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Dr Matej Christiaens

Liverpool Business School

Faculty of Business and Law

Dr. Matej Christiaens is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Business at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. His research focuses on sports equality for marginalized groups and the social and political dimensions of sports. Recent work focussed on the implementation of inclusion policies for disabled people in non-disabled voluntary community sports clubs, highlighting the complexities of achieving inclusivity in practice. Other work includes an investigation into the struggle for recognition of female ski jumpers, exploring the gendered dynamics of sports participation. Through his work, Dr. Christiaens contributes to broader conversations about equity and social justice in sports.


Dutch; Flemish


Coventry University, United Kingdom, Doctor of Philosophy, Strategy and Applied Management
Coventry University, United Kingdom, Master of Science, Sport Management
University Colleges Leuven-Limburg, Belgium, Postgraduate Bachelor, Advanced Business Management
University Colleges Leuven-Limburg, Belgium, Bachelor's Degree, Physical Education and Recreational Sports


Academy of Higher Education, Associate Fellowship (AFHEA)
PADI, Advanced Open Water Diver
Outdoor Rescue and Safety, NaturAction
Flemish Community, Belgium, Lifeguard

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, 2022 - present
International Mobility Lead for the School of Marketing and Management, Coventry (United Kingdom), 2020 - 2022
Lecturer, Coventry University, 2016 - 2022


Christiaens M, Brittain I, Brown C. 2023. United Kingdom: An Inclusionary Approach to Sport van Lindert C, Scheerder J, Brittain I. The Palgrave Handbook of Disability Sport in Europe Policies, Structures and Participation Springer Nature 9783031217593 DOI Publisher Url

Brittain I, Christiaens M. 2022. Sport, Disability, and Inclusion Wenner L. The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Society :867-888 Oxford University Press 9780197519042 DOI Publisher Url Public Url


Nolan S, Faulkner C, Christiaens M, Hindmarsh M. 2023. 2022 Grand National Economic Impact Report Public Url

Journal article

Christiaens M, Brittain I. The complexities of implementing inclusion policies for disabled people in UK non-disabled voluntary community sports clubs European Sport Management Quarterly, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Media Coverage:

Interview for a Disability Sport Info by Dr Chris Brown. In this interview, I talk about disability sport policy which draws on my PhD and journal publication. 2022