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Leonardo Jose Mataruna-Dos-Santos

Associate Research Fellow, Coventry University

Dr Leonardo Mataruna’s key experience combines academic and practitioner’s perspectives in the legacies of Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sport Media, Sport for Peace, Peacekeeping, Innovation and new technologies for sport. He is a licensed Officer of the Brazilian Navy and is part of the Brazilian Judo Confederation. Dr Mataruna is research fellow at the CARNiVAL project sponsored by European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/under REA grant agreement n° 612614.

As part of the Judo team he attended the Olympics of Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012; the Paralympic Games of Athens 2004 as coach and, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 as a journalist (commentator); the FIFA 2014 Football Cup, as a scientist; and the Winter Olympics of Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, as an observer.

Dr Mataruna is part of Coventry University’s CTPSR and Visiting Research Fellow at the Advantage Program of Contemporary Culture (PACC) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Universidad de Occident in Los Mochis, Mexico. His main research project currently is “LONRIO: sharing social legacy and transferability of sport mega events from London to Rio de Janeiro”, supported by the Marie Curie Funds from the European Union, under the Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/under REA grant agreement n° 612614.


  • –present
    Marie Curie Research Fellow, Coventry University


  • 2013 
    Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Post-Doc Diploma in Contemporary Culture
  • 2011 
    Gama Filho University, PhD in Sociology of Sport
  • 2007 
    Loughborough University, PGDip Olympic Studies
  • 2004 
    State University of Campinas, MRes/MSc in Adapted Physical Activity

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Swizz National Science Foundation
    sport culture and contemporary transnationalism
    Funding Source:
    Sport in Society Journal: Cultures, Commerce, Media and Politics
  • 2013
    Marie Curie Fellow
    Sport Mega Events - Sport Legacies
    Funding Source:
    European Union FP7-People Program to coordinate the LONRIO Project.

Professional Memberships

  • Membership of Chartered Institute of Marketing


Order of Military Sport of Sport Military Council - CISM and Order of Military Sport of Ministry of Defence - Brazil