Charis Manousou

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Dr Charis Manousou recently joined the University of West Scotland as a Lecturer in MEd, London Campus. Charis has extensive experience in various posts within different sectors of Education, including working as a Lecturer at the University of Nicosia, a research assistant at the UCL Knowledge Lab, a mentor at the Department of Education, University of Thessaly and a Learning Coach at Kingston College. She started her teaching career as a Primary school teacher in her home country Greece.

She holds a BA in Primary Education and an MSc in Education in Contemporary Learning Environments from the University of Thessaly, Greece. Her passion and commitment for Inclusion and Social Justice in educational environments motivated her to conduct her PhD in Intercultural Education at the University of Thessaly, Greece (mixed methods research study). Her PhD thesis explores the features of multicultural encounters and the dynamics of social relations of native and immigrant students within primary school as well as their perceptions of 'other' in an attempt to uncover prejudice and stereotypes and form a common sense of belonging through the implementation of intercultural learning environments.

Research-led learning has been at the heart of her teaching. Her main focus has been centred around intercultural learning environments, intercultural competence and communication, immigrant students, the classroom as a community of inquiry, as well as innovative ways of teaching and learning in PE.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Intercultural and Inclusive Education, Educational Leadership, Teaching and Learning Pedagogy,  Education for Diversity & Social Justice

Desired research direction

  • Intercultural Learning Environments 
  • Intercultural Communication/Competence
  • Educational (and Inclusive) Leadership in Education 
  • Empowering women for transformational Leadership roles in Education around the globe
  • Education for Diversity and Social Justice

Current teaching activities and interests

Teaching "Leadership - Vision & Values" and "Leadership - Working With Teams"

Current research activities

I am currently working on a paper for the Internation Association fof Intercultural Education (IAIE) conference “Children as Peacemakers in Divided Societies: Educational Approaches” (Sarajevo, October 2023). This is focused on the classroom as a community of philosophical enquiry to promote primary students’ intercultural competence.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Learning Coach, Kingston College

28 Oct 202027 Aug 2022

Part-time Research and Teaching Assistant, University College London, Knowledge Lab

1 Mar 201930 Sept 2019

Lecturer, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

1 Sept 201827 Feb 2019

Part-time Research and Administrative Assistant, University College London, Knowledge Lab

4 Jan 201830 Sept 2018

Primary School Teacher, Primary Education - Greek Ministry of Education

1 Sept 201120 Jul 2017

Tutor/Mentor at Teaching Practice and Research Assistant, University of Thessaly

1 Sept 200731 Aug 2011

Primary School teacher, Primary Education - Greek Ministry of Education

1 Sept 199631 Aug 2007


  • L Education (General)
  • Intecultural Education
  • Primary Education
  • Higher Education
  • Theory and Practice of Education
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Educational Leadership
  • Inclusive Education
  • Women Leadership


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  • UWS Crucible 2023

    Charis Manousou (Invited speaker)

    24 Jan 202324 Mar 2023

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