Researcher biography

Pouria completed a Master of Philosophy (applied psychology in sports coaching) at The University of Queensland in 2016. The main focus of his MPhil research was on players’ motivation within the framework of self-determination theory (SDT), and autonomy-supportive learning environment in football. Following graduation, Pouria commenced his PhD in shared leadership within elite Australian sport teams. Pouria is research sub-committee of the Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and coaching in elite Australian football level as head coach. 

Research interests

Sports coaching

Project title

An examination of shared leadership within athlete leasders in elite Australian sporting teams


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