Dr Eleni Lithari

Senior Lecturer in Educational Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching

Eleni is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Studies. Her main area of expertise is dyslexia in secondary education, SEN and inclusion.



Eleni completed her doctorate at Anglia Ruskin University; her research involved individuals with dyslexia and their experiences of secondary education, focusing on identity development and education practice. She investigated the experiences of children with dyslexia in secondary education and the relationship between identity development, learning difficulties and educational experiences. She is also interested in those issues at primary education. Parallel to her doctoral studies, she worked at Anglia Ruskin University and gained experience working with children with literacy difficulties.

Research interests

  • SEN (especially dyslexia)
  • Inclusion and policy in practice
  • Educational experiences and learner identity development

Eleni’s interest in identity development focuses on how children with SEN perceive their self and what impact important others have on it. Her interest in school practice is around what is offered to children with SEN and how they are included or excluded.

Areas of research supervision

Eleni would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics:

  • Special educational needs
  • Inclusion
  • School practice
Recent and current doctoral supervision as first supervisor:
  • What are the lived experiences of people from a low or no literacy background; learning and functioning in a dominant language? (current)


  • Education Studies
  • Inclusive Practice in Childhood
  • Special Needs in Education
  • Studying Education and Research in Higher Education
  • Undergraduate Major Project


  • PhD, Anglia Ruskin University
  • MSc, Special and Inclusive Education, Institute of Education
  • MSc, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health, London Metropolitan University
  • Degree, Education Sciences, University of the Aegean

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies/ Editorial Advisory Board
  • Child Care in Practice/ Reviewer

Recent presentations and conferences

Lithari, E. & Rogers, C., 2011. Young people and their identities: the case of dyslexia and transition to secondary education. Paper presented at the Third Annual Conference on Learner Identity, Equity, Identity and Education. Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, 7-8 July 2011.

Kanyal, M., Luff, P. and Lithari, E., 2011. Exploring students’ engagement within a VLE to inform relational pedagogy for a work based early years professional practice course. Paper presented at the BERA Annual Conference. Institute of Education, University of London, 6-8 September 2011.