Prof. Michalis Kontopodis
- Position: Chair in Global Childhood and Youth Studies
- Areas of expertise: child development in diverse cultural contexts; children's rights & wellbeing; youth poverty & marginalisation; social media & global citizenship education.
- Email: M.Kontopodis@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 6997
- Location: 1.07a Hillary Place
- Website: Global :: Youth :: Crises :: Hope | Twitter | LinkedIn | Googlescholar | Researchgate | ORCID
Prof. Michalis Kontopodis is a Chair in Global Childhood and Youth Studies and Director of the Research Centre in Childhood, Education and Social Justice at the University of Leeds. His background comprises psychology, anthropology and education with recent publications on media and globalisation. He accomplished his PhD in 2007 at the Free University Berlin and held the following positions before moving to the University of Leeds in 2018:
2016-2018: Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield, UK
2014-2016: Senior Lecturer, Roehampton University London, UK
2013-2014: Assistant Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
2011-2012: Post-Doc Researcher, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007-2010: Post-Doc Researcher, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
His visiting scholarships include a few of the most highly-ranked universities around the globe: Pontíficia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil; Escuela Normal del Estado, Mexico; Jawaharlal Nehru University, India; Moscow State University of Psychology & Education and City University of New York, US.
- Director, Research Centre Childhood, Education and Social Justice
- Member of Editorial Board: Current Anthropology; European Journal of Psychology & Education
- Founding Editor: Peter Lang International Book Series: (Post-)Critical Global Studies
Prof. Kontopodis's written work has been published in 6 languages. In a long list of books, edited volumes and jourmal articles he has explored differences and similarities in the everyday lives of children and young people around the globe. In collaboration with a wide network of academics, practitioners, NGOs, community organisations and policy makers, Prof. Kontopodis conducts high-impact research on inclusive and equitable quality education and children's well-being in a global perspective. His scholarship is at the frontier of Global Childhood and Youth Studies with three foci: (a) addressing challenges related to global debt, poverty and marginalisation; (b) innovating pedagogies with new media and digital technologies; (c) deciphering the multiple links between child health, ecology and body pedagogies.
Recent projects include:
Makerspaces in the Early Years: Enhancing Digital Literacy & Creativity. EU Marie Curie RISE. (PI: Prof. Jackie Marsh, University of Sheffield, 2017-2019).
Imagens, Tecnologias e Infâncias/ Images, Technologies & Childhoods. Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, Brazil. External Advisor/ Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (2015-2017).
Semiótica da Cultura e da Mídia/ Semiotics of Culture & Media. Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, Brazil. External Advisor/ Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. (2014-2016)
PI: Global Perspectives on Learning & Development with Digital Video-Editing Media. EU Marie Curie IRSES/ RISE. In collaboration with: University of Crete; Free University Berlin; UCL Institute of Education; Pontíficia Universidade Católica de São Paulo; Jawaharlal Nehru University & Moscow State University (2012–2014).
Book publications include:
Kontopodis, M. (2014). Neoliberalism, Pedagogy and Human Development: London and New York: Routledge.
Kontopodis, M.; Varvantakis, C. & Wulf, C. (Eds) (2017). Global Youth in Digital Trajectories. London: Routledge.
Kontopodis, M.; Magalhães, M.C. & Coracini, M.J. (Eds) (2016). Facing Poverty and Marginalization: 50 Years of Critical Research in Brazil. Bern: Peter Lang.
Kontopodis, M.; Wulf, C. & Fichtner, B. (Eds) (2011). Children, Development and Education: Cultural, Historical, Anthropological Perspectives. Dordrecht & New York: Springer.
Kontopodis, M. & Niewöhner, J. (Eds) (2010). Das Selbst als Netzwerk: Zum Einsatz von Körpern und Dingen im Alltag (The Self as Network: On the Employment of Bodies and Things in the Everyday). Bielefeld: transcript.
Kontopodis, M. (Ed) (2009). Children, Culture & Emerging Educational Challenges: A Dialogue with Brazil. Berlin: Lehmanns Media.
Open access & overview of publications in English, German, Portuguese, French, Greek & Russian: https://mkontopodis.wordpress.com/<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- British Educational Research Association
- German Society for Educational Science/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft
- International Society for Cultural-historical Activity Research (Former Secretary)
Prof. Michalis Kontopodis is co-leading a variety of modules on global childhood and youth studies across BA and MA programmes. He welcomes potential PhD students interested in childhood and youth, media and/or global education to contact him directly as to discuss their ideas and research proposals (spoken languages: English, German, French, Greek, Portuguese & Spanish).
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for Digital Learning
- Centre for Childhood, Education and Social Justice
- Centre for Global Development
- Leeds Social Science Institute