Carla Filomena Silva, PhD

Carla Filomena Silva

Assistant Professor

Room 345, HSB
519 661-2111, 86680


  • PhD (Loughborough University, UK)
  • MSc (Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium)
  • BSc (Technical University of Lisbon)
  • BA (University of Lisbon)

Academic Appointments

  • School fo Health Studies
  • School of Kinesiology

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Capabilities approach as a tool for exploring social justice
  • Disability sport
  • Qualitative methods
  • Social cultural exploration of different bodies
  • Philosophy and disablement
  • Intellectual empathy and health studies

Additional Information

Research Projects

Recent Projects

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council – UK ‘Re-presenting para-sport bodies: Disability and the cultural legacy of the Paralympics’ (PI M. Silk; Co-holders C.E.M Hodges, R. Scullion, R. Rich, P. Howe, L. Misener, D. Jackson, C.F Silva, and K. D.Stutterheim Feb 2017 – Aug 2019 £694,576.

Ongoing Projects

  • Special Olympics Canada – ‘A Cultural Analysis of Parenting of Special Olympians in a Canadian Community’ (PI P. D. Howe; Co-holder C. F. Silva) $15,000

Featured Publications

A comprehensive list of publications is available through Google Scholar.

  • Silva, C. F. and Howe, P. D. (2019). Sliding to Reverse Ableism: An Ethnographic of (Dis)ability in Sitting Volleyball. Societies 2019, 9, 41; http://doi:10.3390/soc9020041
  • Howe, P. D and Silva, C. F. (2018). The fiddle of using the Paralympic Games as a vehicle for expanding [dis]ability sport participation. Sport and Society: Culture, Commerce, Media, Politics. Vol. 21(1) 125-136.
  • Silva, C. F. and Howe, P. D. (2018) The Social Empowerment of Difference: The Potential Influence of Parasport. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America. Vol. 29(2): 397-408.
  • Silva, C. F. (2017). On the Way to Rio 2016: Coaching Paralympic Volleyball in Brazil. In: Kohe, G. & D.M. Peters, ed. High Performance Disability Sport Coaching. London: Routledge
  • Silva, C. F. and Howe, P. D. (2012). The [In]Validity of Supercrip Representation of Paralympic athletes. Journal for Sport and Social Issues. Vol. 36 (2) 174-194.
  • Silva, C. F. and Howe, P. D. (2012). Difference, Adapted Physical Activity and Human Development: Potential Contribution of Capabilities Approach. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. Vol. 29 (1) 25-43.