Luciana De Martin Silva
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Dr Luciana De Martin Silva is a Principal Lecturer and the Teaching Development Scheme Lead at Hartpury University. She has extensive experience teaching from level 4 to 7 as well as leading three different academic programmes including undergraduate and postgraduate level. Luciana is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE), a freelance endorsement moderator completing work for CIMSPA and Futsal Coach Developer for the Football Association.

Luciana has experience as an External Examiner/Validation panel member at five UK Institutions as well as Reviewer for different journals. She has also worked with a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students in a research project supervision capacity. This includes the supervision of a PhD to completion as well as currently supervising a PhD student at the University of Porto, Portugal.

From an industry perspective, Luciana has experience as a qualified PE teacher in Brazil and has experience as a Futsal Head Coach in a variety of settings including youth, national and international level. The highlights were winning a Gold medal in the World University Games in Beijing in 2001 with Brazil, FA Cup champion twice (2010 and 2015), co-leading the England Deaf Women’s Futsal team to 4th place in the Futsal European Championships in 2018 and recently winning the FA Women's Super Series Northern Futsal division in 2021.

Luciana also has experience engaging in community initiatives to enhance youth participation in sport and generate student placement opportunities. For example, she created opportunities for Hartpury students to engage in the delivery of Futsal sessions to hundreds of local girls during the winter months from 2014 to 2019 via the successfull partnership she created with the Gloucestershire County Girls Football League and a grant received from the Football Association.


Research interests

Luciana’s main research interest is on teaching and learning, with particular focus on Higher Education, Sport Coaching and Physical Education. 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. 

Current teaching

Luciana currently leads modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The main focus of her teaching is on Pedagogy and the research process.

Education/Academic qualification

Sport Coaching, PhD, A longitudinal study of BSc Sports Coaching students' learning experiences and identity development, Cardiff Metropolitan University

1 Aug 201122 Sept 2016

Award Date: 22 Sept 2016

Teaching in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Cardiff Metropolitan University


Award Date: 1 Jan 2013

Education, Ma, A Foucauldian analysis of parents' perceptions of their daughters' participation in Football., University of Bath

1 Sept 20061 Jul 2007

Award Date: 3 Jul 2007

Physical Education, BSc, Intensidade de Jogos Oficiais de Futsal Feminino. [Intensity of Women’s Futsal Official Matches]. , Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

1 Jan 199920 Dec 2002

Award Date: 22 Dec 2002

External positions

Endorsement moderator, CIMSPA

Sept 2022 → …

Futsal Coach Developer, The Football Association

Sept 2022 → …

Critical Friend, The National Teaching Repository

Sept 2022 → …

External Examiner for the BSc Sport Coaching programme, University of Northampton

20 Sept 202020 Jul 2024

Board Member, International Science and Football Association (ISAFA)

2020 → …

Reviewer, ‘Sociology of Sport Journal’

2019 → …

External Assessor for BSc (Hons)Sport and Exercise Science (Distance Learning) and BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and Development, Manchester Metropolitan University


Editorial Board Member, The International Journal of Football Business and Management

2017 → …

External Examiner for the FdSc Sports Performance, University of Bath

20 Sept 201420 Jul 2018

External Review and Revalidation panel member - FdA Sports Development and Coaching programme, Staffordshire University


Reviewer, ‘Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives’

2014 → …


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