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Carla Duarte Da Silva

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology


Dr Carla Filomena Silva is a Lecturer in Sports Education at Nottingham Trent University. She teaches at undergraduate level on the Sports Education subject strand of the Education Joint Honours degree programme, on modules such as Sports Coaching and Critical Reflections on Inclusion in Sport and Education. She has experience of supervising at Masters’ level.

Career overview

Dr Silva had several roles in sporting contexts in Portugal. She was a physical education teacher, fitness instructor, volleyball player and coach. She gained an MSc in Adapted Physical Activity, at Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium before coming to the UK to undertake PhD studies, at Loughborough University, in the social science of sport. There she was a teaching assistant on the module Making Sense of Modern Sport, a 2nd year of sociology of sport strand of the MSc in Sport and Exercise Science. Before starting at Nottingham Trent University, Dr Silva was the academic research leader for the UNESCO chair in Inclusive PE, Sport, Fitness and Recreation, in the Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland, where she also taught modules in the sociology of sport (undergraduate) and disability studies on the Master Course in Adapted Physical Activity Leadership. Dr Silva has for the past few years contributed in the area of Disability studies and Sport on the Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium.

Research areas

During her PhD studies, Dr Silva investigated the life impact of playing sitting volleyball on players with impairments in the School of Sport, Loughborough University, 2009-2013. Recently, she has developed a case study on Coaching Paralympic sport, exploring the experiences of the coach of the Brazilian Women’s Sitting Volleyball National team.

Opportunities to undertake research towards an MPhil/PhD in the School of Science and Technology exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

  • Invited lecturer on the course Integrated teaching in Physical Education in the School of Sport Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal, 2014 and 2015
  • Invited lecturer on the graduate course and masters on Adapted physical Activity, School of Sport, Oporto University, Portugal, 2014
  • Invited lecturer on the Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium
  • Member of the European and International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity.

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Silva's PhD research was funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.


Book reviews:

Ethics, disability and sport. Silva CF, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 2014, 31, (2), 181-183

Book chapters:

The Paralympic Games and the Agenda of Empowerment. Howe PD and Silva CF in (eds) Jackson D, Hodge C, Molesworth M and Scullion R, Reframing disability? Media, (dis)empowerment and Voice in the London Paralympics, 2015, London, Routledge, pp. 202-217

Make them count! Corporate Social Responsibility as an expression of the Olympic and Paralympic Values. Bretherton P, Silva CF and Kerr S in (eds) Chatziefstathiou D and Mueller N, Olympism, Olympic Education and Learning Legacies, 2014, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholars Pr. Ltd., pp. 280-289

Journal articles:

Volleyball with a 'Butt': I am jumping inside. Silva CF and Howe PD, Hacettepe Journal of Sports Science, XXIV, 2013, 2, 147-150

Difference, adapted physical activity and human development: Potential contribution of capabilities approach. Silva CF and Howe PD, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 2012, 29, (1), 25-43

The (In)Validity of Supercrip Representation of Paralympian Athletes. Silva CF and Howe PD, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 2012, 36, (2), 174-194

Qu'apporte aux activités physiques adaptées l'approche par le développement humain et les capacités? Silva CF and Howe PD, Sport et handicap: les Activités physiques adaptées (APA), 2012, 2 (58)

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