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Dr Ourania Filippakou

Dr Ourania Filippakou
Interim Director of Teaching and Learning


Ourania Filippakou is Reader in Education at Brunel University London. 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 theoretical condition 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. She has published in a wide range of journals including Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education; Higher Education; Higher Education Policy; Higher Education Quarterly, and edited (with Gareth Williams) Higher Education as a Public Good (Bern: Peter Lang, 2014). She is a council member of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), and co-editor of the British Educational Research Journal (BERJ).


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

Newest selected publications

Filippakou, O. and Tapper, T. (Accepted) 'Creating the future? The 1960s new English universities'. Dordrecht: Springer.


Aldridge, D., Biesta, G., Filippakou, O. and Wainwright, E. (2018) 'Why the nature of educational research should remain contested: A statement from the new editors of the British Educational Research Journal'. British Educational Research Journal, 44 (1). pp. 1 - 4. ISSN: 1469-3518 Open Access Link

Journal article

Filippakou, O. (2017) 'Towards a new epistemic order: Higher education after neoliberalism', in Nixon, J. (ed.) Higher Education in Austerity Europe. Bloomsbury. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Filippakou, O. (2017) 'The evolution of the quality agenda in higher education: the politics of legitimation'. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 49 (1). pp. 37 - 52. ISSN: 0022-0620

Journal article

Filippakou, O. (2016) 'Higher education policymaking in an era of increasing marketization'. London Review of Education, 14 (1). pp. 1 - 3. ISSN: 1474-8460 Open Access Link

Journal article
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