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Eleni Theodorou

Eleni Theodorou

Associate Professor, Social Foundations of Education


School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences

Department of Education Sciences

Academic Qualifications

Qualification Year Awarding Institution Department
Ph. D. in Social Foundations of Education 2008 University of Virginia, Charlottesville Department of Leadership, Foundations and Policy
M. Ed. in Social Foundations 2005 University of Virginia, Charlottesville Department of Leadership, Foundations and Policy
B.A. in Primary Education (With Honors) 2002 University of Cyprus, Nicosia Department of Education Sciences
2000 Socrates-Erasmus exchange student Fall 2000 University of Linköping, Sweden Faculty of Educational Sciences

Employment History

Period of employment Employer Location Position
From To
2014 today European University Cyprus Cyprus Assistant Professor, School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
2009 2013 European University Cyprus Cyprus Lecturer, School of Arts and Education Sciences
2008 University of Virginia Charlottesville Instructor, School of Continuing and Professional Studies


Year Title Other authors Journal and Publisher / Conference Vol. Pages
2019  Collapsing the supranational and the national: from citizenship to health education in the Republic of Cyprus. Philippou, S. In A. Rapoport (Ed.),Competing Frameworks: Global and National in Citizenship Education Charlotte, NC: Information Age. 95-114
2019 Politics and the interview: unraveling immigrant children’s narrations and identity performances. Kontovourki, S. In S. Spyrou, R. Rosen, and D. Cook (Eds) Reimagining Childhood Studies. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 153-166
2018 Re-forming curriculum towards a ‘democratic socially responsible citizen’ in Greek-Cypriot Education: At the nexus of European and Intercultural Education discourses. Philippou, S. In N. Palaiologou & M. Zembylas (eds), Human Rights Education and Citizenship Education: Intercultural Perspectives within an international context. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
2018 “‘All we need is love (and money)!’ What do higher education students want from their families?” Lamprianou, I., Symeou, L. Research Papers in Education,  
2018 “Curriculum making as professionalism-in-context: the cases of two elementary school teachers amidst curriculum change in Cyprus” Kontovourki, S., Philippou, S. Curriculum Journal, 29(2) 257-276
2017 “Has Family Involvement Migrated into Higher Education? How the administrative staff documents the phenomenon in students' university experience in Cyprus” Symeou, L., Lamprianou, I., Rentzou, K., Andreou, P. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 27(1) 78-99
2017 “iConstruct: virtual disabilities in online settings” Mavrou, K. Disability & Society, 32(4) 542-564
2017 “Caught between Worlds of Expertise: Primary Teachers amidst Official Curriculum Development Processes in Cyprus” Philippou, S., Kontovourki, S. Curriculum Inquiry, 4(2) 217-240
2015 “Governing teachers: professional development and curriculum reform in Cyprus” Kontovourki, S., Philippou, S. In H.-G. Kothoff & E. Klerides (Eds.),  Governing Educational Spaces: Knowledge, Teaching, and Learning in Transition, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers 107-126
2014 “Constructing the ‘Other’: Politics and Policies of Intercultural Education in Cyprus” L. Vega (Ed.), Empires, Post-Coloniality and Interculturality, Comparative and Education Society in Europe Series, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers 251-272


Research Projects

Date Title Funded by Project Role*
2016-2020 Valuing the past, sustaining the future: Education, knowledge and identity across  three generations in coastal communities Norwegian Research  Council EUC team member
2017-2019 SIDE- Supporting Innovative models for Deaf youth Empowerment European Commission, Erasmus+-KA2, project number 2016-3-AT02-KA205-001739 EUC team member
2016-2018 Storying the teaching profession ‘from below’ and amidst change: a study of four cohorts of elementary teachers’ life histories in the Republic of Cyprus (late 1970s-2010s) Internal Research Projects Leventis Foundation Funding Scheme, University of Cyprus Member of scientific team as external research collaborator
2016-2018 BONDS - Booster the emotional dimension of social inclusion for immigrant mothers and children European Commission, Erasmus+ KA201, project number 2016-1-EL01-KA2004-023586 EUC member team
2015-2018 Equity and Social Inclusion through Positive Parenting (ESIPP) European Commission, Erasmus+, Key Action 2, 2015-1-UK01-KA204-013397 EUC lead member
2013-2015 Family involvement in higher education Internal Research Projects, Research Committee, University of Cyprus Member of scientific team as external research collaborator

Academic Consulting Services/Councils/Boards/Editorial Committees

Period Organization Title of Position or Service Key Activities
2013-2018 Special Interest Group “Interculturalism, Social Justice and Education”, Cyprus Pedagogical Association Co-coordinator (with Ch. Chadjisoteriou (2013-2016)  & Eugenia Partasi (2016-2018)) Founding member of the SIG, coordination and organization of the SIG’s annual activities (seminars, workshops etc.)
2011-2013 Association of Historical Dialogue and Research Board Member Responsible of research projects and issues of the Association

Awards/International Recognition

Date Title Awarded by:
2011 Ranked among the top four research projects for the 2011 ‘David A. Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’ with the project Parents’ involvement in their children’s Higher education: A comparative study between a public and a private university in Cyprus (submitted with L. Symeou)
2005-2008 Doctoral Scholarship Award University of Virginia
2006-2008 Summer Fellowship Award University of Virginia
2007 Doctoral Research Award in Education Science Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), University of Virginia
2004-2005 Fulbright Scholarship Award CASP Cyprus Fulbright Commission, Cyprus
2002 Award of Excellent Academic Performance University of Cyprus

Other Achievements