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Mr Giannis Efthymiou

Mr Giannis Efthymiou
Lecturer in Education


Giannis S. Efthymiou is a Lecturer in Education with teaching responsibilities at the Primary PGCE Programme. Prior to joining higher education Giannis was a primary school teacher and leader at primary schools in London having had a range of leadership responsibilities. He has led and coordinated professional development projects for teachers across Europe through a range of funded opportunities from the British Council and Erasmus. He completed his undergraduate degree in Primary Education at the University of Patras, Greece. Prior to joining Brunel in September 2021, Giannis was a Lecturer at the University of Cumbria where he was the cohort lead of the BA in Primary Education with QTS programme and was also responsible for teaching in the MA modules of the primary PGCE programme. He has also been a tutor at the MA in Education and International Development at the UCL Institute of Education. 

Giannis is currently at the final stages of his doctoral research in Global Learning at the Development Education Research Centre of the UCL Institute of Education. His research interests are mainly positioned within global learning, as well as the wider field of global citizenship education. Dominantly influenced by critical pedagogy and postcolonial theory, Giannis is particularly interested in teachers' transformative learning opportunities as well as their sense of personal and professional development in relation to global learning.  


  • MEd in Psychology of Education 
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • BA in Primary Education

Newest selected publications

Efthymiou, GS. (2021) 'Global Learning and Teaching: towards an ideological framework'.ANGEL Conference 2021: Pedagogy of Hope and Global Social Justice. London, UK. 25 - 27 May. ANGEL Conference 2021: Pedagogy of Hope and Global Social Justice: Paper Presentations: Abstract Book.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Efthymiou, GS. (2020) 'Book review: Research on Teaching Global Issues: Pedagogy for global citizenship education, edited by John P. Meyers'. International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning, 13 (1).

Journal article

Efthymiou, G. (2020) 'Global Learning as an opportunity for teachers' agency: the case of one Greek primary school'.Academic Network on Global Education and Learning. Oulou, Finland. 11 - 12 June. Academic Network on Global Education & Learning (ANGEL) Early Career Researchers Conference 2020 Abstracts booklet. pp. 12 - 12.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Efthymiou, G. and Papanikolaou, P. (2019) 'Global citizenship education in the Greek primary school curriculum: challenges and opportunities'.16th International Conference of the Hellenic Educational Society: the school in democracy, the democracy in school. University of Thessaly. 29 - 1 December. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Hellenic Educational Society: the school in democracy, the democracy in school.Open Access Link

Conference paper
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