Sakis Pappous

Professor Sakis Pappous

  • Professor and Deputy Head of Department in Sport and Event Management
  • DH
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Sakis joined Bournemouth University in 2020 as a Deputy Head for Sport and Event Management. Prior to this, Sakis was a Reader at the University of Kent, where he had a wide rage of leadership roles such as being the Head of School, Director of Graduate and Undergraduate studies and he also founded a research group focusing the Legacies of Sport Mega Events. In another life, Sakis has been an elite fencing athlete competing for the national team of Greece in European and World Championships. Once his athletic career came to an end he obtained several scholarships and funding grants (Marie Curie Intra-European, IKY- State Scholarships Foundation, Real Madrid foundation, Newton Fund) that allowed him to build a strong European and international academic background which has been enriched by studies and professional experience in different countries (Greece, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Brazil, Colombia). Dr Pappous has published widely on the topic of social legacies of Sport Mega Events. His academic publications are backed up from a sound professional, consulting and empirical experience...



  • Brown, C. and Pappous, A., 2021. Are mega-events a solution to address physical inactivity? Interrogating the London 2012 Paralympic sport participation legacies among people with disabilities. European Journal for Sport and Society, 18 (1), 18-43.

Journal Articles

  • Vergara-Torres, A.P., Tristán, J., López-Walle, J.M., González-Gallegos, A., Pappous, A.S. and Tomás, I., 2021. Quality of the Physical Education Teacher’s Instruction in the Perspective of Self-Determination. Frontiers in Psychology, 12.
  • Cabello-Manrique, D., Nuviala, R., Pappous, A., Puga-González, E. and Nuviala, A., 2021. The Mediation of Emotions in Sport Events: A Case Study in Badminton. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, 45 (4), 591-609.
  • Brown, C. and Pappous, A., 2021. Are mega-events a solution to address physical inactivity? Interrogating the London 2012 Paralympic sport participation legacies among people with disabilities. European Journal for Sport and Society, 18 (1), 18-43.
  • Pappous, A., Mohammed, W.A. and Sharma, D., 2021. Physiotherapists’ experiences with a four-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program. European Journal of Physiotherapy, 23 (5), 305-310.
  • Vergara-Torres, A.P., Tristán, J., López-Walle, J.M., González-Gallegos, A., Pappous, A. and Tomás, I., 2020. Students’ Perceptions of Teachers’ Corrective Feedback, Basic Psychological Needs and Subjective Vitality: A Multilevel Approach. Frontiers in Psychology, 11.
  • Richard, R., Marcellini, A., Pappous, A.S., Joncheray, H. and Ferez, S., 2020. Build and ensure the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Towards a sustainable sports inclusion of disabled people. Movement and Sports Sciences - Science et Motricite, 107 (1), 41-52.
  • Byers, T., Hayday, E. and Pappous, A., 2020. A new conceptualization of mega sports event legacy delivery: Wicked problems and critical realist solution. Sport Management Review, 23 (2), 171-182.
  • Ferez, S., Ruffié, S., Joncheray, H., Marcellini, A., Pappous, S. and Richard, R., 2020. Inclusion through sport: A critical view on paralympic legacy from a historical perspective. Social Inclusion, 8 (3), 224-235.
  • Solves, J., Pappous, A., Rius, I. and Kohe, G.Z., 2019. Framing the Paralympic Games: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Spanish Media Coverage of the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games. Communication and Sport, 7 (6), 729-751.
  • Hayday, E.J., Pappous, A. and Koutrou, N., 2019. The role of voluntary sport organisations in leveraging the London 2012 sport participation legacy. Leisure Studies, 38 (6), 746-761.
  • Mohammed, W.A., Pappous, A., Muthumayandi, K. and Sharma, D., 2018. The effect of mindfulness meditation on therapists’ body-awareness and burnout in different forms of practice. European Journal of Physiotherapy, 20 (4), 213-224.
  • Martí-García, C., Fernández-Alcántara, M., Hueso-Montoro, C., Montoya-Juárez, R., Pappous, A. and García-Caro, M.P., 2018. Cultural influences in the processing of emotion schemas related to death and violence: a pilot study. Revista de Estudios Sociales, 2018 (66), 71-79.
  • Brown, C. and Pappous, A., 2018. “The Legacy Element.. It Just Felt More Woolly”: Exploring the Reasons for the Decline in People With Disabilities’ Sport Participation in England 5 Years After the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 42 (5), 343-368.
  • Mohammed, W.A., Pappous, A. and Sharma, D., 2018. Effect of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in increasing pain tolerance and improving the mental health of injured athletes. Frontiers in Psychology, 9 (MAY).
  • Brown, C. and Pappous, A., 2018. The organisational performance of national disability sport organisations during a time of austerity: a resource dependence theory perspective. International Journal of Sport Policy, 10 (1), 63-78.
  • Hayday, E.J., Pappous, A. and Koutrou, N., 2017. Leveraging the sport participation legacy of the London 2012 Olympics: senior managers’ perceptions. International Journal of Sport Policy, 9 (2), 349-369.
  • Koutrou, N. and Pappous, A., 2016. Towards an Olympic volunteering legacy: Motivating Volunteers to serve and remain - A case study of London 2012 Olympic Games Volunteers. Voluntary Sector Review, 7 (3), 269-291.
  • Pappous, A. and Hayday, E.J., 2016. A case study investigating the impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on participation in two non-traditional English sports, Judo and Fencing. Leisure Studies, 35 (5), 668-684.
  • Koutrou, N., Pappous, A. and Johnson, A., 2016. Post-event volunteering legacy: Did the London 2012 games induce a sustainable volunteer engagement? Sustainability (Switzerland), 8 (12).
  • Bertheau, E.L., Cruz-Quintana, F., Pappous, A. and Rio-Valle, J.S., 2016. Explicit and implicit attitudes towards obesity in Physical Education students. Revista de Psicologia del Deporte, 25 (1), 91-96.
  • Kokolakakis, T., Pappous, A.S. and Meadows, S., 2015. The impact of the free swimming programme in a local community in the south east of England: Giving with one hand, taking away with the other. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12 (4), 4461-4480.
  • Pappous, A., Marcellini, A. and de Léséleuc, E., 2011. Contested issues in research on the media coverage of female Paralympic athletes. Sport in Society, 14 (9), 1182-1191.
  • Pappous, A.S., Marcellini, A. and de Leśéleuc, E., 2011. From Sydney to Beijing: The evolution of the photographic coverage of Paralympic Games in five European countries. Sport in Society, 14 (3), 345-354.
  • Ruiz-Juan, F., Gómez-López, M., Allende, G.F., Pappous, A. and Cárceles, F.A., 2010. Dispositional Goal Orientation, Beliefs about the Causes of Success and Intrinsic Satisfaction in Young Elite Paddlers. Journal of Human Kinetics, 26, 123-136.
  • Paz Garcia-Caro, M., Cruz-Quintana, F., Schmidt Rio-Valle, J., Munoz-Vinuesa, A., Montoya-Juarez, R., Prados-Pena, D., Pappous, A. and Botella-Lopez, M.C., 2010. Influence of emotions in the clinical trial of health professionals regarding diagosing the terminally ill. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 10 (1), 57-73.
  • de Léséleuc, E., Pappous, A. and Marcellini, A., 2010. The media coverage of female athletes with disability. Analysis of the daily press of four European countries during the 2000 Sidney Paralympic Games. European Journal for Sport and Society, 7 (3-4), 283-296.
  • Lebel, E., Marcellini, A. and Pappous, A.S., 2010. Crossed analyses of a sport photograph. Sport photojournalism and disabled athletes: Presentation of body and meaning production. Alter, 4 (1), 18-33.
  • García-Caro, M.P., Cruz-Quintana, F., Río-Valle, J.S., Muñoz-Vinuesa, A., Montoya-Juárez, R., Prados-Peña, D., Athanasios, P. and Botella-López, M.C., 2010. Influencia de las emociones en el juicio clínico de los profesionales de la salud a propósito del diagnóstico de enfermedad terminal. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 10 (1), 57-73.
  • Schmidt Rio-Valle, J., Garcia Caro, M.P., Montoya Juarez, R., Prados Pena, D., Munoz Vinuesa, A., Pappous, A. and Cruz Quintana, F., 2009. Bad News for the Patient and the Family? The worst part of being a health care professional. JOURNAL OF PALLIATIVE CARE, 25 (3), 191-196.
  • Caro Garcia, M.P., Schmidt Rio-Valle, J., Cruz Quintana, F., Prados Peña, D., Muñoz Vinuesa, A. and Pappous, A., 2008. Terminal illness. Death... in the words of professionals. A qualitative study based on in-depth interviews with health professionals. Revista de enfermería (Barcelona, Spain), 31 (5), 54-58.
  • Caro, G.M.P., Rio-Valle, S.J., Quintana, C.F., Peña, P.D., Vinuesa, M.A. and Pappous, A., 2008. Terminal illness, death... in the words of professionals. A qualitative study based on in-depth interviews with health professionals. Revista de enfermería (Barcelona, Spain), 31 (4), 57-62.
  • Schmidt Rio-Valle, J., Cruz Quintana, F., Villaverde Gutiérrez, C., Prados Peña, D., García Caro, M.P., Muñoz Vinuesa, A. and Pappous, A., 2006. Treatment adherence of hypertensive patients: A qualitative study. Index de Enfermeria, 15 (54).


