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Dr Leda Kamenopoulou
Room 207
Woburn Square 26
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology and Human Development, where I mainly teach on postgraduate programmes and supervise master's and doctoral students. I am also the Departmental Ethics Coordinator. 

My work is underpinned by the belief that inclusion in education is a means to a democratic society and that equity and justice in education can be achieved if promises and rhetoric are put into action at both the collective and individual levels. In my teaching and research, I explore current debates and dilemmas that the global community faces as it strives to meet Sustainable Development Goal 4, which calls for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education for all by 2030.

I hold a Ph.D. on Multisensory Impairment (deafblindness) and Inclusive Education from the UCL Institute of Education (2009), a M.Ed. Special Educational Needs from the University of Bristol (2004) and a BA in Classics from the University of Athens (2002). Before joining IOE UCL, I worked for 15 years as a lecturer and researcher in UK Higher Education.


My native language is Greek, but right now I am probably more fluent in English and Spanish. I can communicate well in French. I am also a qualified intervener for MSI (deafblindness). 

Research Summary

I am fascinated by how inclusive education is understood and translated in different contexts. 

My research has two strands: a) the inclusion of learners with multi-sensory impairment and complex needs, and b) inclusion and disability in Southern contexts, with a particular focus on decolonising approaches and methodologies. I have also conducted research on teacher preparation for inclusive education.

I particularly welcome applications from prospective doctoral students interested to explore topics relevant to any of these themes.

I have published my work in high quality international journals, including the ‘International Journal of Inclusive Education’ and the journal 'Disability and the Global South'. I have edited the book 'Inclusive Education and Disability in the global South: Research from Bhutan, Belize, Malaysia and the Philippines' (2018, Springer International) and I am currently writing a monograph on the inclusion of learners with Multi-sensory Impairment (MSI) (forthcoming 2022, Open University Press). 

I have held various roles as guest editor, associate editor and editorial board member for academic journals in my field, and since 2021, I am member of the editorial board for the journal Disability and the Global South

Teaching Summary

At the UCL IOE, Department of Psychology and Human Development, I work primarily with the MA Special and Inclusive Education (MASIE) programme, where I lead the compulsory module 'Concepts & Contexts of Special and Inclusive Education' (PHDE0061) and teach on the module 'Research Design and Methodology' (PHDE0039). I moreover teach on the Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight Graduate Diploma and contribute to the MSc Child Development (module 'Cognitive Development in Typical and Atypical populations', PHDE0017). I also supervise students on taught postgraduate and research programmes, including the Doctorate in Professional Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology.

I was External Examiner for postgraduate courses taught at the University of Birmingham (2018-22) and I am currently EE for the Education MA in Sussex University (2021-25). 

01-SEP-2013 – 30-SEP-2021 Senior Lecturer School of Education University of Roehampton, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2011 – 30-SEP-2013 Lecturer School of Education University of Roehampton, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2009 – 30-DEC-2010 Research Fellow and Qualitative Research Advisor Evidence-Based Practice Unit (EBPU) UCL & Anna Freud Centre, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2008 – 30-NOV-2009 Research Assistant Psychology & Human Development UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2005 – 30-AUG-2011 Seminar leader and visiting lecturer Psychology & Human Development UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2009   Psychology, Inclusive Education, Special Educational needs and disabilities UCL Institue of Education
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