Dr Claudio Rocha

Senior Lecturer

Sport University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Claudio Rocha

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About me

About me

I am serving in three admin appoints at the moment. I am the director of the MSc Sport Management - https://www.stir.ac.uk/courses/pg-taught/sport-management/
I am also the head of FHSS Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee - https://www.stir.ac.uk/about/faculties/health-sciences-sport/about-us/athena-swan/ I am the FHSS Associate Dean for Internationalisation.

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 top journals in the field of sport management, such as Journal of Sport Management, European Sport Management Quarterly, and Sport Management Review, among other journals.  I have presented in top sport management conferences, such as the European Association for Sport Management (EASM) conferences and the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) conferences.

I have been successful in grant applications from funders that include UKRI/ESRC, Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), and FAPESP Foundation.

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) SPSP064 - Sport Events SPSP053 - Research Project (supervisor)

BA in Sport Studies - Modules: SPSU9SB - Managing the Business of Sport (module coordinator) SPSPSSB - Managing the Business of Sport in Singapore (module coordinator)

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