Dr Arianne Reis


Director of Academic Program, Master of Public Health


Dr Arianne Reis started her career as a physical education teacher and sports coach working in low-income communities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her work focused on providing opportunities for active leisure for children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds and for those with physical and mental disabilities with the aim of engaging them in positive experiences and in healthy behaviours. After 10 years working as a practitioner, both as a teacher and also as project manager at state departments of sport, Arianne moved to New Zealand to pursue a PhD focusing on outdoor recreation, using leisure studies as a foundation for the study. After her PhD completion, Arianne moved to Australia to join Southern Cross University as a Research Fellow, and since then has made Australia her new home. Her current research focuses on the ways active leisure pursuits, such as engagement with sports and physical activity, as well as outdoor recreation, can promote healthy living, environmental awareness and social justice. Dr Reis is also engaged in research focusing on healthy universities and student learning experiences, particularly focused on student mental wellbeing.

Research Interests

  • Leisure and Physical Activity Participation
  • Social Justice
  • Disadvantaged Groups (e.g. low-income, CALD, refugees)
  • Mental Health
  • Student Learning

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD University of Otago

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 4620 3136
LocationBuilding 24, Campbelltown