Dr Eleni Lithari

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Education & 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.

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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)
  • Identity development
  • Inclusion
  • School practice (especially support for children with SEN)

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.


  • 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.