Prof. Michalis Kontopodis

Prof. Michalis Kontopodis


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.

He accomplished his PhD in 2007 at the Free University Berlin. He held the following positions before moving to the University of Leeds in 2018: 

2016-2018: Senior Lecturer, Sheffield University

2014-2016: Senior Lecturer, Roehampton University London

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 some of the most highly-ranked universities around the globe: 

Pontíficia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil; Escuela Normal del Estado, San Luis Potosi, 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

Research interests

Prof. Kontopodis' written work has been published in 6 languages. His academic outputs include a long list of books, edited volumes and jourmal articles. These explore differences and similarities in the everyday lives of children and young people around the globe. His scholarship is at the frontier of Global Childhood and Youth Studies with three foci: (a) addressing challenges related to global debt and marginalisation; (b) innovating pedagogies with new media and digital technologies; (c) deciphering the multiple links between child health and body pedagogies. His research moves across disciplines and aims to tackle global issues associated with the ecological, financial and geopolitical crises currently facing children and young people. 

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.

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Professional memberships

  • British Educational Research Association
  • German Society for Educational Science/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft
  • International Society for Cultural-historical Activity Research (Former Secretary)

Student education

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 studies, 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
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