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Dr. Leda Kamenopoulou is a Senior Lecturer in Special and Inclusive Education and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.

Leda initially trained as a teacher of Classics at the University of Athens, Greece. After completing a Master's degree in Special Educational Needs at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, she obtained a PhD on SEN and Inclusion from the Institute of Education, University of London. Her doctoral thesis focused on the social outcomes of inclusive education for young people with a dual sensory impairment.

Leda has worked as a researcher and a visiting lecturer in UK and overseas Universities. Her research expertise is in systematic literature reviews, qualitative, mixed methods and evaluation research designs, and participatory research with vulnerable groups. 

Between 2011 and 2016, Leda was the Academic Coordinator (Programme Convener) of the Erasmus Mundus MA/Mgr. Special and Inclusive Education, an international collaboration between Roehampton, Oslo and Charles Universities, funded by Erasmus+. Leda's current research activities are centred on the preparation of teachers for inclusive education in diferent contexts. 

Leda is member of the Centre for Research in Inequalities, Societies and Education (RISE,, academic member of Atiner and Associate Editor of the IAFOR Journal of Education's Special Issue on Inclusive Education

Leda is fluent in English and Spanish, she can communicate well in French, and her native language is Greek.

Research projects

2017-20: Co-PI for 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), funded by Erasmus+. 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)
2010-11: Lead researcher for the 'Kidstime workshops evaluation' -funded by City Bridge Trust and led by the Anna Freud Centre; Lead researcher for 'Targeted mental health in schools (TaMHS) in Camden evaluation research' -a collaboration between AFC and the Tavistock.
2009: Researcher for 'Mobility21 Project' - joint project between the Institute of Education (IoE), University of London (UCL) and Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
2008: Researcher for project 'Independent learning strategies for pupils with visual impairment and pupils with dyslexia', funded by the RNIB and Dyslexia Action, and led by the IoE, UCL. 
2005-9: PhD research, title of thesis: 'Social inclusion of deafblind young people: exploring peer interactions and relationships in mainstream secondary schools', IoE, UCL, funded by the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece (IKY). 

Research interests

Emotional, social and mental health needs 

Sensory and multi sensory needs

Participatory research with children and young people

Inclusive education in global South contexts

Teacher preparation for inclusive education 



Psychological and sociological perspectives of SEN/D and inclusive education; social and emotional dimensions of leanring; sensory and multi-sensory impairment, research methods in education and inclusion


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