Rafaelle Nicholson

Dr Rafaelle Nicholson

  • 01202 965 741
  • rnicholson at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher in Sport Leisure & Tourism
  • Dorset House D241 Dorset House, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Dr Rafaelle Nicholson is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Faculty of Management at Bournemouth University. Her research sits at the boundary between contemporary history and sociology, and focuses on gender and sport, specifically on how gendered and racialised discourses about the body have affected and continue to affect female participation in sport. Her PhD examined the history of women's cricket in Britain since 1945, providing the first comprehensive overview of the development of the sport in the modern period. Her current research is concerned with recording female experiences in a variety of sports, including cricket, hockey and netball, through the use of oral history and ethnography. She is particularly interested in the links between women's international sporting organisations and the British Empire. She is also a freelance journalist who writes for ESPNCricinfo, Wisden and Wisden Cricket Monthly. She edits the women's cricket website, www.CRICKETher.com.

Journal Articles


  • Nicholson, R., 2019. 'Who are we...to tell the South Africans how to run their country?' The Women's Cricket Association and the aftermath of the D'Oliveira Affair, 1968-9. In: Murray, B., Parry, R. and Winch, J., eds. Cricket and Society in South Africa, 1910-1971: From Union to Isolation. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nicholson, R., 2017. 'It just seemed like old white guys on a field': Imperialism, class, and the 'whiteness' of women's cricket. Race, Gender and Sport The Politics of Ethnic 'Other' Girls and Women. Routledge.
  • Nicholson, R., 2016. Hylton, Leslie. Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography: Ferg-Kali. Oxford University Press.

Conference Presentations

  • Contemporary British History Now, Sport and British Decolonisation, 13 Sep 2017, Kings College London
  • Social History Society annual conference, The Non-Absent-Minded Imperialists: Women's Sport and British Decolonisation, 04 Apr 2017, Institute of Education, London
  • Women's History Network annual conference, My first love has always been cricket’: Women's Sport and the Women's Movement in Postwar Britain, 04 Sep 2015, University of Kent
  • British Society of Sports History, ‘We’ve got to look like women’: Image and sexuality in English women's cricket, 1990-2015, 02 Sep 2015, Swansea University
  • Oral History and Sport, 'It doesn't mean I'm Women's Lib': An Oral History of Women's Cricket, 19 Sep 2014, British Library
  • Women's Histories: The Local and the Global, Creating the Commonwealth: Anglo-Australian women's cricket, 1945-1973, 29 Aug 2013, Sheffield Hallam University


  • PhD in History (Queen Mary University of London, 2015)
  • MSt in Women's Studies (University of Oxford, 2010)
  • BA (Hons) in Modern History and Politics (University of Oxford (Merton College), 2009)


  • Richard Cox Prize for best postgraduate paper (British Society of Sports History, 2013)


  • British Society of Sports History - Vice Chair

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