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Maria Tsakiri
Lecturer Disability Studies & Inclusive Education
Academic Qualifications
Qualification Year Awarding Institution Department Thesis title (Optional Entry)
PhD in Social Sciences 2016 University of Stirling Faculty of Social Sciences (former School of Education) “What are you looking at? Representations of disability in documentary films.”
MA in Education & Human Rights – Inclusive Education specialisation 2004 National & Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Early Childhood Education “Representations of people with visual impairments in films”.
Ptychion – Early Years Education specialisation 2002 University of Thessaly Department of Special Education N/A
Employment History
Period of employment Employer Location Position
From To
September 2019 Date European University Cyprus Cyprus Lecturer, Disability Studies & Inclusive Education, Department of Educational Studies
September 2018 Date University of Essex - Kaplan Open Learning UK Associate Tutor in Education
September 2018 January 2020 National & Kapodistrian University of Athens Greece Visiting Teaching Fellow (Special Education & Disability Studies)
February 2017 July 2019 Frederick University  Cyprus Collaborating Academic Staff, Special Education
Year Title Other authors Journal and Publisher / Conference Vol. Pages
In press ‘Disability Film Festivals; the Spaces where Crip Killjoys Take Action.’ In Ojrzynska, K. & Wieczorek, M. (eds.) Disability and Dissent. Brill - -
2018 ‘NoBody’s perfect: charm, willfulness and resistance.’ N/A Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal 14(2) N/A
2012 Η εικόνα των αναπήρων στον κινηματογράφο Στο Ζώνιου- Σιδέρη, Α., Ντεροπούλου- Ντέρου, Ε., Παπαδοπούλου, Κ. (2012), Η έρευνα στην Ειδική Αγωγή, Ενταξιακή Εκπαίδευση και στην Αναπηρία Πεδίο - -
Research Projects
Date Title Funded by Project Role*
2018 “Defiant Lives”- Disability activism and academia The Festival of Creative Learning, University of Edinburgh. Design, Implementation, Evaluation
2017 “Justice not charity: National League of the Blind March, April 1920”. AHRC and University of Birmingham Citizen Researcher for Disability History Scotland
2017 Disability & Visual activism in Lebanon Independent Research Project Design, Implementation, Evaluation
2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival & Disability Arts Independent Research Project Design, Implementation, Evaluation
Academic Consulting Services/Councils/Boards/Editorial Committees
Period Organization Title of Position or Service Key Activities
October 2017 – to date Disability Research Network, University of Edinburgh Member Organisation of research workshops & events
October 2017 – to date The Journal of Mediterranean studies Reviewer Review of submitted papers
Awards/International Recognition
Date Title Awarded by:
2004 Scholarship from the Greek Foundation of Public Scholarships (I.K.Y), for outstanding academic performance. Greek Foundation of Public Scholarships (I.K.Y)
Other Achievements