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Dr Efstathios Christodoulides

UNESCO Chair on Governance & Social Responsibility in Sport

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Ph.D., Sport Sciences – Sport and Social Sciences (Doctoral School of Sport Sciences, Semmelweis University, Budapest, 2012)

M.Ed., Physical Education and Sport Sciences (University of Physical Education, Budapest, 2005)

Coaching degree in Swimming (University of Physical Education, IOC and Olympic Solidarity, Budapest, 2005)

Coaching degree in Recreation (University of Physical Education, IOC and Olympic Solidarity, Budapest, 2005)

EQF Level 4 Certification in Personal Training, International Wellness Institute (Budapest, 2005)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Advance HE (UCLan, 2021)


Sport and Social Sciences

Employment Track

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (2017 -Present)

Associate Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus, Sport and Exercise Science (2016 – 2017)

Research Associate, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, School of Education (2015 – 2017)

Physical Education and Health Teacher, Kungsholmens Gymnasium Stockholm, Sweden, (2014 – 2015)

Associate Lecturer, University of Nicosia, Physical Education and Sports Science (2008 – 2012)

Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • Member of the Scientific Committee – Académie Internationale des Sciences et d’ Innovation du Fitness AISIF – Geneva, Switzerland
  • National Educator – Cyprus Anti-Doping Authority CyADA
  • Member of the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA)
  • Member of the Cyprus Association of Physical Education and Sports Science (ΠΑΣΥΠΕΦΑΑ)
  • Member of the Cyprus scientific committee for the Health Behaviour in School aged Children (HBSC) cross-national survey


Research Interests

My work is focused on physical literacy, physical education, sports and digital technologies as means for cultural and generational cultivation into healthy lifestyles. More specifically, my work is distinguished in the following areas:

  • Physical literacy with a focus on socialization
  • Sport and physical activity in contemporary society
  • Physical activity and quality of life
  • Digital technologies in physical education

Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership (UCLan Cyprus)

  • Course Leader in BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (2020 – Present)
  • Deputy Course Leader in MSc Sport and Exercise Sciences (2021 – 2022)
  • Deputy Course Leader in BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (2017 – 2020)
  • Module Leadership/Delivery:
    • XS1004 Pedagogy and Sociology Issues in Physical Education
    • XS1205 Planning and Instructing Exercises for Health and Fitness
    • XS2006 Applied Principles and Techniques in Sports 1
    • XS3006 Applied Principles and Techniques in Sports 2
    • XS2206 Advanced Principles of Exercise and Training
    • XS3900 Double Research Project

Administrative Roles

  • Member of the University Research & Innovation Committee (RIC) (2021 – Present)
  • Member of the University Student Experience and Engagement Committee (SEEC) (2020 – 2021)
  • Member of the University Erasmus Committee (2018 – 2020)


Past Teaching

  • Module Leadership/Delivery:
    • SD1207 Coaching Process
    • TL2130 Health and Fitness
    • XS1106 Introduction to Gym Instruction
    • TL3150 Careers in Sport
    • TL3153 Advances in Fitness Training
    • XS2912 Sports Science Support: Issues and Practices
    • XS2004 Professional Work Experience 1

Selective Publications

Book Chapters

Christodoulides, E., Tsivitanidou, O., and Hadjimatheou, A., 2022. ‘Sport didactics in Cyprus: learning from the past, in the present and for the future’ in the Book Sports Didactics in Europe: History, Current Trends and Future Developments. Waxmann. ISBN 978-3-8309-4167-5, pp. 333 – 352.

Christodoulides, E. And Tsivitanidou, 2021. ‘O Φυσικός γραμματισμός (Physical Literacy): ο ρόλος της εκπαίδευσης, της οικογένειας και της κοινωνίας ευρύτερα’ in the Συλλογικός Τόμος Εβδομάδα Ευαισθητοποίησης “ΠΑΙΔΙ ΚΑΙ ΒΙΟΗΘΙΚΗ” – Collective Volume – Child and Bioethics by the Cyprus National Bioethics Committee, pp. 197 – 221.

Christodoulides E. 2006, “Impact of Social and Demographic Characteristics on Sport for All Participation in Cyprus” in the Book Movement Recreation for All, ISBN 83-89829-21-5, pp. 67 – 82.

Journal Publications

Christodoulides, E., Tsivitanidou, O., Sofokleous, G., Grecic, D., Sinclair, J.K., Dana, A. and Ghorbani, S., 2023. Does Physical Activity Mediate the Associations between Physical Literacy and Mental Health during the COVID-19 Post-Quarantine Era among Adolescents in Cyprus? Youth3(3), pp.823-834.

Amoroso, J.P., Coelho, L., Papp, H., Costa, F., Christodoulides, E., Cools, W., Erdősi, Z., Moore, Jr. J.E., Furtado, G.E., 2023. Self-Refereeing System in Ultimate during the Joint Junior Ultimate Championship in Three Different Divisions—A Different Way to Promote Fair-Play? Youth, 3(1), pp. 414-427.

