National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

University of Thessaly

University of Nicosia


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Despoina Karakatsani

Despina Karakatsani

Despina Karakatsani is Professor of Pedagogy at the Department of Social and Education Policy (Faculty of Social and Political Sciences) of the University of the Peloponnese. She has studied History at the University of Athens (1989) and obtained her PhD from the University Paris 8-Saint Denis (Sciences of Education, 1998). She was Lecturer in History of Education at the University of Crete (2000-2004) and she has taught at the University of Democritus-Thrace and at the Institution of teacher Training in Athens (2005-2009). During the second term of the academic year 2009-2010 she was a Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. Her researches are focused on the connection between education, multiculturalism, democracy and citizenship, on civic learning, active citizenship, human rights and prison education. She was President (2016-2018) of CiCea (Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe Association) and Chair of the Department of Social and Education Policy (2015-2019). She participates in several projects of DARE Network (Democracy and Human Rights Education) and NECE (Networking European Citizenship Education-especially in the Focus Group “Αll in Network: Learning Citizenship for Inclusion and Diversity”). She is also responsible of the Pilot Project of Teacher Education on Freinet Pedagogy-cooperative learning- in the Peloponnese (Ministry of Education and Institute of Education Policy). She has a long experience in participating in European and national research programs and notable number of publications (books, book chapters, articles, translations).