Athanasios Pappous

Universidad de Kent (UK).

Dr. Athanasios (Sakis) Pappous works as Reader and he has been the Head of School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Kent for the last two academic years. His research interests focus on the social and psychological aspects of physical activity and health, with a special interest on using sport as an integrative tool to promote inclusion of disadvantaged groups.
Dr. Pappous, has a strong European academic background which has been enriched by studies and professional experience in five European countries Greece, Spain, France, Bulgaria and the UK. After completing his Ph.D. from the University of Granada (Spain), Dr. Pappous was employed as a Supervisor for the Organizing Committee of the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Greece and gained firsthand experience in Sport Event Management. In 2006, he became the first researcher with a Sports Science background to be awarded the prestigious Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellowship in the Social Sciences section financed by the European Commission.
Before joining the School of Sport and Exercise Science in Kent University, Dr. Pappous worked as lecturer until august 2009 at Montpellier 1 University in France.
Dr. Pappous’ international background and multilingual skills has given him the opportunity to teach and publish his work in 5 languages. In Rio 2016 he worked as scientific advisor of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee coordinating a project that aimed to use the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games to promote inclusion.