“Summertime in 1959 my father concluded primary school, left the mountain village where his family lived & moved to the closer town to work & survive. He was 12 years old & could not attend secondary education. My work on inclusion and education is respectfully dedicated to him.” Prof M. Kontopodis (from my inaugural lecture at the University of Leeds in July 2019).

Prof Michalis Kontopodis, Chair in Global Childhood & Youth Studies
Director, ICY: Inclusion, Childhood & Youth Research Centre
School of Education, University of Leeds

University Webpage and Email:
Also: michaliskonto(a)googlemail.com

Twitter: @m_kontopodis

YouTube Channel: Prof Kontopodis: Global Childhood & Youth Futures – YouTube

Overview of Citations:

General information/ background 

My background comprises psychology, anthropology and education with recent publications on media and globalisation. I joined the University of Leeds as a Professor in 2018 having held the following positions:

  • University of Sheffield, Senior Lecturer (2016-2018)
  • Roehampton University London, Senior Lecturer (2014-1016)
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands (assistant professor, 2012-2014)
  • University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (post-doc researcher, 2011-2012)
  • Humboldt University Berlin, Germany (post-doc researcher, 2007-2010)

I have also held the following visiting positions:

  • Escuela Normal del Estado, San Luis Potosi, Mexico (visiting professor, 2014)
  • Pontíficia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil (visiting professor, regularly since 2010)
  • Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Russia (visiting scholar, 2010-2012)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, India (visiting professor, 2010)
  • City University of New York, US (visiting scholar, 2009)

Before that I accomplished doctoral studies in psychology, educational science and anthropology at the Free University Berlin in Germany.

My research and writing have much to do with my own biography. I grew up on an island in Greece next to parents and neighbours who had never been able to study at university level themselves. The budget of my family could not allow me much, therefore I studied hard as to receive scholarships and public funding for studies and international youth mobility programmes. I travelled for the first time abroad with a school scholarship when I was 17 years old, and have been a first-generation student. Step by step, while being supported by very kind teachers/ professors, colleagues, family members and friends, I managed to live in different continents, learn six languages and be invited to work as a visiting scholar at a few of the world’s most renowned universities. Without a second thought, I committed myself to working on inclusion, diversity, and education.

Focusing on the possibilities offered through present-day digital media and technologies, my recent research aims to tackle educational and social inequalities and global issues associated with ecological, financial and geopolitical crises.

I value knowledge co-production in collaboration with a wide network of practitioners, NGOs, local community organisations and policy makers in diverse communities around the globe. I am fluent, teach and publish in English, German, Greek and Portuguese; I have some basic knowledge of French, Dutch and Spanish and a few publications in Russian, too (see tabs above).

I strongly believe that if we i.e., humans remember and learn from our global history of violent confrontations, discrimination & suffering, we could do everything together without that the one becomes more like the other.

Before moving to Leeds, I was Director of Internationalisation & a core member of the Centre for Critical Psychology and Education at the University of Sheffield. I am a former Secretary of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research, expert evaluator of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program of the European Union, expert evaluator of research proposals for the Danish Council for Independent Research and external advisor of the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (National Council of Scientific and Technological Development) in Brazil.

Furthermore, I am a consultant and scientific adviser on global education, intercultural dialogue as well as on teaching and learning with new media technologies (specialising in North & South Europe and Brazil).

Main book publications: 

Kontopodis, M.; Varvantakis, C. & Wulf, C. (Eds.) (2019). 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, Oxford & New York: Peter Lang.

Kontopodis, M. (2014) Neoliberalism, Pedagogy and Human Development: Exploring Time, Mediation and Collectivity in Contemporary Schools. London & New York: Routledge.

Kontopodis, M., Wulf, C. & Fichtner, Bernd. (Eds.) (2011) Children, Development and Education: Cultural, Historical, Anthropological Perspectives. New York: Springer.

Open-access publications: https://leeds.academia.edu/mkontopodis