The SHE Research Group is embedded in the Department of Sport and Health Sciences, in the Faculty of Science and Health in Athlone Institute of Technology. SHE members include staff in the Department of Sport and Health Sciences and across AIT who are involved in research aligned with the SHE Research Group. Friends of SHE Research Group from other Institutions will be welcomed and actively sought out to support research collaborations and partnerships. SHE mentors will also help to advise on proposed and existing research activity.​

SHE Mission

To bridge the gender data gap in sport, health and exercise science research


SHE Principles


Embed gender equality into teaching, and research activities at undergraduate and postgraduate level

Prioritize women and girls specific research that aligns with national priorities in a sustainable and developing research environment

Collaborate with stakeholders from research, policy and practice across Ireland and internationally

Disseminate evidence based research that will inform decision making on issues for females in policy and practice

Our Journey

Sinead O'Keefe, PhD Student

“Pursuing a PhD with the Department of Sport and Health Sciences has given me the opportunity to study in an exciting and challenging environment, while developing an extensive skill set through both theoretical and practical learning platforms. I have been supported by excellent supervisors who constantly encourage me and provide endless guidance, which has prepared me for a successful career in academia. As a member of the SHE research group, the opportunity to contribute to novel research in an environment surrounded by experts and like-minded researchers is unrivalled. ”


Dr Ciarán Ó Catháin, SHE Researcher

“The landscape of research within the various disciplines under the broad umbrella of Sport Science, presents a picture that grossly neglects the female athlete. This gender data gap is a major issue both nationally and internationally with research indicating that females account for only 39% of participants, across three of the largest Sport Science Journals. As a nation with a strong history of extraordinary female athletes and role models, it is appalling that we do not have the necessary data to support the development of these athletes, from the elite end of the spectrum all the way down to recreational levels, across all age profiles. We are failing our female athletes. Our SHE research group aims to address this gender data gap, and provide much needed research to support evidence based practice for our female athletes.”