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I joined UEA's School of Education and Lifelong Learning in 2013 in order to lead its expanding postgraduate studies suite and develop research in the area of sociology of educational and youth studies. Before coming to UEA, I held positions at Middlesex University (Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer), Birmingham City University (Visiting Lecturer), University of East London (research associate and then research fellow) and led two modules at UCL Institute of Education. 

Before joining academia, I interned at the Ministry of Justice, London, taught at various independent primary and secondary schools in London and worked as a consultant for a German-based company offering evaluation, assessment and advice to multinational enterprises in the UK. 

I have won a number of competitive awards of national (e.g. 1+3 ESRC-funded scholarship), international (e.g. Marie Curie fellowship, jointly funded by the EU and the Central European University) and cross-national distinction (e.g. fellowship sponsored by the Universities of Lecce, Italy, and Ioannina, Greece). I have designed and delivered workshops, developed resources and participated in international projects and events aiming to explore the role of critical education in educational and social change. 

My current research interests focus on youth activism and social movements as well as educational inequalities in comparative perspective.


Key Responsibilities

  • UEA Aurora lead for Culture: Diversity and Identity
  • Course Director of the MA in Education: Learning, Pedagogy and Assessment
  • Internationalisation Coordinator
  • SeNSS Pathway Institutional Leader for Education

Teaching Interests

EDUE7030A-Pedagogies in Global Educational Contexts. Core module for the MA Learning, Pedagogy and Assessment.

EDUE7035- Critical Reading. Core module for the MA Education.

Key Research Interests

The research I conduct is interdisciplinary and multilingual (i.e. in English, Greek, Spanish and Portuguese). My expertise is in critical pedagogy/education, youth and social movements, social mobility/inequalities, Gypsy/Roma/Travellers and inclusion. My methodological expertise is in mixed methods, ethnography, participatory research and research (synthesis) evaluation. Some competitive research projects I have won or participated include:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Master of Research, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Master of Science, University of Bristol

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Bachelor of Science, University of Ioannina

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999


  • Education (General)
  • critical education
  • critical pedagogy
  • sociology of education
  • Social Work & Sociology
  • social class
  • ethnicity
  • inequalities
  • minorities
  • Social Sciences (General)
  • youth movements
  • social movements
  • Higher Education
  • comparative education
  • international education

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