Leda Kamenopoulou
20052021

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Qualifications

BA, QTS, MEd, PhD, FHEA

Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Special and Inclusive Education and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy with over 15 years of experience in UK Higher Education. I initially trained as a teacher of Classics at the National University of Athens, Greece. I hold a Master's degree in Special Educational Needs from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D. on Psychology and Special Educational Needs/Disabilities from University College London, Institute of Education. My doctoral thesis focused on the social outcomes of inclusive education for young people with a dual sensory impairment.

My research focuses on learners with multi-sensory and complext needs, the preparation of teachers for inclusive education, and how inclusive education is conceptualised and operationalised in Southern contexts. I have particular expertise in literature reviews, qualitative, mixed methods and evaluation research designs, and research with vulnerable groups. 

At the University of Roehampton, I mainly lecture on post-graduate courses on Inclusive Education, SEN/D and Research Methods, and I supervise doctoral students researching inclusion and exclusion in education. I am also the School of Education's Lead Ethics representative. Previously, I have held the role of academic coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus MA/Mgr. Special and Inclusive Education, an international collaboration between Roehampton, Oslo and Charles Universities, funded by Erasmus+ for 5 years.

I moreover currently hold various external roles, including Member of Editorial Board for Disability and the Global South Journal, Associate Editor for IAFOR Journal of Education's special issue on Inclusive Education; External Examiner for Dubai and UK based MA Inclusion and SEN and MA Education (Inclusion & Disability pathway) for University of Birmingham.

I am fluent in English and Spanish, I can communicate quite well in French, and my native language is Greek. 

Research projects

2020-23: Co-Investigator for Erasmus+ ATTAIN (Accreditation and Training of Teacher Assistants in Bhutanese Schools). This project is funded for 3 years (2020-23) and is the first of its kind in Bhutan, a country about to start employing teaching assistants in schools with Special Educational Needs (SEN). The project will develop a training programme for support staff. Once piloted and evaluated, this training programme will be offered as a regular course at the Royal University of Bhutan.
2017-20: Co-Investigator for Erasmus+ PrECIVIM (Promoting Effective Communication for Individuals with a Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities) Project, with (lead) University of Thessaly (Greece) and Babes-Bolyai University (Romania). For more information, see the project website
2014-16: PI for Inclusive and Special Needs Education in South America: A case study (funded by Santander Overseas Research/Travel grant and CIRSIE/RU).
2005-09: Doctoral research, title of Ph.D. thesis: 'Social inclusion of deafblind young people: exploring peer interactions and relationships in mainstream secondary schools', IoE, UCL, fully funded by the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece (IKY). 

Research interests

I am interested in proposals from prospective doctoral students on the following topics: sensory, multi-sensory and complex needs; emotional, social and mental health needs; inclusive education in global South contexts; teacher training and preparation for inclusive education. 

Current Ph.D. students: 

  1. Katie Brown: The Lived Experiences of Higher Education Students with Dyspraxia. 
  2. Emily Rotchell: An exploration of maps and accessibility/inclusion in primary schools.
  3. Nizamettin Akbulut: Teaching students with visual impairments in inclusive classrooms in Turkey and England. 
  4. Kenan Çetinel: The role of music on the capacity for empathy of individuals on the autistic spectrum.
  5. Holly Meneer: The Impact of Fieldwork in GCSE Geography on the Cognitive and Affective Domains.
  6. Kalliopi Kritsotaki: Digital stroytelling: an educational tool for enhancing dyslexic children's writing skills, critical and cutlrual learning based on Green's 3D model. 

Teaching

  • Introduction to Research Design (SRM020L008A)
  • Learners with sensory and multi-sensory needs (SEN020L014H)
  • Perspectives and Issues in Inclusive Education (SEN020L007A)
  • Social and Emotional Dimensions of Education and Wellbeing (SEN020L016S)

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