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Senior Lecturer, Education and Childhood Studies
Education & Community Studies
BA (with QTS), MA, PhD
Before joining the University of Greenwich, Dr Maria Papapolydorou worked at Oxford Brookes University as a senior lecturer in Education. She holds an MA in Comparative Education and a PhD in Sociology of Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. Her PhD research focused on the association between social capital and educational outcomes.
Papapolydorou, M. 2011. Families' Influence on students' education and differences across ethnic groups. In: London School of Economics, The British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference, 6–8 April 2011. London: UK.
Papapolydorou, M. 2010. Students’ social networks in ethnically diverse contexts: an exploration of young people’s Identities within the school framework. In: Boğaziçi University, The 14th World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), 14–18 June 2010. Istanbul: Turkey.
Papapolydorou, M. 2010. They know my struggle – racialisation and the ethnic dynamics of the school: an exploration of teenagers' social networks and attitudes. In: The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, 30 April – 4 May 2010. Denver: Colorado, USA.
Papapolydorou, M. 2009. Social capital theory and the Influence of school’s ethnic composition on friendship formation. In: The European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 28–30 September. Vienna: Austria.
Papapolydorou, M. 2008. Welfare state and educational inequalities in Greece, Sweden and the UK: a comparative analysis of the origins. In: The 23rd Annual Conference of Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE), 7–10 July. Athens: Greece.
Papapolydorou, M. 2008. Social class and educational inequalities in Greece, Sweden and the UK. In: The 52nd Annual Conference of Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), 17–21 March. New York: USA.
Papapolydorou, M. (2010) Educational Inequalities in Greece, Sweden and the United Kingdom: A Comparative Analysis of the Origins. In: Mattheou, D. (ed.) Changing Educational Landscapes. Educational Policies, Schooling Systems and Higher Education – A Comparative Perspective. London: Springer, pp. 119–134.
Papapolydorou, M. (2010) School’s ethnic composition and students’ friendships in London secondary schools. London Digest, 6(18).
Papapolydorou, M. (2010). Review: Critical race theory and education: a Marxist response by Mike Cole. Race and Class, 51(4), pp. 109–111.