Dr Michalis Kontopodis
Dr Michalis Kontopodis joined the School of Education as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology & Education in 2016. His research explores the differences and similarities in the everyday lives of today’s young people in a variety of off-/ online, urban or countryside, educational and community settings around the globe. Located in places as diverse as Athens, Berlin, Porto Alegre and the indigenous Amazon his research aims to tackle educational and social inequalities and global issues associated with today’s ecological, financial and geopolitical crises. His various projects have led to a long list of publications in English, German, French, Portuguese and Russian including the book “Neoliberalism, Pedagogy & Human Development” (Routledge) as well as the co-edited volumes: “Facing Poverty & Marginalization: 50 Years of Critical Research in Brazil” (Peter Lang) and “Children, Development and Education” (Springer).
Leading Positions & Memberships
Dr Michalis Kontopodis is the Director of Internationalisation of the School of Education, fellow of the Higher Education Academy, core member of the Sheffield Centre for Critical Psychology and Education, fellow of the Sheffield Institute for International Development and member of the steering committee of the Sheffield Digital Society Network.He has served as an expert evaluator of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program of the European Union, the Danish Council for Independent Research, and the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (National Council of Scientific and Technological Development) in Brazil. He was the Secretary of the International Society for Cultural-historical & Activity Research from 2008 to 2011 and is a member of the British Educational Research Association and the German Society for Educational Science/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft. Dr Kontopodis is co-editor of Outlines: Critical Practice Studies as well as member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Psychology & Education and of the Brazilian academic journal Educação em Foco.
Michalis Kontopodis accomplished his PhD in 2007 at the Free University Berlin and has since then held the following positions:
Dr Michalis Kontopodis welcomes potential PhD students interested in youth studies, critical psychology, global education and/or media research to contact him and discuss their ideas and research proposals.
Principal Coordinator: EU Marie Curie IRSES/ RISE: Global Perspectives on Learning & Development with Digital Video-Editing Media (Free University Berlin, Germany; University of Crete, Greece; UCL Institute of Education, UK; Pontíficia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil; Jawaharlal Nehru University, India & Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Russia; total budget €220.000, 2012–2014). Findings: “Global Youth in Digital Trajectories” (Routledge, 2017).
External Consultant: BA Education Studies Programme, Edge Hill University (2015/2016)
External Advisor of Research Group “Imagens, Tecnologias e Infâncias” Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo & Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (National Council of Scientific and Technological Development, since September 2015)
External Expert: New Module Scrutiny, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA Programme, Institute of Education, University College London (February, 2016).
External Advisor of “Centro Interdisciplinar de Semiótica da Cultura e da Mídia”, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo & Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (National Council of Scientific and Technological Development, since September 2014)
External Investigator/ Consultant: Countryside Education and Sustainable Development in Espírito Santo, Brazil by the Secretary of Continuous Education, Alphabetization, Diversity and Inclusion & Faculty of Education, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil: February 2010 – June 2013 (travel expenses/ visiting fellowships).
International Symposium Chair – Funded by the German Research Foundation: Practice: Life: Multiplicity. Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany: July 9-11, 2009 (total budget €15000 by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research & German Research Foundation, in collaboration with Prof. S. Beck.).
Kontopodis, Michalis (hardcover: 2012, paperback: 2014). Neoliberalism, Pedagogy and Human Development: Exploring Time, Mediation and Collectivity in Contemporary Schools. London and New York: Routledge – Taylor & Francis. (138 pages, ISBN13: 978-0-415-51676-1)
Kontopodis, M.; Varvantakis, C. & Wulf, C. (Eds) (2017). Global Youth in Digital Trajectories. London: Routledge.
Kontopodis, M.; Magalhães, M.C. & Coracini, M.J. (Eds) (2016). Facing Poverty and Marginalization: 50 Years of Critical Research in Brazil. Bern, Oxford & New York: Peter Lang.
Kontopodis, Michalis; Wulf, Christoph & Fichtner, Bernd (Eds) (2011). Children, Development and Education: Cultural, Historical, Anthropological Perspectives. New York: Springer. (261 pages, ISBN: 978-94-007-0242-4)
Kontopodis, Michalis & Niewöhner, Jörg (Eds) (2010). Das Selbst als Netzwerk: Zum Einsatz von Körpern und Dingen im Alltag (The Self as Network: On the Employment of Bodies and Things in the Everyday). Bielefeld: transcript (226 pages, ISBN: 978-3-8376-1599-9).
Kontopodis, Michalis (Ed) (2009). Children, Culture & Emerging Educational Challenges: A Dialogue with Brazil. Berlin: Lehmanns Media (199 pages, ISBN: 978-3-86541-355-0).