  • Pappous, A. and Brown, C., 2018. Paralympic legacies: A critical perspective. The Palgrave Handbook of Paralympic Studies. 647-664.


  • Lorenzo-Bertheau, E., Cruz-Quintana, F., Pappous, A., Barranco-Ruiz, Y., Villa-Gonzalez, E. and Schmidt-RioValle, J., 2017. Modifications Of Negative Attitudes Toward Obesity In Pre-professionals Of Exercise Sciences. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 49 (5), 714.

Profile of Teaching PG

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Profile of Teaching UG

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  • Reawakening Sport and Community Engagement in a previous Olympic Host City: Capitalising on the Athens 2004 Olympic Volunteer Legacy 16 years on (International Olympic Committee, 01 Sep 2020). In Progress
  • Changing Perception about Disability: Paralympic Games Rio 2016. (Newton Fund - British Academy, 15 Feb 2015). Completed
  • “Attitudes of future physical education teachers on the inclusion of students with disabilities in physical education classes: A comparative study between Spain and United Kingdom” ('Real Madrid’ FC, research foundation., 16 Mar 2010). Completed
  • What about the social acceptance of disabled athletes in Europe? A Comparative analysis of the Paralympics media coverage in Germany, England, Spain, Greece and France (Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship , Contract N°: MEIF-CT-2006-042104, 6th, 28 Feb 2007). Completed