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Mr Giannis Efthymiou

Mr Giannis Efthymiou
Lecturer in Education


Giannis S Efthymiou is a Lecturer in Education at Brunel’s Primary PGCE Programme, and he is currently leading on the areas of Science Education and Physical Education. Prior to entering Higher Education, Giannis was a primary school teacher and leader in primary schools across London having held a range of leadership posts. His academic interest and research focus on Global Citizenship Education, Global Learning and Social Justice and how teachers in primary schools go about adopting such approaches. He has coordinated a funded European project between four schools in Europe that examined teachers’ approaches to adopting Global Learning as part of their practice. This has also influenced the case study of his doctoral thesis. His research and wider scholarly activity build on similar initiatives, and Giannis is particularly interested in teachers’ wisdom to adopting practices of Global Learning as part of their wider pedagogical ethos. Giannis reflects on wider critical theories, specifically critical pedagogy and postcolonial theory, whilst also hoping to engage more actively with queer theory and agendas for de/re-construction. He seeks to examine each of these areas through the lens of teaching by actively listening to the voices of the teachers. Giannis continues his close work with schools in London through his wider responsibilities as part of the primary PGCE programme, and overviews the mentorship of primary student teachers. Giannis is keen to expanding his collaboration with schools and is always happy to hear from colleagues who are interested in exploring Global Learning as a pedagogical approach.

Prior to joining Brunel University London in September 2021, he taught across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the University of Cumbria and UCL’s Institute of Education. Giannis is currently at the final stages of his doctoral journey, which he undertakes at UCL’s Development Education Research Centre in the field of Global Learning.


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

Newest selected publications

Efthymiou, G. and Papanikolaou, P. (2022) 'Παιδεία του Πολίτη στο Αναλυτικό Πρόγραμμα του Ελληνικού Δημοτικού Σχολείου: ευκαιρίες και προκλήσεις (Global Citizenship Education in Greece's primary schools: opportunities and challenges)'.School in democracy, democracy in schools. Volos, Greece.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Efthymiou, G. and de Vries, M. (2022) 'Teachers reflecting on teaching global issues: “Because I’m also part of the problem”'. Sinergias – diálogos educativos para a transformação social, 13. pp. 41 - 57.Open Access Link

Journal article

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
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