Katie Dee

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Research Officer

Phone: + 64 9 921 9999

Email: Katie.dee@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AH212 North Campus
90 Akoranga Drive


MBus(Sport and Recreation Management) (First Class Honours)
BSR (Management, Physical Activity & Nutrition)


Katie Dee is a Researcher with the Rugby Codes Research Group working on numerous rugby research projects and assisting with teaching (Leadership in Sport and the Outdoors, Leadership in Sport and Recreation) and supervision of undergraduate students in the School of Sport and Recreation. Prior to joining the university Katie held various positions within the sport industry in New Zealand and Australia. Her experience spans across both the commercial and not for profit sectors including working with high performance athletes, developing and implementing physical activity initiatives, managing sponsorship negotiations and relationship management.

Teaching Areas:

Sport leadership

Research Areas:

Sport leadership, student engagement

Research Summary:

Katie’s research focus is in sport leadership. She is also interested in curriculum development, student engagement and is passionate about pursuing research that is relevant to developing and enhancing the sport sector. 

Current Research Projects:

  • Advancing Leadership in Sport Management: Revealing the Significance of Emotional Intelligence
  • Non-playing Participation in Rugby Union: A Study of Pacific Island involvement.
  • Pacific Island Perspectives of Leadership.
  • An Exploration of Sport and Recreation Students' Perceptions of a Compulsory Academic Literacy Paper.


Vulinovich, K. (2016). Stakeholders Perspectives of Leadership in Organisations within the New Zealand Sport Sector. Published on AUT research gateway. Dissertation for Master of Business.