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Dr Lee McGowan

PhD Qld. UT, M Research Qld. UT

  • Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing
  • School of Business and Creative Industries
+61 7 5456 5749
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Lee McGowan

Dr Lee McGowan is a researcher, writer and teacher. His primary research interests are in the intersections of sport, culture and community engagement. He’s currently working on two books, Women’s Soccer in Oceania (Routledge 2023) and Beach Soccer Histories (Routledge 2023), with support from ACPIR. He’s also co-editing an anthology on Intersections of Creative Writing and Sport (Springer 2023) with Kasey Symons (Swinburne University). In 2019, he published two books, Football in Fiction: a history (Routledge) and Never Say Die: The Hundred Year Overnight Success of Australian Women’s Football (New South).

As a practitioner researcher, Lee has a keen interest in community stories, in their telling and their presentation. He regularly attracts grant funding and produces traditional and non-traditional research outputs with his publications including journal articles, book chapters, a digital history, an exhibition, fiction, creative non-fiction and locative literature.

Lee is a Senior Fellow (HEA) and teaches Creative Writing and Publishing within UniSC’s School of Business and Creative Industries. He has designed, delivered and coordinated programs and courses in higher degree research, postgraduate coursework and undergraduate programs. He has accumulated 18 HDR completions to date (including two at UniSC).

Lee is a core member of ACPIR, currently working on community capacity building and interdisciplinary creative practice research projects with the Creative Team and their partners in the UniSC Maker Space.

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research
  • Football Collective
  • Australian Society of Authors
  • Sports Literature Association


  • Queensland Community Male Champion for Women’ Football, 2019
  • BCC Lord Mayor's Helen Taylor Community History Award, 2017
  • Senior Fellow of the High Education Academy, 2015
  • QUT Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence, 2014
  • QUT Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Thesis, 2012
  • QUT Dean’s Award for Deans Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching, 2012
  • Varuna Fellowship, 2011
  • QUT Postgraduate Writing Prize, 2009

Professional Social Media

Research grants and commissions

Grant / project name 


​Funding body and A$ Value  



Women’s football (soccer) in Oceania

Lee McGowan, Kasey Symons,  Yoko Kanemasu, Liz Ellison and Emma Evans.

ACPIR: $4,800


History of women’s soccer in the Pacific Islands and current challenges for the sport.

2021 Arts Queensland Arts Showcase program

Lee McGowan, Leah Barclay, Andy Ward, Tricia King, Briony Luttrell and Megan Williams

Arts Queensland: $49,200


In residence (UniSC): Interdisciplinary practice and creative exchange in Regional Queensland

2018 QUT Engagement Innovation Award in partnership with Football Queensland Lee McGowan, Tracy Grierson, Greya Wright-Brough and Alex Philp. QUT and FQ: $50,000 2018 Oral and digital social history of Women’s football in Queensland

2017 Lord Mayor's Helen Taylor Community History Award

Lee McGowan

Brisbane City Council: $21,580


History of Women’s Football in Brisbane, through a digital narrative

Senses of Community

Sandra Gattenhof with Donna Hancox, Lee McGowan, Nathan Sibthorpe and Sorin Oancea.

QUT Creative Industries Faculty: $15,000


CIF Creative Lab Studio 110 seed funded project on place-making and digital narratives through embodied practice

2016 Arts Queensland Individual Award

Lee McGowan

Arts Queensland: $5,371


Developing generative or living histories to capture women’s sports heritage

Peer-Learning and professional outcomes project

Elizabeth Ellison, Lee McGowan, Ruth Bridgstock and Bree Hadley.

QUT CIF Learning and Teaching Grant: $5,750


The facilitation of peer learning and professional outcomes through informal communities of practice in creative arts programs

Developing Reusable Learning Objects

Christy Collis, Lee McGowan, Lindy Osborn and Sean Mee.

QUT CIF Learning and Teaching Grant: $8,500


Defining factors for the successful integration of digital online content in tertiary teaching environment

Research areas

  • football (Soccer) and sport related research
  • creative writing – fiction and non-fiction
  • digital and generative narratives

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students include:

· Football and sports related research

· Creative writing - fiction and non-fiction

· Digital and generative narratives


Teaching areas

  • Creative Writing
  • Football Writing
  • Digital and Generative Narratives
  • Community Engagement
  • Genre Studies

Lee McGowan's specialist areas of knowledge include football (soccer), the women’s game, football in fiction and most recently football communities. He’s also interested in generative narratives, digital histories and community engagement.

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