London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Maria Tsouroufli

Senior Research Fellow

I am an educationalist with an interdisciplinary background in gender, medical sociology and the sociology of professions. I hold a PhD in Gender and Education from the University of Southampton and I am a primary school teacher by trade. I joined IPSE in October 2013 after a long career in health professional education. Previously I held senior research/academic positions at the University of Lincoln, Warwick, Cardiff, Norwich Medical School, University of York and the Centre for Medical Education at the University of Dundee.

My work examines power issues, exclusion and gender discrimination in educational and organizational contexts locally and globally. I am particularly interested in gendered notions of professionalism and ‘othering’, academic identities and intersecting inequalities in higher and professional education in the UK, Greece and Jordan. I am a feminist with a passion for reflective, critical work and narratology. My current work is concerned with international PhD student identities and hybridization; secondary school students’ notions of community and diversity in Britain; the gendered identities of female Greek Professors and the negotiated identities of part-time EdD students. At IPSE I teach on the EdD programme and supervise EdD and PhD students.

External activities and positions of esteem                                                                   
2013 Editorial Advisory Board, Interdisciplinary perspectives in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
2012-present Editorial Advisory Board, Global Educational Review
2010-present Editorial Advisory Board, International online journal of educational sciences (IOJES)
2007-present Editorial Advisory Board, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An international journal
April 2007: Visiting Fellow, Sociology Department, University of Crete, Greece, European Union Funded project: ‘Gender in the Social Sciences’.

Reviewer for BMC Medical Education, Medical Education, Advances in Physiotherapy, Midwifery, Gender and Education, Women Studies International Forum, Gender, Work and Organisation,  International Journal of Human Resource Management, British journal of Management, European Academy of Management conference, Citizenship Learning and Teaching, Sexualities, Qualitative Research, Economic and Social Research Council.

Edited journals published
•    Davies, I. Hampden-Thompson, G. Tsouroufli, M. Sundaram, V. Lord, P. Jeffes, J. Guest editors of Special issue of Social Sciences Education ‘Citizenship and Community’, October 2012

Guest editing
•    Tsouroufli, M. Malcolm, I. Guest editors of Special Issue of Medical Education, ‘Equality, Diversity and Fairness in Medical Education: Critical and International perspectives’, Medical Education, 2013

Research Projects

  • Rees, C. Monrouxe, L. Tsouroufli, M. Higher Education Academy (HEA) doctoral grants, ‘Gendered identities in health care education’, November 2012

  • Tsouroufli, M.  ‘International student identities and inclusion in Higher Education’ Department of Education pump priming research fund, University of York, July 2011

  • Tsouroufli, M.  Visiting Academic at Gender Studies Department, Uppsala and Aarhus University, funded by the International office and the Department of Education, University of York, November 2010
  • Davies, I. Hampden-Thompson, G. Bramley, G. Tsouroufli, M. Creating citizenship Communities through new approaches to learning,  Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, November 2010
  • ‘Foundation doctors’ perceptions of their preparedness to practice’ Tsouroufli, M.  Leinster, S. Cavenagh, P.  Miles, S. Gibson, S. Association for Medical Education (ASME) Small Grants Scheme, January 2008
  • ‘A survey of consultant medical teachers’ perceived training needs resulting from Modernising     Medical Careers (MMC) and the European Working Time Directive (EWTD)’. Tsouroufli, M.  Payne, H. Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine, 2007
  • ‘Gender and teacher-student classroom interaction: An ethnographic study in a secondary school in Greece’, Tsouroufli, M. PhD State Scholarship Foundation, Greek Ministry of Education, 1996-2000




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