Dr. Leonardo Jose Mataruna-Dos-Santos


Dr Mataruna has a large experience in community research, social media and mega events legacies. During his first Post-Doc in Contemporary Culture (UFRJ) he investigated the Internet consumption by Olympic athletes. In his second experience as Post-Doc in Sport for Development (Marie Curie Fellow) he evaluates the social legacy of the impact of London 2012 in East London. During his PhD realized research connecting technology for professional athletes in order to enhance the results. In his MRes/MSc., Dr Mataruna carried a research about Quality of Life and Physical Activity Style with more that 2.600 people at Favela da Mare –Brazil.

Research Title: Legacies of Sport Mega Events

Supervisors: Husni KharoufIan Brittain

Professional Memberships:

  • Membership of Chartered Institute of Marketing as Affiliate Professional (Number 38453105)
  • Professional member  (Number #106975) of British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES
  • Member of International Society for Comparative Physical Education & Sport (ISCPES)
  • Member of International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES)
  • Member of European Association for the Philosophy of Sport.
  • Director Member – Director of Research – BPSF, Brazilian Police and Firemen Sport Federation
  • Member of ABEP-UK, Brazilian Post-Graduated Researchers in the UK
  • Member of International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport
  • Member of Latin-America Association of Philosophy of Sport
  • Member of Pierre de Coubertin Brazilian Committee
  • Director Member - Coordinator of Judo in the Special Olympics Brazil
  • Member of Brazilian Judo Federation
  • Member of Science of Sport Department at the Brazilian Olympic Committee
  • Coordinator of 48th and 49th Young Participants Session, International Olympic Academy – International Olympic Committee.
  • Director Member of International Relation of FIEP – Physical Education International Federation
  • Researcher at Olympic Studies Centre, State University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Researcher Member at PACC – Contemporary Culture Advanced Program of UFRJ
  • Member of the Olympic Investigation Institute, Universidad de Occidente – Mexico
  • Member of Sociological Studies in Physical Education and Sport Research Group, (GPES – UFPEL) – Federal University of Pelotas, RS, Brazil.
  • Member of Editorial Board of Podium Sport, Leisure and Tourism Review
  • Marie Curie Alumni Association Member, European Union
  • Affiliate Member to the International Judo Federation  (Number 43B1-D55C)
  • Affiliate Member of the Pan-America Judo Confederation
  • Affiliate Member of the Kukkiwon  (Number 05405045) - World Taekwondo Headquarters (Korea)

Awards and Grants:

  • CISM Medal of Sport Military Merit - Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) – Grade: Knight
  • 2016 Diploma of Senior Emeritus of the Brazilian Army – Researcher Personality
  • 2016 FIEP - Medal Manoel Tubino – Scientist Award
  • 2015 Swizz Science Grant
  • Marie Curie FP7 Grant
  • Medal of Sport Military Merit – Defense Ministry – Brazilian Sport Military Commission (CDMB).
  • National Prize of Research – 2nd place – Brazil Sport and Leisure. Ministry of Education.
  • Best Paper of International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport – 2012 Conference
  • First Latin-American Coordinator of the International Postgraduate Seminar (15th Edition), International Olympic Academy.
  • Best Research present in the Unicamp University International Conference of Sport Science.
  • Best Academic Research of UFRJ – Undergraduate Prize
  • Medal of Participation in Olympics as part of the Brazilian Judo Team in: London 2012, Beijing 2008, Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000.
  • Prize of Olympic Voluntary: Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010
  • Medal of participation in Paralympics: Athens 2004. (National Coach)
  • Medal of Recognition: 5th World Military Games Rio 2011
  • Prize of Innovation: Special Olympics 


  • English;
  • Italian;
  • Spanish;
  • French;
  • Portuguese;
  • Greek (basic). 

Research Interests:

  • legacies of Olympic and Paralympic Games,
  • Sport Media,
  • Sport for Peace,
  • Social Media,
  • Innovation and new technologies for sport.

The objective of the study is to identify the reason of anti-consumerism resistance that appear in Brazil during the World FIFA Football Cup and before the Olympic and Paralympic Games. To compare the movements from the perspective of the riots, protests objectives and the proportion of attendance can brings important elements for the organise committees of mega events in the futures and also, move forward the actions in the sport marketing and sport management fields. 

 Queen’s Award for Enterprise Logo
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021