Dr Kristina Konstantoni

Lecturer in Childhood Studies / Co-director of CERES


  • PhD in Education (University of Edinburgh)
  • MSc in Childhood Studies (University of Edinburgh)
  • BA (Hons) in Sociology (University of Crete, Greece)

Responsibilities & affiliations

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Recognition Award 2016 for ‘Excellence in External Engagement'

I am a co-director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) and an associate researcher at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR). 

Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland

Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

Undergraduate teaching

I am the Programme Director of the BA in Childhood Practice

I course organise and/or teach on the below courses:

  • Children and Childhoods (Year 2, Undergraduate)
  • Children, Education and Social Justice (Year 3 Undergraduate)
  • Children's Health and Well-Being (Year 3 Undergraduate)

Postgraduate teaching

I contribute to the:

  • Listening to Children course ( PG which is offered within the MSc in Childhood Studies programme). 
  • Nature of Inquiry (PG)

Areas of interest for supervision

I would be happy to supervise research under the areas listed in the research tab.

Current PhD students supervised

  • Krystallia Kyritsi- Creativity in Primary Schools: Investigating Perpsectives on Creativity and Equity within Scottish Primary Education
  • Jane Malcolm- Love, passion and professionalism: The Early Years Professional
  • Carol Smith- Supporting transitions from pre-school into primary 1: issues around play-based and active learning in the transition process.

Research summary

My main research interests are in:

  • children's and young people's social identities and attitudes, 
  • diversity, equity/fairness/social justice 
  • children's and young people's rights & participation in research, policy and practice
  • intersectionality
  • partnerships between research, policy and practice
  • methodologies of research with children and young people
  • ethical issues in research with children and young people

I would be happy to supervise research under the above headings.

I am a co-director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES) and an associate researcher at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR). 

Project activity

  • 'Creating transformative partnerships: Making spaces for tackling childhood and youth inequalities' (2015-16)

A participatory action research project with young people supported by Investing in Children.

Carnegie Research Incentive Grant (£7,500) and a University of Edinburgh CHSS Challenge Investment Fund (£13,785).

Dr Kristina Konstantoni (Co-PI), Dr Marlies Kustatscher (Co-PI) and Co-Is and academic advisors Dr Akwugo Emejulu, Prof John Davis, and Liam Cairns.

This interdisciplinary research project has been initiated by a group of ten young people (aged 10-18) and involves them as co-researchers in a small-scale participatory action research. The research seeks to examine a) young peoples’ views and experiences of intersectional discrimination in their schools and local communities and ways of tackling discriminatory practices, and b) the processes by which meaningful and transformative partnerships (between interdisciplinary researchers, young people, organisations and practitioners) can be established with the aim to effect change in the young people’s lives.

The project is located against the backdrop of an increased emphasis on questions of research impact and social change, and on children and young people’s participation in research, policy and practice, driven by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, 1989). Participation is complex and the challenge is to ensure that it is meaningful, comprehensive and not tokenistic, and involves young people at all stages of a research project (from research design to analysis and dissemination). The project is particularly timely due to the multiple and intersecting experiences of discrimination that young people face in the current social and political climate of austerity, growing inequalities and rising anti-immigration sentiments.


  • What next for Childhood Studies? Pushing Boundaries’ (2015)  

£1,000 British Sociological Association Early Career Forumfor hosting a BSA regional one-day event.

 Konstantoni, K. (Co-PI) and Kustatscher, M. (Co-PI)

· How can childhood researchers make critical connections and contributions across disciplinary and spatial boundaries?

· How do debates in childhood research and current geo-political, economic and socio-cultural contexts mutually shape each other?

· How can childhood studies commit to an emancipatory and activist agenda?


· What is needed to push theoretical and methodological boundaries?

 This one-day seminar seeks to raise and debate questions about how the sociology of childhood can push its spatial and disciplinary boundaries in order to make important critical theoretical and methodological contributions not only within the childhood studies field but also beyond, for example to the wider discipline of sociology, feminist studies, geo-politics, education, economics, health and others.

  • Research Commissioned by Scottish Social Services Council to Review the Standard for Childhood practice (2014-2015)

    £27,000, Scottish Social Services Council

  Bill Thomson (Principal Investigator), Dr Kristina Konstantoni(Co-Investigator), University of Edinburgh and Dr Mary Wingrave (Co-Investigator), University of Glasgow.

A research study commissioned by the SSSC to review and update the Standard for Childhood Practice (QAA, 2007). The Standard for Childhood Practice is a benchmark statement published by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

  • Children's Rights, Social Justice and Social Identities in Scotland: Intersections in research, policy and practice (2013-2015)

    £20,000, Scottish Universities Insight Institute

    Dr Kristina Konstantoni (Principal Investigator)- on behalf of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland- with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh: Dr Akwugo Emejulu, Prof John Davis, and Marlies Kustatcher ( School of Health in Social Science), the University of Strathclyde, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

     This seminar series brings together academics, practitioners, policy makers and children from Scotland and beyond to debate children’s and young people’s complex and intersecting identities and consider the ways in which multiple social inequalities impact on children’s and parents’ lives.

    Further details about the forthcoming seminars can be found here

Please click here for a Briefing Summary 

Please click here for video podcasts of the seminar series

Seminar 1

Seminar 2

Seminar 3

Seminar 4

  • Muslim Pupils’ Educational Experiences in England and Scotland (MPEEES) (Research Associate, 2012-2013)
  • Attracting International Students:Equitable Services & Support, Campus Cohesion and Community Engagement - funded by the Equality Challenge Unit. [with Dr Rowena Arshad (University of Edinburgh), Dr Philomena de Lima (University of Highlands and Islands), Johanna Holtan (Edinburgh University Student Association) and Nikolaos Bizas (University of Edinburgh)]. Report published May 2012 http://www.ecu.ac.uk/publications/attracting-international-students  (Research Associate, 2011-2012)
  • CREANOVA (Creative Learning and Networking for European Innovation) Project (funded by European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP)) University of Edinburgh (with Dr John Davis, Stephen Farrier, Nikolaos Bizas from University of Edinburgh and other partners from European Countries) (Research Assistant, 2010)
  • Continuation of National Occupational  Standards Project: Developing Virtual Environments for Childhood Practice. A Scoping Research Project into NOS (National Occupational Standards) in Child Care & Early Years (commissioned by the Scottish Social Services Council Commission), University of Edinburgh (with Dr John Davis, University of Edinburgh) (Research Fellow, 2010)
  • [funded by the ESRC, PTA-031-2006-00428]

    ‘Young Children’s Perceptions and Constructions of Social Identities and Social Implications: Promoting Social Justice in Early Childhood.’  [funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC+3 Quota Nomination Studentship for Doctoral Study), PTA-031-2006-00428] (2006-2009)

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