Community Sport and Recreation Team Lead, Sport Waitakere
Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Master of Philosophy
Master of Business in Sport Management
Postgraduate study allows you to think more critically but also understand the workings of the industry, says Javeed Ali who is currently completing a PhD in sport and recreation.
“I would definitely recommend postgraduate study in sport and recreation. After completing my undergraduate degree in sport, I felt that I had gone through the programme without really pushing myself. So my next step was to find my next challenge within the industry I enjoy, and it was a Master of Business in Sport Management.
“I’ve loved the close-knit postgraduate student community at AUT, especially among sport leadership and management students. Once I complete my PhD, I would love to work in research or insights within the sport sector, in a role where I can positively influence new initiatives to get communities more active and better supported.”
Taking on doctoral study
After completing two master’s degrees at AUT, enrolling in the PhD felt like the natural progression, Javeed says.
“My experience at AUT fostered my enjoyment of research and my understanding of what those before me had done. Doing a PhD has meant that I can further entrench myself in research but also build my skills as a researcher for future roles.”
For his doctoral research, Javeed is focusing on the experiences of rugby referees in New Zealand; a topic close to his own heart.
“I’ve been a rugby referee for a number of years now, and felt that officials are often undervalued in comparison to coaches and athletes. Thus, researching officials means that we can help them improve and support them to provide a better service to the sporting community. My research will provide practical solutions for referees’ associations to better support their referees, but also understand what it is they want from their associations.”
Javeed’s research is supervised by Dr Michael Naylor and Professor Lesley Ferkins.
World-class support and facilities
Javeed says he has appreciated the support of the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) throughout his studies.
“SPRINZ have supported me by guiding me through the processes of postgraduate research. The postgraduate coordinators have been an amazing help and I was impressed by my supervisor, Professor Lesley Ferkins who is the director of SPRINZ, and her dedication towards my work .”
He has also enjoyed being able to access the facilities at AUT Millennium, New Zealand’s world-class sports training facility.
“The facilities to work at AUT Millennium are amazing, and also offer a quiet space to focus on your work.”