Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Social Justice
  • Sport Pedagogy
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Feminist studies
  • Participatory Action Research

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Carla Nascimento Luguetti

Carla’s overarching research and teaching focus on topics of sport pedagogy and social justice. Over the past seven years she has focused on understanding activist approaches within sporting contexts. Specifically, her line of research aims at co-creating a pedagogical model for working with youth from diverse backgrounds. The intent is to use sport as a vehicle for assisting youth to become critically aware of their communities’ social issues.

Carla completed a PhD at the University of Sao Paulo in 2014. Her research explored critical pedagogy and feminist studies in order to co-create a sport program that better addressed youth from socially vulnerable backgrounds. In that time she participated as a visiting researcher for six months at University of Bedfordshire, UK, under the supervision of Professor David Kirk. In 2015–16, she did her post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Human Performance, Dance and Recreation at New Mexico State University, US, under the supervision of Professor Kimberly Oliver.    

She joined VU as a lecturer in 2018 and teaches a range of units in Health and Physical Education.

Carla’s line of research is underpinned by critical pedagogy and feminist studies. She has a significant publication track record in collaboration with researchers from all over the globe (US, UK, Ireland, Australia, and South America) in peer-reviewed journals and papers for international conferences. For example, since 2010 she has published one co-authored book, 7 book chapters and 16 peer-reviewed journal articles. Her publications cover a range of topics within her field. These include participatory and activist approaches to working with diverse youth, curriculum innovation and development through models-based practice.

Carla is interested in supervising or co-supervising postgraduate students who have an interest in HPE and sport pedagogy, participatory action research and social justice.

Qualifications

  • Post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Human Performance, Dance and Recreation at New Mexico State University, US
  • PhD Pedagogy of Human Movement, School of Physical Education and Sport, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • M.A. Sport Studies, School of Physical Education and Sport, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Key publications

Year Citation
2022 Parker, M., Patton, K., Goncalves, L., Luguetti, C., & Lee, O. (220501). Learning communities and physical education professional development: A scoping review. European Physical Education Review, 28(2), (500-518).

doi: 10.1177/1356336X211055584

2022 Luguetti, C., Enright, E., Hynes, J., & Bishara, J. A. (220201). The (im)possibilities of praxis in online health and physical education teacher education. European Physical Education Review, 28(1), (57-77).

doi: 10.1177/1356336X211016485

2022 Luguetti, C., Singehebhuye, L., & Spaaij, R. (220101). Towards a culturally relevant sport pedagogy: lessons learned from African Australian refugee-background coaches in grassroots football. Sport, Education and Society, 27(4), (449-461).

doi: 10.1080/13573322.2020.1865905

2022 Luguetti, C., Singehebhuye, L., & Spaaij, R. (220101). Stop mocking, start respecting : an activist approach meets African Australian refugee-background young women in grassroots football. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 14(1), (119-136).

doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2021.1879920

2022 Goncalves, L., Parker, M., Luguetti, C., & Carbinatto, M. (220101). We united to defend ourselves and face our struggles : nurturing a physical education teachers community of practice in a precarious context. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 27(4), (339-352).

doi: 10.1080/17408989.2021.1891212

2022 Goncalves, L. L., Parker, M., Luguetti, C., & Carbinatto, M. (220101). The facilitator s role in supporting physical education teachers empowerment in a professional learning community. Sport, Education and Society, 27(3), (272-285).

doi: 10.1080/13573322.2020.1825371

2022 Nunn, C., Spaaij, R., & Luguetti, C. (220101). Beyond integration: football as a mobile, transnational sphere of belonging for refugee-background young people. Leisure Studies, 41(1), (42-55).

doi: 10.1080/02614367.2021.1962393

2022 Spaaij, R., Luguetti, C., & De, Martini. (220101). Forced migration and sport: an introduction. Sport in Society, 25(3), (405-417).

doi: 10.1080/17430437.2022.2017616

2022 Luguetti, C., Singehebhuye, L., & Spaaij, R. (220101). A collaborative self-study of ethical issues in participatory action research with refugee-background young people in grassroots football. Sport in Society, 25(3), (453-468).

doi: 10.1080/17430437.2022.2017621

2022 Uhle, E. R., Palma, B. P., Luguetti, C., & Galatti, L. R. (220101). Sensitivity, shared purpose, and learning community: a case study of a Brazilian sport program with children and young people from socially vulnerable backgrounds. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy,

doi: 10.1080/17408989.2022.2028758

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Empowering lives through football
From: Football Victoria Inc
Other investigators: Prof Ramon Spaaij, Dr Fiona Mclachlan, Aspr Brent Mcdonald
For period: 2020-2021
Not disclosed
The Change Makers Project: Empowering Football Clubs on the Journey to 50/50
From: Change our Game Research Grant Program
Other investigators: Aspr Brent Mcdonald, Dr Fiona Mclachlan
For period: 2020-2021
$24,997
Change Makers: Empowering Sports in Melbourne's West to Provide Positive Engagement for Migrants and Refugees
From: Driving Social Inclusion Through Sport and Physical Activity
Other investigators: Prof Ramon Spaaij, Aspr Brent Mcdonald, Dr Fiona Mclachlan
For period: 2020-2022
$330,784

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Other supervision of research students

Carla is interested in supervising or co-supervising postgraduate students who have an interest in HPE and sport pedagogy, participatory action research and social justice. Carla has already supervised 60 honours theses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Santa Cecilia University, Brazil. She was also invited to be part in 5 doctoral and 8 masters examinations. Carla has international networks in US, UK, Ireland and South America and she is interested in supervising international students.

Teaching activities & experience

Carla has taught in higher education for eleven years and actively contributed to the creation of new curricular proposals in the undergraduate courses.

In Brazil, Carla coordinated six units related to pedagogy in physical education and sports coaching (Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and Sport, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, Foundations of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, and Long Term Athlete Development), seven units in youth development, youth sports and recreation (Motor Learning, Motor Control, Human Growths, Motor Development Sport and Games, Artistic Gymnastic, and School Sport), four units in supporting research (Developing a Research Project in Physical Education, Basic Scientific Research in Physical Education, and Research Methods in Physical Education), and three units in psychological and sociocultural aspects of physical activity, sport, and recreation (Sport Sociology, and Sport Psychology). 

She joined VU as a lecturer in 2018 and teaches a range of units in Health and Physical Education.

Teaching responsibilities

Awards

Year Award
2017

Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education Exemplary Paper Award 2016 - American Education Research Association

2015

Outstanding Supervisor Award 2015 - Santa Cecilia University

2013

Merit Award 2013 by relevant academic contribution in the field of teaching, research and community engagement - Santa Cecilia University

Keynote and invited speeches

Year Title/Description
2019

Towards a pedagogy of love: Exploring people’s experiences of an activist sport pedagogical model

Carla was invited to deliver a keynote in the AIESEP 2019 International Conference at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York on June 19- 22, 2019. AIESEP is an international, non-governmental, non-profit, professional association which aims to promote high quality research worldwide in the areas of physical education, physical activity and sport pedagogy across the lifespan. Carla deliver a keynote message on the subtheme: Professional Preparation for Health and Physical Education, Sport and Physical Activity; and Youth Development.