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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Nikos Kanellopoulos

Nikos Kanellopoulos
Nikos Kanellopoulos
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Education governance, Educational policy discourses, Education and European integration, Europeanisation, Social Policy and the Eurozone Crisis, Critical Policy Analysis, Critical Discourse Studies, Critical Discourse Analysis, Cultural Political Economy, Critical Realism

PhD Title

The discursive construction of Higher Education policies in Greece during the crisis (2010-2015).



Dr Sotiria Grek and Dr Elke Heins



Senior Tutor

Research Design: 2017-2018. Postgraduate Course, School of Social & Political Science.


Politics of the Welfare State: 2017-2018. Undergraduate Course, School of Social & Political Science

Research Design: 2015-16 & 2016-2017 & 2017-2018. Postgraduate Course, School of Social & Political Science.

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). 2018.



'Analysing Discourses In Greek HE Reform During The Financial Crisis: Discourse Analysis As An Approach To Critical Policy Studies'. Presentation at the 5th Patras International Conference of Graduate students in Linguistics (PICGL5), University of Patras, May 29 2018.

'The Semiotic Construction of Higher Education Policies During the Crisis: Analysing Discourses and Exploring Imaginaries in Greek HE Reform'. Presentation at the Third International Cultural Political Economy Conference: Taking Issues In/With Cultural Political Economy - Research Workshop, Lancaster University, September 6 2017.

'Critical Discourse Studies: Theory and Methods'. Presentation in Discourse Analysis research group, University of Edinburgh, April 7 2017.

'Greek Higher Education reforms in crisis: the discursive construction of contesting ideas', Presentation in research group Education & Society, University of Edinburgh, November 16 2016.

'Competing Policy Discourses in Greek Higher Education Reform'. Presentation at Marie Curie Consortium Meeting & International Doctoral Colloquium (EERA), University of Luxembourg, September 15 2016.

'The Discursive Construction of Higher Education Policies during the Crisis: the Case of Greece'. Paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research, University College Dublin, August 24 2016.



MA in Discourse Studies, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, UK

BA (Hons) in Philology (with major in Linguistics), Department of Philosophy, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece


Awards & Scholarships

Greek State Scholarship Foundation (I.K.Y.) Scholarship for MA studies abroad in Applied Linguistics

Triantafyllidis Foundation Scholarship for postgraduate (MA) studies abroad 

"Sofia Saripolou Heritage" Scholarship for PhD studies abroad (awarded after written and oral examinations)

Onassis Foundation Scholarship for PhD studies abroad


Other Activities

Discourse Analysis Group: 2016 - present. Convenor of postgraduate working group - involves meetings with a speaker presentation introducing the theme of the session followed by group analysis of data example (such as a document or interview transcript).

Education & Society Research Group: 2017. Co-convenor