Nicola De Martini Ugolotti

Dr Nicola De Martini Ugolotti

  • Senior Lecturer In Sport
  • Dorset House D224, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Nicola De Martini Ugolotti is senior lecturer in Sport and Physical Culture at Bournemouth University, and member of Associazione Frantz Fanon in Turin, Italy. He completed his PhD in Physical Cultural Studies at the University of Bath, after a MSc in Medical Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, and several years of professional activity as a clinical psychologist with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Italy. His interdisciplinary research focuses on leisure and expressive forms of physicality (from capoeira and parkour, to dance and music-making) as lenses to address the reciprocal constitution of bodies, spaces, power and subjectivities in contemporary contexts of (forced) migration, uneven urban changes, and social exclusion. Nicola is member of the editorial boards of the Leisure Studies and Sociology of Sport journals and his work has been published in journals/books across leisure, urban and migration studies, sociology of sport and cultural geography. Nicola is available to supervise postgraduate and doctoral students in the areas of:...


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Gender equality

"Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Sustainable cities and communities

"Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable"

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Journal Articles



  • De Martini Ugolotti, N., 2024. Pedagogie dei Corpi e Spazi Incorporati in Processi di Urbanizzazione Planetaria. In: Donato, A., Galak, E. and Bortolotti, A., eds. Pedagogie del Corpo. Rome, Italy: QUAPEG.
  • De Martini Ugolotti, N., Donato, A. and Tonelli, L., 2023. Lockdown Cartographies: Active Bodies, Public Spaces and Pandemic Atmospheres in Italy. In: Andrews, D., Thorpe, H. and Newman, J., eds. Sport and Physical Culture in Global Pandemic Times: COVID Assemblages. Palgrave Macmillan, 91.
  • Collison, C. and De Martini Ugolotti, N., 2021. Pain and Faith: An Intersectional-Phenomenological Exploration of Syrian Muslim Refugee Women’s Experiences of Yoga and Resettlement in Sweden. In: Caudwell, J., ed. Leisure and Forced Migration: Lives Lived in Asylum Systems. Routledge.
  • Collison, C. and De Martini Ugolotti, N., 2021. Pain, faith and yoga: An intersectional-phenomenological perspective on Syrian Muslim women's experiences of resettlement in Sweden. Leisure and Forced Migration: Lives Lived in Asylum Systems. 121-138.
  • De Martini Ugolotti, N. and Caudwell, J., 2021. Leisure and Forced Migration: Lives Lived in Asylum Systems (Introduction). Leisure and Forced Migration: Lives Lived in Asylum Systems. Routledge.
  • De Martini Ugolotti, N., 2019. Corpi e città contese: studi culturali del corpo e trasformazioni urbane. In: Donato, A., Tonelli, L. and Galak, E., eds. Le Pieghe del Corpo. Mimesis.
  • De Martini Ugolotti, N., 2018. “No sleep'till Parco Dora”: Parkour ei paradossi di una città rigenerata, tra eterotopie e governo della differenza. In: Capello, C. and Semi, G., eds. Torino: Un profilo etnografico. Milano: Meltemi.


Internet Publications

PhD Students

  • Edward Loveman. Land of Hope and Glory: An Ethnographic Study on Englishness, Imperialism and Sports Mega Events Audiences, (In progress)
  • Jordan Cotton, 2018. MRes: "The East End is the new West End": London 2012 and resident experiences of the urban changes in a post-Olympic Landscape

Invited Lectures

  • Migrant youth, leisure and urban citizenship, University of Turin, Italy, 10 Apr 2019 more
  • Embodying mobility, emplacing change, Università di Bologna, 20 Mar 2018 more
  • Geographies of the body: space, power, practice, Università di Bologna, 18 Feb 2018 more
  • (Post)Migrant Youth and the City, University of Amsterdam, 22 Sep 2016 more


  • Leisure and Forced Migration: Reframing Critical Analyses of Practices, Sociabilities and Lives Lived in the Asylum System (Leisure Studies Association. Maureen Harrington Fund, 10 Jan 2019). Completed
  • Climbing Walls, Making Bridges: Capoeira, Parkour and Children of Immigrants' Identity Negotiations in Turin's Public Spaces (University of Bath, 01 Oct 2018). Completed
  • "Here to Play": Exploring the Role of Leisure in Forced Migrants' Negotiations of Place, Belonging and Uncertainty in Post-Brexit Bristol. (Leisure Studies Association, 18 Dec 2017). Completed

External Responsibilities

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Post published on sociological dissemination website discover society ( (08 Apr 2020)
  • Festival of Learning 2018, Public Talk. "Here to Play": forced migrants, music and belonging (20 Jun 2018-20 Jul 2018)

Conference Presentations

  • Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference 2019, Parkour, graffiti and the politics of (in)visibility in the leisure-oriented city, 09 Jul 2019, Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland
  • Challenging Social Hierarchies and Inequalities, “Here to play”: Music-making and forced migrants' embodied practices of diasporic belonging, 24 Apr 2019, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Mobilising Change: Creative and Critical Leisure Practices in the Post-Disciplinary Era, "Here to Play": Musicality, dance and forced migrants' negotiations of place, belonging and uncertainty in Bristol, 10 Jul 2018, University of Bath
  • 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Contested Bodies in a Regenerating City: Post-Migrant Youth's Disputed Leisure and Contingent Citizenship in Turin, 28 Aug 2017, Athens
  • Leisure Studies Association, Leeds, 4th-6th July 2017, Post-Migrant youth, parkour and the (contested) containment of difference in urban spaces of leisure, 04 Jul 2017, Leeds


  • PhD in Physical Cultural Studies (University of Bath, Department of Health, 2016)
  • MSc in Medical Anthropology (University of Amsterdam, 2011)
  • BSc (Hons) in Clinical Psychology (University of Turin, Italy, 2007)


  • Research Excellence Visiting Scientist Award (University of Turin, Italy, 2019)


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