Dr Michalis Kakos, Reader

Dr Michalis Kakos


Michalis's research and teaching experience cover the areas of citizenship and intercultural education, inclusive education and special educational needs. The aspect of schooling that Michalis is particularly interested in is the interaction between students and teachers and its role in young people's self-concept and socialisation.

Michalis joined Leeds Beckett University in September 2013. Previously he was leading the University of Leicester Postgraduate Certificate Course in Citizenship Education. He has also held research fellowships in the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education (CCHRE), University of Leeds, and in the Centre for Research in Inclusion and Diversity (CREID), University of Edinburgh.

Michalis has a diverse teaching experience background. He has worked in primary schools, Pupil Referral Units, special, grammar, comprehensive and preparatory schools in Greece, USA and the UK. He has taught a variety of subjects including Psychology and Classics to secondary and A-level students.

Research Interests

Michalis's current research includes a study of the interaction between teachers and students with special educational needs in England and Germany and an international project (England and Hong Kong) investigating students' sleep patterns and its relation to academic achievement.

Michalis is interested in supervising the following areas:

  • Children's rights and childhood
  • Citizenship education
  • Intercultural / Multicultural education
  • Adolescent Identity
  • Institutionalisation in education
  • Professionalism in formal education
  • Deviant behaviour in adolescence
  • Inclusion in education
  • Special educational needs
Dr Michalis Kakos, Reader

Ask Me About

  1. Psychology
  2. Education
  3. Ethnicity
  4. Citizenship

Selected Outputs

  • Kakos M (2017) The interaction between students and teachers in times of performativity. In: Borgnakke K; Dovemark M; Silva SM ed. The Post Modern Professional: Contemporary learning practices, dilemmas and perspectives. Tufnell Press, pp. 53-72.

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  • Kakos M (2013) Four questions from England about the compatibility of citizenship education to modern schooling. In: Palaiologou N; Dietz G ed. Mapping the broad field of Intercultural/Multicultural Education worldwide: Towards the construction of the new Citizen.. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing,

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  • Kakos M (2012) Embedding citizenship education: An ethnographic tale of Trojan horses and conflicting performativities. In: Troman G; Jeffrey G ed. Performativity in UK Education: Ethnographic cases of its effects, agency and reconstructions. Painswick: E&E Publishing,