Tracy Molloy

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Senior Lecturer



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Academic appointments:

  • Senior Lecturer, Sport Leadership and Governance, Auckland University of Technology (2009 - ongoing)


  • LLB, University of Auckland
  • Grad Dip Tert Tchg, Auckland University of Technology


Tracy's areas of teaching and research include sport law, ethics and integrity, in particular, at the governance/leadership level. Tracy came to AUT with extensive experience as a legal practitioner, a national and international sport board director and a long-term member of the Australian & New Zealand Sports Law Association. She continues to contribute to industry, serving on regional and national sport advisory and nomination committees. Her current PhD project takes a case study approach to examine the use of nomination committees to improve director selection processes and outcomes, and hence, sport board composition and performance.

Research interests:

Sport Governance - National Sport Organisations (including current three phase research project on the use of nomination committees to improve the director selection processes and outcomes of NZ NSOs).

Sport Integrity - National/International Sport Organisations (focussing on the role of governance and leadership in promoting integrity and ethics in sport) - in conjunction with AUT Adjunct Professor, David Howman, former WADA Director General, and 2019 Chair, International Athletics Integrity Unit, Independent Oversight Group of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit and the World Squash Ethics Commission.

Teaching summary:

Paper Leader - Law & Ethics for Sport & Recreation (core paper for AUT, Bachelor of Sport & Recreation).

Project Supervisor - Work integrated learning undergraduate student sport management projects.

Guest Lecturer - Contemporary Issues for Sport & Recreation, Advanced Sport Management, Sports Law.

Professional activities:

Other professional recognition

  • Surfing NZ - Auckland Region Sub-Committee (Strategic Planning Facilitator), Surfing New Zealand Inc (2019 - 2020)
  • SLSNR - Independent Nomination Committee Member, Surf Life-Saving Northern Region Inc (2019)
  • Freediving NZ - Independent Nomination Committee Member, Freediving New Zealand Inc (2019)

Research outputs:

Conference contributions

  • Ingley, C., Ferkins, L., Molloy, T., & Cameron, M. (2017). Revealing the centrality of value creation: Mixed ownership in sports governance. In XXXVIII Convegno Nazionale AIDEA. Rome. Retrieved from

  • Molloy, Tracy., Dickson, G., & Ferkins, Lesley. (2016). The Governance Wheel: A new conceptualisation of nonprofit sport governance terminology and theories. In Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference (pp. 11). Auckland.

  • Molloy, T., Dickson, G., & Ferkins, L. (2016). The Governance Wheel: A new conceptualisation of nonprofit sport governance terminology and theories.. In SMAANZ Conference 2016. Auckland. Retrieved from

  • Shilbury, D., Cameron, M., Ferkins, L., Meiklejohn, T., Corbett, B., Bryham, G., . . . Karg, A. (2016). Examining ownership structures in Australian and New Zealand professional sport clubs. In SMAANZ book of abstracts (pp. 9). Auckland.

  • Molloy, T., Dickson, G. J., & Phelps, S. (2014). Director selection methods: The emergence of board nomination committees in the governance of New Zealand national sport organisations. In Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference. Melbourne.

Other outputs