Associate Professor Arianne Reis


Associate Profession in Leisure and Recreation Studies, School of Health Sciences


Associate Professor Arianne Reis started her career as a physical education teacher and sports coach working in low-income and disadvantaged communities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After 10 years working as a practitioner, Arianne moved to New Zealand to pursue a PhD focusing on outdoor recreation, using leisure studies and environmental philosophy as foundations for the study. After her PhD completion, Arianne moved to Australia and since then has made Australia her new home. Her constant search for a better understanding of the world around us and of what enables healthy communities to develop has led to a research career that has inter and multidisciplinary knowledge and ‘real world’ impact as core components.

Associate Professor Reis has secured over $1 million in external research grants in the past 5 years and is currently leading the 3-year Commonwealth-funded project Young Well Beings, which aims to improve young mothers’ mental health literacy through the development of a digital learning resource co-designed with consumers and persons with lived experience. She is also involved in a number of program evaluation projects supporting community-based organisations to assess and improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals. She is particularly interested in projects that focus on vulnerable, underserved and/or marginalised members of our communities.

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