Dr. Ioanna Palaiologou CPsychol AFBPsS has worked as a university academic in the UK for the last 20 years. She is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society with specialism on child development and learning theories and was appointed as Associate Fellow of BPS in 2015. In 2016 she was awarded the Fellowship of Royal Society of Arts.
She completed her PhD in 2003 and has worked both as a researcher in education and lecturer on Education and Early Childhood Studies in UK universities. In 2004 she joined the University of Hull and during the next nine years she worked as Programme Director of BA (Hons) Educational Studies, Co-ordinator of Early Childhood Studies provision, Course Leader for the Masters in Early Childhood Studies and Academic Coordinator for Research Students Support within the Faculty of Education. From 2015, she has been working as a child psychologist and as an Academic Associate at the UCL Institute of Education. In this role she contributed to postgraduate work engaging her psychology disciplinary training and its application to leadership in learning.
Ioanna's research is in the field of education and early childhood studies and has three strands with the common goal of trying to understand and explore pedagogical practices of working and researching children in formal and informal environments. Her work draws upon postmodernism and employs a range of innovative methods to research the following strands:
Although she left full time employment in HE at the end of 2014, Ioanna has not disengaged with research and publications. To date she has published several books (many of which are in their fourth edition), multiple articles in high impact peer reviewed journals and an extensive range of conference papers. Details of her publications can be found on a separate page of this site.
Ioanna has worked in several countries as a researcher, trainer and coach to emerging researchers. Currently, she is external examiner for two universities in Ireland and an academic associate for the University of Milan Bicocca. In addition, she is coordinator of the Special Interest Group (SIG) SIG on Transforming Assessment, Evaluation and Documentation in Early Childhood Pedagogy in the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) and also co-convenor for Network 25 Research in Children’s Right in Education in the European Education Research Association (EERA).