Christoforos Mamas

Research Fellow

Christoforos Mamas is a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Plymouth (UK). Previously, he worked in the field of education as an elementary school teacher, lecturer and researcher.

Christoforos received his BA (Hons) in Education from the University of Crete, Faculty of Education. He then gained an MA in Special and Inclusive Education from the University of Worcester, Institute of Education. In 2006, he was awarded an MPhil in Educational Research from the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education. In 2009, he earned his PhD in Education (Inclusive Education) at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education. His PhD research concerned the social status of pupils identified as having special educational needs within mainstream primary education in Cyprus.

At the Department of Education Studies, Christoforos is now working on a three-year research project funded by the Marie Curie Research Fellowship Award of the European Commission. The title of the project is ‘Inclusive Education for an Inclusive Europe: Examining Social Interactions, Dynamics and Friendship Networks of Students in Mainstream Primary Schools’ which is a comparative study between the US, UK and Cyprus. In terms of the project’s methodology, a new approach, called ‘socionetnography’, will be employed. A questionnaire to children, interviews with teachers and children as well as observation will form the basis for data collection. Social network analysis and ethnographic analysis will be used to analyze the data.

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PhD in Education with an emphasis in Inclusive and Special Education

University of Cambridge, UK, 2009.

Master of Philosophy in Educational Research with an emphasis in Research in Special and Inclusive Education

University of Cambridge, UK, 2006.

Master of Arts in Special and Inclusive Education

University of Worcester, UK, 2005

Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education

University of Crete, Greece, 2004


Qualified Teacher Status in Greece and Cyprus, 2004

Qualified Teacher Status in the UK, National College for Teaching & Leadership, Teacher Reference Number: 3574657, 2015.

Higher Education Academy Fellow, UK, 2015. 

Research interests

Christoforos’s main research interests are:

- Early childhood studies and primary education

- Inclusion, inclusive education and inclusive pedagogy

- Special education

- National and international perspectives on inclusion, disability and equality

- Comparative and interdisciplinary studies

- Transformative research

- Sociometry, social network analysis and theory

- Mixed methods approaches

Grants & contracts

- Marie Curie Fellowship, European Commission, 2015-2018.

- Exploring peer relationships, friendships and group work dynamics in Higher Education (HE), 2014-2015.

- An exploration of international students’ main challenges or problems while studying at Plymouth University, 2014-2015.

- Social Science Collaboration with Exeter University award, 2012-2013.

- Social Inclusion in the Classroom:  Institute of Health and Community Pump-priming funding, 2012-2013. 

Journal articles

Seale J, Georgeson J, Mamas C & Swain J. (2015) 'Not the right kind of 'digital capital'? An examination of the complex relationship between disabled students, their technologies and higher education institutions' COMPUTERS & EDUCATION 82, 118-128.

Mamas C. & Avramidis E. (2013) 'Promoting social interaction in the inclusive classroom: Lessons from inclusive schools in England and Cyprus' LEARNING CULTURE AND SOCIAL INTERACTION 2, (4) 217-226.

Mamas C. (2013) 'Teaching contested narratives: identity, memory and reconciliation in peace education and beyond' JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR TEACHING 39, (2) 250-252.

Mamas C. (2013) 'Understanding Inclusion in Cyprus' European Journal of Special Needs Education 28, (4) 480-493.

Mamas C (2012) 'Pedagogy, social status and inclusion in Cypriot schools' International Journal of Inclusive Education 16, (11).

Book Chapters

Hohmann U. & Mamas C. (2015) ‘Research projects in Early Childhood Studies’, in Parker-Rees R. & Leeson C. (eds) Early Childhood Studies: an introduction to the study of children’s worlds and children’s lives, Edition: 4th, Chapter: 18, SAGE.

Mamas C. (2014) 'The relationship between intercultural and inclusive education: two sides of the same coin?' in Hatzisoteriou C; Xenofontos C Intercultural education: challenges, pedagogy and suggestions.