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Dr Ourania Filippakou
Reader - Education


Ourania Filippakou Giroux is Reader in Education. She did her first degree in Education at University of the Aegean and, then, obtained a scholarship from the Academy of Athens to do her postgraduate studies at the UCL Institute of Education. Her main interest is in the politics of higher education with particular reference to comparative historical analysis, a perspective that seeks to combine the methods of history with social sciences theories and concepts. Books include Rethinking Higher Education and the Crisis of Legitimation in Europe (Routledge, 2022); Creating the the Future? The 1960s New English Universities, co-authored with Ted Tapper (Springer, 2019); and Higher Education as a Public Good, co-edited with Gareth Williams (Peter Lang, 2014). She was a council member of the Society for Research into Higher Education and co-editor of the British Educational Research Journal. She co-edits book series International Studies in Higher Education (Routledge) and Critical Interventions (Routledge).


  • PhD Higher Education, UCL Institute of Education
  • MA Higher and Professional Education, UCL Institute of Education
  • BA (Hons) Education with QTS, University of the Aegean


Director of Teaching & Learning (2018-2023)

Newest selected publications

Giroux, HA. and Filippakou, O. (2023) 'Higher education, critical pedagogy, and the challenge of resistance.', in Tierney, RJ., Rizvi, F. and Ercikan, K. (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Education [4th ed.]. New York : Elsevier. , 8. pp. 139 - 144. ISBN 10: 0-12-818629-1. ISBN 13: 978-0-12-818630-5. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Sarauw, LL., Bengtsen, SSE. and Filippakou, O. (2023) 'The psychological turn in higher education and the new taxonomy of attitudes and emotions: Denmark as a case study'. Policy Futures in Education, 22 (2). pp. 293 - 307. ISSN: 1478-2103 Open Access Link

Journal article

Filippakou, O. (2022) 'Rethinking Higher Education and the Crisis of Legitimation in Europe'. London: Routledge. ISSN 10: 1-003-29545-2 ISSN 13: 978-1-032-28135-3


Filippakou, O. (2022) 'Higher education and the myth of neutrality: Rethinking the cultural politics of research in the age of instrumental rationality'. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, 45 (1). pp. 77 - 89. ISSN: 1071-4413 Open Access Link

Journal article

Giroux, HA. and Filippakou, O. (2021) 'Militarization in a Time of Pandemic Crisis', in Accioly, I. and Macedo, D. (eds.) Education, Equality and Justice in the New Normal: Global Responses to the Pandemic. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 29 - 38. ISBN 10: 1-350-22580-0. ISBN 13: 978-1-350-22578-7. Open Access Link

Book chapter
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