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20052021

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Qualifications

BA, QTS, MEd, PhD, FHEA

Biography

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 National University of Athens, Greece. She holds a Master's degree in Special Educational Needs from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D. 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 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 is member of the Centre for Research in Inequalities, Societies and Education (RISE, https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/research-centres/research-in-inequalities-societies-and-education/), 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 quite well in French, and her 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

Leda is 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 (SEN020L012S)
  • Perspectives and Issues in Inclusive Education (SEN020L007A)
  • Social and Emotional Dimensions of Education and Wellbeing (SEN020L016S)

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