Keith Davids

Professor Davids is a world-class applied scientist (H-index: 59) who has extensively researched into the psychological aspects of performance, learning, training, and participation in sport, physical activity and exercise, studying human behaviours from elite to sub-elite and recreational level participation. He has researched extensively on the self-regulation of behaviour from an ecological perspective, publishing over 400 peer-reviewed papers in journals with high impact factors and 13 books.

He has over 35 years experience of teaching and conducting research with collaborators in Portugal, France, Australia, Germany, UK, New Zealand, Finland, Norway and Sweden in related fields like Sports Science, Psychology, Behavioural Neuroscience, Physical Education, and Human Movement Science. He has held positions of academic leadership in the UK, Finland (University of Jyvaskyla, Finnish Distinguished Professor), New Zealand (University of Otago), Australia (Queensland University of Technology), and Norway (NTNU, Trondheim, Adjunct Professor).

His most long-standing and productive research collaboration has been with Professor Araújo and colleagues at FMH since 1997, resulting in over 12 PhD programmes being co-supervised and over 100 research papers being published as a result.

CV: https://www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/staff-profiles/keith-davids

Chris Button

Chris Button has been the Dean of the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science since 2017. Chris gained his PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000, before working at Edinburgh University in Scotland. Chris moved to New Zealand in 2003. Previous roles at Otago have included the Director of the Human Performance Centre and the Co-Director of the Lifestyles in NZ research group. As well as carrying out teaching and research, Chris has provided consultancy with several organisations providing advice on Motor Development and Skill Acquisition to the likes of NZ Ministry of Health, Water Safety NZ, Netball NZ, NZ Football, and the Boston Celtics (NBA). Chris is an Executive Committee member of the Australasian Skill Acquisition Network. He is also a Section Editor of NZ Journal of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Chris lives in Carey’s Bay, with his wife Angela and daughter Melanie. In his free time Chris coaches and plays football, he also enjoys outdoor pursuits like tramping and skiing. A keen advocate of active transport, Chris likes to cycle to and from work along the beautiful Otago Peninsula.”

Source: University of Otago

Jia Yi Chow

Jia Yi is currently the Associate Dean (Programme & Student Development) with the Office of Teacher Education (OTE) at National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. He graduated from the School of Physical Education (SPE) and is a teacher by training. Jia Yi taught for a few years in a Singapore school before returning to Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS) Academic Group as a lecturer. Jia Yi undertook further postgraduate study and obtained his PhD in the area of Motor Control and Learning with the University of Otago, New Zealand from an Overseas Graduate Scholarship (OGS) awarded by NIE. His research interests includes examining multi-articular coordination, visual perception in sports expertise and in a pedagogical approach (Nonlinear Pedagogy) where the focus is on exploring individualised movement solutions to support nonlinearity in learning. For his excellence in teaching, Jia Yi was inducted as a Fellow to the NTU Teaching Excellence Academy in 2018 and was accorded the NTU Educator of the Year in 2019.

Ludovic Seifert

Ludovic Seifert is Professor at the Faculty of Sport Sciences at University of Rouen Normandy in France. He conducts his research in the field of Motor Learning and Motor Control following Ecological Dynamics framework. His main research topics relate to expertise in sport, movement variability, skill transfer and dynamics of learning. He published over 150 articles, book chapters and conference communications in the field of Motor Learning and Motor Control. He is the representative of the e-lab entitled “Ecological Dynamics & Sport Performance” (http://eecod2014.wix.com/e-ecod), which is part of UniTwin Digital Campus & Complex System (DC & SC) program supported by UNESCO (http://unitwin-cs.org). He is also the vice dean of the CETAPS lab at the University of Rouen Normandy and head of the Master degree “Sport Performance Analysis & Big Data”. He works closely with professional clubs and several sport federations such as French Federation of Swimming, Climbing & Mountaineering, Ice Hockey and Rugby. Finally, he is swimming instructor and Mountain Guide certified by IFMGA and now investigates expertise and motor learning of visual-motor skills in climbing.

Nelson Caldeira

Graduated in Sports Science with a master's degree in High Performance Training and a UEFA PRO coach license, he has more than 25 years of experience in "professional football", where he achieved national titles in two countries and had the opportunity to play in the UEFA Champions League on several occasions.


Ian Renshaw

Associate Professor at Faculty of Health, School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences within Queensland University of Technology (Australia). He is a former Physical Education teacher and holds a PhD in Constraints on Interceptive Actions in Cricket at University of Auckland. His main streams of research are sports coaching and skill acquisition in different sports, with several research papers, books, and chapters published.

He also has provided consultancy services to a wide range of national and regional sports organisations across the world such as the AFL Coaching Team, the Canadian Women’s National Football team, and the English Cricket Board Coaching Team.


Richard Shuttleworth

Freelance in performance and coaching development and is Director of Sport at TTS in Singapore. He was formerly Professional Coach Development Manager for England Rugby supporting Senior England Coaches at 2019 Rugby World Cup. Richard was part of several successful England U20 Junior World Cup winning campaigns in 2013, 2014, and 2016. He mentored England National Performance Pathway coaches through England U16, 18, 20 to Seniors including Premiership Academies and clubs. Previously, he also worked as Skills Acquisition Specialist at the Australian Institute of Sport across several sports and spanning the Beijing and London Olympics.

Richard is passionate about rugby union and has experience as former representative player in New Zealand, Australia, and Hong Kong including having coached Premiership rugby in New Zealand and Australia. Richard has a PhD in skilled performance and decision making in elite Rugby Union.


Bruno Travassos

PhD in Human Kinetics - Sport Sciences at FMH-ULisboa and Assistant Professor with Habilitation at University of Beira Interior (UBI). He is the director of the MSc at UBI and coordinator of the CreativeLab Group of the Research Center for Sports, Health and Human Development (CIDESD). His research activity is mainly focused on decision-making, representative design of practice tasks, and performance analysis in team sports, having published several papers in peer-review journals, books, and book chapters.

He participates in different research and consultant projects in high-level clubs and at the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), where he works as a sport scientist for the Futsal National Team and participates in several futsal and football coaching courses. He also holds a Futsal Coach Level III certificate from FPF.

Natàlia Balagué

Natàlia Balagué is professor of Exercise Physiology in INEFC, University of Barcelona, and coordinator of the Complex Systems in Sport Research Group. She applies complex systems tools to bio-behavioural sciences with particular focus on sport related phenomena.

Her aim is to understand the general principles of adaptive behavioral and experiential dynamics of human beings.

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