Dr Claudio Rocha

Lecturer in Sport Management

Sport University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Claudio Rocha

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About me

About me

I am a lecturer in sport management within within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport. I am currently the co-director of the S3RG - Sport Social Science Research Group.

Before my appointment here, I worked as an assistant professor of sport management at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. I received my doctor degree from the Ohio State University, with a major in sport management and a minor in research methods. During my doctorate, I was fully funded by the Fulbright Commission - USA and the Brazilian Ministry of Education. In the 2014/2015 academic year, I spent a year as a visiting scholar at Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts – Amherst.   My research has been published in Journal of Sport Management, European Sport Management Quarterly, and Sport Management Review, among other journals. 

My current research interests are in social impacts of sport mega-events (mainly the ones hosted by developing nations). Social impacts vary from people displacement to sport participation and capacity building.


Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand - Conference Best Paper Award


Event / Presentation

Key Note Speaker

I was the Keynote Speaker at the 12th Conference of the Brazilian Association of Sport Management (ABRAGESP).

Research (1)

Social impacts of sport mega-events, major events


Limiting virus transmission during a Sporting Mega Event: COVID 19 and UEFA EURO 2020
PI: Dr Richard Purves
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council

Outputs (40)


Book Chapter

Rocha C & Mazzei L (2021) Rio 2016: A New World. In: Harris S & Dowling M (eds.) Sport Participation and Olympic Legacies: A Comparative Study. Routledge Research in Sport Politics and Policy. London: Routledge, pp. 132-152. https://www.routledge.com/Sport-Participation-and-Olympic-Legacies-A-Comparative-Study/Harris-Dowling/p/book/9781138696655

Book Chapter

Taks M & Rocha CM (2017) Maakte Rio 2016 De Brazilianen Gelukkig? [Did Rio 2016 make Brazilians happy?]. In: Hover P & Breedveld K (eds.) The Story of Rio 2016: De maatschappelijke betekenis van de Olympische en Paralympische Spelen 2016. Utrecht: Arko Sports Media, pp. 119-125. https://www.kennisbanksportenbewegen.nl/?file=7974&m=1498033123&action=file.download

Book Chapter

Rocha CM (2016) Public sector and sport development in Brazil. In: Bravo G, D’Amico R & Parrish C (eds.) Sport in Latin America: Policy, Organization, Management. Routledge Research in Sport Business and Management. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 77-88. https://www.routledge.com/Sport-in-Latin-America-Policy-Organization-Management/Bravo-Lopez-de-DAmico-Parrish/p/book/9780415745895

Book Chapter

Hofman-Moura M & Rocha CM (2016) The wonders of the wonderful city: social impacts and legacies of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In: Bravo G, D’Amico R & Parrish C (eds.) Sport in Latin America: Policy, Organization, Management. Routledge Research in Sport Business and Management. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 196-212. https://www.routledge.com/Sport-in-Latin-America-Policy-Organization-Management/Bravo-Lopez-de-DAmico-Parrish/p/book/9780415745895


Rocha CM & Bastos F (2011) Gestão do esporte: definindo a área [Sport management: defining the area]. Revista Brasileira de Educação Física e Esporte, 25, pp. 91-103. https://www.revistas.usp.br/rbefe

Book Chapter

Woo B & Rocha CM (2011) Sources of support for employees in sport organizations. In: Robinson L, Chelladurai P, Bodet G & Downward P (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Sport Management. Routledge International Handbooks. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 178-192. https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Sport-Management/Robinson-Chelladurai-Bodet-Downward/p/book/9780415587884



MSc programme in Sport Management - Modules: SPSP038 - Principles of Management in Sport (module coordinator) SPSP053 - Research Project (supervisor)

BA in Sport Studies - Modules: SPSU9SB - Managing the Business of Sport (module coordinator) SPSPU9RP - Major Projects in Sport Studies (supervisor)

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