Parpa, K., Paludo, A.C., Christodoulides, E., Kobus, M. and Michaelides, M., 2023. Physical Literacy in Female Youth: A Pilot Study Examining Its Association with Physical Activity, Sports Participation, and Physical Fitness. Youth3(1), pp.392-400.

Carl, J., Bryant, A.S., Edwards, L.C., Bartle, G., Birch, J.E., Christodoulides, E., Emeljanovas, A., Fröberg, A., Gandrieau, J., Gilic, B. and van Hilvoorde, I., 2023. Physical literacy in Europe: The current state of implementation in research, practice, and policy. Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness, 21(1), pp.165-176.

Dana, A., Christodoulides, E., Baniasadi, T., & Ghorbani, S. 2022. Effects of Family-Related Activities on Adolescent Smoking in the United States: Evidence from a Longitudinal Study. International Journal of Pediatrics10(3), pp. 15535-15546.

Hänggi, J.M., Spinnler, S., Christodoulides, E., Gramespacher, E., Taube, W. and Doherty, A., 2020. Sedentary behavior in children by wearable cameras: development of an annotation protocol. American Journal of Preventive Medicine59(6), pp.880-886.

Dana, A. and Christodoulides, E., 2020. The effects of a period of selected physical activity on improving manipulative and locomotors skills of children with neuropsychological learning disabilities. Journal of Rehabilitation Sciences and Research7(1), pp.25-30.

Ghorbani, S., Dana, A. and Christodoulides, E., 2020. Effects of external focus of attention on learning static balance among girls with ADHD. Biomedical Human Kinetics12(1), pp.69-74.

Nicolaou, S. and Christodoulides, E., 2019. The effects of rheumatoid arthritis on Cypriot recreational athletes = A reumatoid artritisz hatása a ciprusi szabadidős sportolókra. TESTNEVELÉS, SPORT, TUDOMÁNY4(3-4), pp.23-41.

Dana, A., Hamzeh Sabzi, A. and Christodoulides, E., 2019. The effect of virtual reality exercises on dynamic balance of children with developmental coordination disorder. Journal of Humanities Insights3(03), pp.123-128.

Janani, H., Christodoulides, E. and Soleymani Tape Sari, B., 2019. The Relationship between the Activities in Social Media with Social Anxiety, Loneliness, and Shyness of National Team Athletes. Sport Psychology Studies (ie, mutaleat ravanshenasi varzeshi)8(29), pp.75-87.

Christodoulides, E., 2012. Impact of socializing factors on three Cypriot generations’ sporting activity and sport consumption (Szocializációs tényezôk hatása három ciprusi generáció sporttevékenységére és sportfogyasztására). Hungarian Review of Sport Sciences (Magyar Sporttudományi Szemle), 49(1), pp. 11 -17.

Christodoulides, E., 2012. Generational differences in the motivational factors that drive Cypriots to participate in sporting activities. Biomedical Human Kinetics4, p.54.

Christodoulides, E., Derri, V., Tsivitanidou, O. and Kioumourtzoglou, E., 2012. Differences in social skills of Cypriot students in the physical education class. Journal of Physical Education and Sport12(3), p.371.

Christodoulides, E., 2012. The Impact of Advancements in Science and Technology on Cypriots’ Physical Activities over Time. Physical Culture and Sport55, p.56.

Christodoulides, E., 2009. Changes in Society, Changes in Sport: The Case of Cyprus. International Quarterly of Sport Sciences, pp.1-4.

Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations 

  • 2022, HE Erasmus+ Training Mobility at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • 2022, Invited Chair and member of the Scientific Committee at 1o Εθνικό Επιστημονικό Συνέδριο Αθλητικής Επιστήμης και Φυσικής Αγωγής
  • 2022, Invited speaker at a conference – Αποτελεσματικές και Αποδοτικές Τοποθετήσεις σε ένα Σύγχρονο Περιβάλλον Εργασίας: η συμβολή του Γραφείου Διασύνδεσης του Πανεπιστημίου UCLan Cyprus
  • 2022, 33rd convention of Cyprus national Olympic Academy – «Ολυμπιακά Πρότυπα και ο Κοινωνικός ρόλος του αθλητισμού στη σύγχρονη κοινωνία»
  • 2022, Invited speaker at a conference/exhibition: ΄Villages on Move Go’. University College Leuven-Limburg. Belgium. Presentation title: ‘The Concept of Firesouls in Sports’. (European Commission – Erasmus+ Sports)’.
  • 2022, Invited speaker at a seminar: ΄’Rural Cyprus 2040 – Volume I: Νέοι και Αγροτικές περιοχές΄’. Oxygono. Cyprus. Presentation title: ‘Kαλλιέργεια φυσικού γραμματισμού (Physical Literacy) και το παράδειγμα του Villages on Move Go (Erasmus+ Sports)’.
  • 2022, Invited speaker at a seminar: ΄’Stelios Kyriakides, a timeless symbol of our sports history΄’. The District Office of Secondary Education of Paphos. Cyprus. Presentation title: ‘Social Importance and key socializing agents in sports – the paradigm of Stelios Kyriakides’.
  • 2022, ‘Αθλητικός Τουρισμός & Βιομηχανία’. Conference by Cyprus Sports Organization.
  • 2022, 8th World Conference – Pediatrics, Child Health & Development – Progression And Research Awareness During Covid Crisis. Presentation title: ‘Associations between Physical Activity and Self-Esteem with Physical and Psychological Wellbeing among Children with ADHD during the COVID-19 Pandemic’. Texas, USA.
  • 2022, Invited speaker at the Cyprus Pro Fitness Convention. Roundtable discussions: ‘Exercise is Medicine’ and ‘Continuing Education’.
  • 2022, 1ο Συνέδριο για την Ψυχική Υγεία στον Αθλητισμό στην Κύπρο “Mental Health in Sports Cyprus”. Κυπριακός Οργανισμός Αθλητισμού, η GDA Sports και Εθνική Αρχή Στοιχημάτων. Round table discussion.
  • 2021, Invited speaker at New York State University Cortland. ‘Physical Literacy’.
  • 2021, 32η Σύνοδος Ολυμπιακής Ακαδημίας Κύπρου – Working Group
  • 2021, ‘Sports Tourism – Development, Sustainability and Service Innovation’. Conference, Cyprus Sports Organization. Presentation title: ‘Sports Tourism and European Collaborations’.
  • 2021, ‘Physical literacy: Cultural Connection Around the World’. IPLA International Conference. Presentation title: ‘Physical Literacy as an investment into a cultivation process’
  • 2019, ‘ΠΑΙΔΙ ΚΑΙ ΒΙΟΗΘΙΚΗ’. Conference, Cyprus National Bioethics Committee. Presentation title: ‘Physical literacy and lifestyle’
  • 2019, ‘1stSports Sociology Symposium’ UCLan Cyprus. Presentation title: ‘Physical Literacy and Culture’
  • 2019, ‘3rd International Sport and Innovation Conference’. University of Physical Education, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2018, ‘Performance in Sports’ – 10th Annual meeting of the Swiss Society of Sport Science. Swiss Society of Sport Science, Sportwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft der Schweiz (SGS). Presentation title: ‘Intensities of screen and non-screen sedentary activities in Swiss children’
  • 2018, ‘1st International Sport Management Symposium’. CEDAR and UCLan Cyprus. Presentation title: ‘Physical Literacy and Sports’
  • 2018, ‘Sports Medicine in the 21st century’ – 10th International Sports Medicine Congress. Greece. Presentation title: ‘Assessment of pre-competition anxiety in professional football players in Cyprus’

Selective Research Funding/ Grant Capture

  • Promoting Physical Literacy and Healthy Lifestyles through Digital Materials for University students – ‘ePhyLi’ – Erasmus+ Sport Collaborative partnerships. Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, €400000, 2022 – 2025
  • Physical Activity and Mental Health of Children and Youth in Cyprus:  Post-COVID-19 Era – ‘PAMeCy’ – Research Centre for Applied Sport Physical Activity and Performance, UCLan UK, €4500, 2022
  • Collaborative project – European perspective on physical literacy EUROPLIT – Department of Sport Science and Sport Division Exercise and Health, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, 2022
  • Cultivating physical literacy (PL)_ Examining approaches promoting PL in physical education (PE) courses at higher education in the USA’ – Fulbright Scholarship, IIE, 2021
  • Erasmus+ Sport Collaborative partnerships, Villages on the Move Go (VOMGO), Researcher, €397,390, 2020 – 2022
  • Erasmus+ Sport Collaborative partnerships, Basketball for Life Skills (BASKI), Researcher, €396,410, 2020 – 2022
  • Centre for Teacher Education & Centre for Sports Science and University Sports University of Vienna, Sports Didactics in Europe – History, Current Trends and Future Developments, Principal Investigator in Cyprus, 2019 – 2020
  • Swiss Federal Office for Sport (Bundesamt für Sport BASPO) & FHNW, Sport – Media – Children, Associate Researcher, 2013 – 2016
  • Cyprus Anti-Doping Authority (CyADA), Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of Cypriot students, teachers and coaches on doping, Researcher, 2014

Supervision of Projects/PhDs

  • S.K (PhD) ‘The Psychological and Sociological factors affecting football players in Cyprus’ 2nd Supervisor, 2020
  • Independent Research Project ‘Teaching approaches and barriers in Secondary Physical Education Setting in Cyprus’, 2018


  • UNESCO Co-Chair ‘Governance and Social Responsibility in Sport’ 2022, University of Central Lancashire Cyprus
  • IPLA Country Lead – Cyprus 2022, International Physical Literacy Association, UK
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar – New York, USA 2021, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, US Department of State Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2021, Advance HE, UK

Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

Reviewer in:

  • Education Sciences Journal
  • Journal of Sports Sciences
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Member of the Editorial Board

  • Journal of Humanities Insight

Guest Editor

  • Journal of Youth – Special Issue on ‘Youth Physical Activity and Wellbeing’