Bieke Gils

Associate Professor

Fakultet for humaniora, idretts- og utdanningsvitenskap
Institutt for friluftsliv, idrett og kroppsøving
Campus Bø (1-221)
I am a sport sociologist/historian with a specific interest in the field of gender and the moving (fe)male body. My research to date has been largely historical in nature and has focused on female pioneers in a variety of fields, physical culture and aspects of gender and sexuality around the turn of the twentieth century. Currently I am working on several projects about female leadership in Norway, in different sporting contexts.


I am responsible for IDR 101: Samfunn, kropp og bevegelse (1st year Bachelor course in idrettsvitenskap/sport sciences)

I mentor bachelor as well as master students in their research projects and teach in the following courses:

IDR 101: Samfunn, kropp, bevegelse

IDR 1013: Sosiologi 2

IDR 1111: Sosiologi 3

IDR 1031: Arrangements- og prosjektledelse

IDR 1040: Planlegging, helse og tilrettelegging

IDR 1071: Instruktørrollen i helserelatert trening

IDR 1307: Master i kroppsøving, idrett og friluftsliv

IDR 1317: Bevegelse, politikk, medier

IDR 1313: Verdier, læring, ledelse

2560: Gender and culture in an international perspective

I am a member of two USN based research groups: 

Sports and politics:

Body, movement, meaning:


2015-2016: Postdoctoral researcher, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, Canada with Dr. Patricia Vertinsky.

2009-2014: Ph.D., School of Kinesiology (Faculty of Education), University of British Columbia, Canada. Supervisor: Dr. Patricia Vertinsky

2007-2009: Master in Sport Management/Kinesiology, University of Windsor, Ontario with Dr. Scott Martin and Dr. Kathleen McCrone

2002-2006: Bachelor in Sport Management/Kinesiology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium with Dr. Roland Renson and Dr. Pascal Delheye


Bieke Gils, Liv Hemmestad, Trine Thoresen & Pål Augestad (2021).Til topps på bekostning av kjønnsbalanse? Rekrutteringsmekanismer og underrepresentasjon av kvinnelige veiledere i et toppidrettstreningsprogram, in Idrett, kjønn og ledelse: Festskrift til Jorid Hovden, ed. A.Tjønndal. Fagbokforlaget. 

Pål Augestad, Liv Hemmestad, Bieke Gils & Trine Thoresen (2021). Omsorg som barriere, som kompetanse og som prestasjonsressurs, in Idrett, kjønn og ledelse: Festskrift til Jorid Hovden, ed. A. Tjønndal. Fagbokforlaget. 

Sarah Koch, Liv Yoon & Bieke Gils (2020). From the Exposome to the Socioexposome in COVID-19 Research—A Call for More Multidisciplinary Research. JAMA Netw Open 3(12):e2032287. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.32287

Jan Ove Tangen and Bieke Gils (2019). The Johaug doping case: Public reactions and sociological explanations,  in The Nordic model and physical culture, eds Tin, Tangen, Telseth & Guilianotti, Routledge. 

Gils, Bieke (2017). Bessie Coleman: “The Only Race Aviatrix in the World.” Chapter 5 In Before Jackie Robinson. The transcendent role of Black sporting pioneers, ed. Gerald Gems, University of Nebraska Press.

Vertinsky, Patricia and Bieke Gils (2017).  ‘Watch Britain’: Movement  Education, Transnational Exchanges and the Contested Terrain of Physical Education in Mid- Twentieth Century Canada, Journal of Sport History, 44, No. 3, pp. 456-475.

Gils, Bieke (2017). Playing for Change: The Continuing Struggle for Sport and Recreation ed. by Russell Field. Journal of Sport History44(3), 500-501.

Vertinsky, Patricia and Bieke Gils (2016). ‘Physical Education’s First Lady of the World’: Dorothy Sears Ainsworth and The International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Women and Girls,’ The International Journal of the History of Sport, 33(13) : 1500-1516.

Vertinsky, Patricia and Bieke Gils (2015). Those Good Gertrudes’ ! A lady well qualified to show the way:  Advancing Opportunities for Women and Girls in Physical Education and Sport through IAPESGW, in Global Scholar, Global Spirit, eds. Annette Hofmann, Gerald Gems and Susanna Hedenborg, 133-45. Total Health Publications, Oslo, Norway.

Gils, Bieke (2015). Le Numéro Barbette: Destabilizing Gender on the High Wire and the Flying Trapeze. Sport in History, published online July 28, DOI: 10.1080/17460263.2015.1062411

Gils, Bieke (2014). Flying, Flirting and Flexing: Charmion’s Trapeze Act, Sexuality and Physical Culture at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Journal of Sport History 41 (2): 251-68.

Gils, Bieke (2012). Didrikson, Mildred Ella, in Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice, ed. John Nauright and Charles Parrish, Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, LLC.

Gils, Bieke (2011). “The Only Race Aviatrix in the World”: A Tribute to Bessie Coleman (1892-1926). Stadion: International Journal of the History of Sport 37 (1): 55-81.

Ameye, Thomas, Bieke Gils and Pascal Delheye (2011). Daredevils and Early Birds: Belgian Pioneers in Automobile Racing and Aerial sports during the Belle Époque. International Journal of the History of Sport 28 (2): 205-39.

Van Hecke, Etienne, Filip De Maesschalck, Bieke Gils & Vera Verbestel (2008). Needs for sport infrastructure in Flanders: an analysis of the availability of space (Behoeften aan Sportinfrastructuur in Vlaanderen: een Ruimtelijke Analyse), K.U Leuven Report: Instituut voor Sociale en Economische Geografie.

Gils, Bieke (2006). Breaking new ground, down to earth and in the air: Belgian pioneers in rally racing and aerial sport during the Belle Epoque, Sportimonium 26: 74-81.