Dr Lee McGowan - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Lee McGowan

PhD Qld. UT, M Research Qld. UT

  • Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching), School of Creative Industries
  • Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing
+61 7 5456 5749
Office location
D1.31, Building D, USC Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast
Dr Lee McGowan

Dr Lee McGowan is a researcher, writer and teacher. His primary interest is critical football studies, or, as the game is increasingly less commonly known in Australia, soccer. As a creative writer, practitioner researcher, he has a keen interest in stories, in their telling, and when they move away from the traditional page. Recent traditional and non-traditional research outputs include journal articles, book chapters, a digital history, an exhibition and narrative display, fiction, non-fiction, locative literature and a work of experimental theatre with the Queensland Theatre Company.

He teaches Creative Writing and has led and coordinated programs in higher degree research, programs, he has accumulated 14 HDR completions to date and published two books including, Football in Fiction (Routledge 2020). The history of women’s football in Australia, Queensland and Brisbane has been a focus since 2017. In 2020, he’s investigating football fan activism fort the purpose of social good.

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Professional memberships

  • JMC Academy Academic Board
  • Football Collective
  • Australian Society of Authors
  • Sports Literature Association

Awards and Fellowships

  • 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

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • football and sports related research
  • creative writing - fiction and non-fiction
  • digital and generative narratives

Research grants and commissions

Grant / project name 


​Funding body and A$ Value  



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, 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, 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

Teaching areas

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

Lee's specialist areas of knowledge includes 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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