Dr Spyros Themelis is a Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. He taught and researched in a number of universities and schools in the UK and interned at the Ministry of Justice, London. He also taught and/or researched aborad, (e.g. in Greece, Italy and the U.S.A). Spyros has won a number of competitive awards and scholarships of national (e.g. 1+3 ESRC-funded scholarship), international (e.g. Marie Curie fellowship, jointly funded by the EU and the Central European University) and cross-national distinction (e.g. fellowship sponsored by the Universities of Lecce, Italy, and Ioannina, Greece).
He is the deputy chief editor of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS)and a regular reviewer for the Czech Science Foundation. He is a fellow of the Center for Contemporary Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego, USA, and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
Challenging deficit discourses in international education and developmentFull Text UEA Repository
The time of the Roma in times of crisis: Where has European neoliberal capitalism failed?Full Text UEA Repository
From mainstream politics to social movements: Greece in between austerity and hope
BAICE Thematic Forum: Challenging deficit discourses in international education and development
Movimentos sociais e pedagogia crítica na Grécia: resistência e alternativasUEA Repository
Education for Roma: the potential of curriculum-based innovation to improve learning outcomes
Social Change and Education in Greece: A Study in Class Struggle DynamicsUEA Repository
Social Class and Education in Modern Britain: Why Inequalities Persist and How Can We Explain ThemUEA Repository
Working in the community with young people who offendFull Text UEA Repository
Meritocracy through education and social mobility in post-war Britain: A critical examinationFull Text UEA Repository
Labour market restructuring and employment pathways: The case of a mixed community (Roma, non-Roma) in north-west GreeceFull Text UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
Spyros's main research activities focus on social stratification/social mobility and education, youth and protest movements and Higher Education; Gypsy/Roma/Traveller education.
social mobility/social stratification
class analysis and education
minorities and education (esp. Gypsy/Roma/Traveller)
social movements (esp. student movements in Europe and Latin America)
mixed methods research
S. Themelis (2013) Social Change and Education in Greece: A Study in Class Struggle Dynamics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
S. Themelis (2013) ‘The Education of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in England- a road partly travelled’, in S. Hornberg and C. Brüggemann (eds) Die Bildungssituation von Roma in Europa [The educational situation of Roma in Europe]. Münster: Waxmann Verlag GmbH, pp.169-196. (with B. Foster).
S. Themelis (2011) ‘Labour Market and Employment: a Case Study in a Roma, non-Roma community in Greece’, in Podvršič, A. (Ed.) Journal for the Criticism of Science, Imagination and New Anthropology.
S. Themelis and A. Sampson(2010)‘Young People and Inclusion’, in Equality, Participation and Inclusion: Learning From Each Other, Open University Press.
Journal Articles and Reports
S. Themelis (forthcoming)‘The time of the Roma in times of crisis: where has European neoliberal capitalism failed?’, Ethnicities (details tbc).
S. Themelis (2014) 'Education and equality: debunking the myth of meritocracy', in S. Gadelha and E. Mendes (eds) The Public and the Private. (details: tbc)
S. Themelis and B. Foster (2013)‘Education for Roma: the potential of inclusive, curriculum-based innovation to improve learning outcomes’. Background paper commissioned by UNESCO as part of UNESCO’s 2013/14’ Education for All Global Monitoring’ report: Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all. Available online: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/Ulis/cgi-bin/ulis.pl?ttx=Right+to+Education+Project&ttx_p=phrase+like&sc1=1&ll=2&req=2&look=default&gp=0&lin=1&nl=1&sc2=1&database=ged&futf8=1
S. Themelis (2013) 'Social class and education in modern Britain: why inequalities persist and how we can explain them', Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 11(1).
S. Themelis (2009) ‘Questioning Inclusion: The Education of Roma/Traveller Students and Young People in Europe and England – a Critical Examination’, Research in Comparative and International Education Journal, 4(3), pp. 262-275.
S. Themelis and A. Sampson(2009) ‘Working in the Community with Young People who Offend’, Journal of Youth Studies (Vol. 12(2), pp. 121-137.
S. Themelis (2008) ‘Meritocracy through Education: A Critical Approach to Social Mobility in Post-War Britain’, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Vol. 29 (5), pp. 427-438.
S. Themelis (2008) ‘Labour Market Restructuring and Employment Pathways: the Case of a Mixed Community (Roma, non-Roma) in N.W. Greece’ Romani Studies Journal, (18)2, pp. 123-154.
S. Themelis (2003-2005) Interim Evaluation Reports to six Youth Inclusion Programmes. Centre for Institutional Studies, University of East London.
S. Themelis and T. Wrigley (2013) Class and Education: Old Issues, New Perspectives. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 11(1).
S. Themelis, A. Sampson, R. Knight, A. Khanom and E. Ahmad (2003)‘Youth Inclusion Programme (YIP) Youth Work’. Seminar proceedings. Centre for Institutional Studies, University of East London.
Spyros teaches on the MA in Education: Learning, Pedagogy and Assessment, contributes to EdD programme and the BA in Education Studies.
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
Co-convenor of the Activism in Sociology interest group, British Sociological Association.
External examiner for the Erasmus Mundus MA/Mgr. Special and Inclusive Education, University of Roehampton.
Deputy Chief Editor of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies(JCEPS).
MA Degrees Director
Course Director MA in Education: Learning, Pedagogy and Assessment
Enterprise and Engagement Coordinator