chinese diasporas', Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol 54, no 12 , pp 2121 - 2132.
  • Pang, B. (2021), 'Problematising the (in)visibility of racialized and gendered British Chineseness in youth health and physical cultures', Sport, Education and Society, vol 26, no 3 , pp 228 - 238.
  • Pang, B. (2021), 'Beyond hypervisibility and fear : British Chinese communities' leisure and health-related experiences in the time of coronavirus', Leisure Sciences, vol 43, no 1-2 , pp 111 - 117.
  • Pang, B. (2021), 'The postmonolingual turn : rethinking embodiment with New Confucianism in bodily education and research', Sport, Education and Society, .
  • Pang, B., Perrone, L. and Wong, J. (2021), 'Health and employment experiences of Chinese international students in Australia', Chinese Education and Society, vol 54, no 3-4 , pp 107 - 119.
  • Pang, B. (2020), 'Engaging Bourdieu's habitus with Chinese understandings of embodiment : knowledge flows in health and physical education in higher education in Hong Kong', Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol 52, no 12 , pp 1256 - 1265.
  • Pang, B., Varea, V., Cavallin, S. and Cupac, A. (2019), 'Experiencing risk, surveillance, and prosumption : health and physical education students' perceptions of digitised health and physical activity data', Sport, Education and Society, vol 24, no 8 , pp 801 - 813.
  • Varea, V. and Pang, B. (2018), 'Using visual methodologies to understand pre-service health and physical education teachers' subjectivities of bodies', Sport, Education and Society, vol 23, no 5 , pp 394 - 406.
  • Pang, B. (2018), 'Conducting research with young Chinese-Australian students in health and physical education and physical activity : epistemology, positionality and methodologies', Sport, Education and Society, vol 23, no 6 , pp 607 - 618.
  • Pang, B. and Hill, J. (2018), 'Rethinking the 'aspirations' of Chinese girls within and beyond Health and Physical Education and physical activity in Greater Western Sydney', Sport, Education and Society, vol 23, no 5 , pp 421 - 434.
  • MacMillan, F., George, E., Feng, X., Merom, D., Bennie, A., Cook, A., Sanders, T., Dwyer, G., Pang, B., Guagliano, J., Kolt, G. and Astell-Burt, T. (2018), 'Do natural experiments of changes in neighborhood built environment impact physical activity and diet? : a systematic review', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 15, no 2 .
  • Pang, B. and Hill, J. (2018), 'Representations of Chinese gendered and racialised bodies in contemporary media sites', Sport, Education and Society, vol 23, no 8 , pp 773 - 785.
  • Pang, B., Garrett, R., Wrench, A. and Perrett, J. (2018), 'Forging strengths-based education with non-traditional students in higher education', Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education, vol 9, no 2 , pp 174 - 188.
  • Pang, B. and Macdonald, D. (2016), 'Understanding young Chinese Australian's (dis)engagement in Health and Physical Education and school sport', Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, vol 21, no 4 , pp 441 - 458.
  • Pang, B., Alfrey, L. and Varea, V. (2016), 'Young Chinese Australians' subjectivities of "health" and "(un)healthy bodies"', Sport, Education and Society, vol 21, no 7 , pp 1091 - 1108.
  • Pang, B. and Soong, H. (2016), 'Teachers' experiences in teaching Chinese Australian students in health and physical education', Teaching and Teacher Education, vol 56 , pp 84 - 93.
  • Pang, B., Macdonald, D. and Hay, P. (2015), ''Do I have a choice?' The influences of family values and investments on Chinese migrant young people's lifestyles and physical activity participation in Australia', Sport, Education and Society, .
  • Pang, B. and Macdonald, D. (2015), 'Recognising young Chinese Australian's perceived resources within and beyond schooling', Pedagogy, Culture & Society, .
  • Pang, B. (2014), 'Promoting physical activity in Hong Kong Chinese young people : factors influencing their subjective task values and expectancy beliefs in physical activity', European Physical Education Review, vol 20, no 3 , pp 385 - 397.
  • Pang, B. and Ha, A. (2010), 'Subjective task value in physical activity participation : from Hong Kong school children's perspective', European Physical Education Review, vol 16, no 3 , pp 223 - 235.
  • Ha, A., Macdonald, D. and Pang, B. (2010), 'Physical activity in the lives of Hong Kong Chinese children : the interplay of Postcolonialism and Confucianism', Sport, Education and Society, vol 15, no 3 , pp 331 - 346.
  • Ha, A., Sum, K., Chan, W., O'Sullivan, M. and Pang, O. (2010), 'Effects of a professional development programme on teacher receptivity and curriculum change in Hong Kong physical education', Educational Research Journal (Hong Kong ERA), vol 25, no 1 , pp 47 - 80.
  • Ha, A., Sum, K., Chan, W., O'Sullivan, M. and Pang, O. (2010), 'Effects of a professional development programme on teacher receptivity and curriculum change in Hong Kong physical education', Educational Research Journal (Hong Kong ERA), vol 25, no 1 , pp 47 - 80.
  • Ha, A., Abbott, R., Macdonald, D. and Pang, B. (2009), 'Comparison of perceived support for physical activity and physical activity related practices of children and young adolescents in Hong Kong and Australia', European Physical Education Review, vol 15, no 2 , pp 155 - 174.
  • Pang, B. (2006), 'A critical approach on examining parental influence on children's physical activity participation', International Journal of Eastern Sports and Physical Education, vol 4, no 1 , pp 210 - 216.

Current Projects

Title: Civic Sinoburbia? New Chinese migrants and everyday citizenship in Sydney
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Ien Ang, Megan Watkins, Bonnie Pang and Gregory Noble
Years: 2020-01-01 - 2024-06-30
ID: P00026013

Previous Projects

Title: Rethinking the Health Experience and Active Lifestyles of Chinese Students
  • European Commission
Western Researchers: Bonnie Pang
Years: 2019-01-01 - 2020-12-31
ID: P00024786


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Understanding Indo-Fijian women and sport: redoing gender in Fiji and in the Diaspora
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Understanding Vietnamese young people's meanings of health, physical activity, and sport in Australia.
Field of Research:

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