Phillip (Phil) Borell (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is a career academic as well as being a father, husband, rugby league trainer, gym co-owner and aspiring DIY aficionado.
Phil has been a lecturer at the University of Canterbury since 2008 and has designed and delivered courses in Māori and Indigenous Studies and the Bachelor of Sport Coaching. His primary research focus is dedicated to the aspirations of Māori and Pasifika youth in their quest for professional sporting careers with a focus in rugby league.
With a passion for rugby league Phil has crafted his academic scholarship around the sociology of sport and Māori and Pasifika masculinity. Through his teaching and writing Phil aims to disrupt longstanding and misinformed narratives around what it means to be a Polynesian man.