Craig Hillgrove, also known as Joseph Shield ('s research draws on the trans/interdisciplinary disciplines of (Active) Embodiment, Physical Cultural Studies, Body Studies, Psycho-Analysis, and the use of post-structural tools and insights to explore the interplay between identity, health and body techniques/practices. His current research project ‘Tensions of the Self’ investigates the tensions between the bio-psychic self and the socially constructed self, and the body techniques used to overcome this tension.


  • BPhEd (Sports Medicine, Psychology)
  • MPhEd (Sociology), Otago University
  • PGDip.Tchg, Auckland University


  • Social Science Researcher (Queensland University, Present)
  • Social Science Researcher (Otago University, 2013-2015)
  • Kinisiologist (Sydney, 2011- 2013)
  • HOD Health Science (London, Wollongong, 2005- 2010)

Research Interests

Sports Psychology, Sports Sociology, Health Sociology, Body Image, Identity, Human Performance, Recreational Drug Use, Body Practices, Social Theory, Masculinity, Sexuality, Qualitative Research, Discourse Analysis.