Luciana De Martin Silva
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Dr Luciana De Martin Silva is a Principal Lecturer at Hartpury University, UK, where she is currently Programme Manager for the MSc Sports Coaching programme, Cross-Faculty Teaching Development Scheme Lead, and Women’s Futsal Head Coach. Luciana has experience as an External Examiner at different Institutions as well as Reviewer for different journals and PhD supervisor. Luciana’s research interest includes Coach Education, Sports Pedagogy, Physical activity & health and Teaching & Learning. She has developed research with colleagues from different countries including Portugal, Brazil and the UK which resulted in a number of peer reviewed articles, book chapters and presentations at international conferences. In one of her most recent publications, Luciana explored the learning journey experienced by Deaf International Futsal players and staff members during the seven month build-up to an International competition. From an international perspective, Luciana won a Gold medal in the World University Games in Beijing in 2001 whilst playing for Brazil and has recently co-led the England Deaf Women’s Futsal team to 4th place in the Futsal European Championships in 2018. She has experience as a qualified PE teacher in Brazil and coached Futsal in a variety of settings from youth to international level. These include school settings in Brazil; The English FA regional Futsal Centres of Excellence (16-19 boys, Southwest and South regions); Bristol City Women’s FC and Gloucester City Men’s FC. Luciana was the only female Head coach in the Men’s National Futsal league in England. She is a UEFA B (level 3) Football and Futsal coach as well as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

  • Sports Coaching (the coach-athlete relationship; student learning and coach education)

  • Sports Pedagogy (pedagogical approaches to teaching and coaching – theory and practice)

  • Research Methods (main focus on qualitative methods)

  • Physical Education

  • Sports Performance

  • Sports Sociology (power, discourse, identity)

  • Teaching and Learning

Education/Academic qualification

Teaching in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Cardiff Metropolitan University


Award Date: 1 Jan 2013


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