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Biography

Dimi Kaneva joined the University in 2018. Dimi’s interests and teaching are in the areas of childhood studies, the sociology of childhood, young children’s voice and agency, and qualitative research methods.

Dimi’s research is concerned with exploring children’s voices and experiences through creative, participatory and child-centred research methods. Dimi is the Principal Investigator for a British Academy funded project (2023-2025) exploring young children’s experiences of family life post the Covid-19 pandemic through play-based research methods.

Dimi is also the Academic Lead and Supervisor for an Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Fresh Futures. The KTP aims to strengthen Fresh Futures' evidence-base and thought-leadership expertise for the development of early intervention support mechanisms and resources to encourage healthy family relationships.

The University of Huddersfield's Collaborative Ventures Fund supported Dimi’s research to explore the value and role of the arts when working with children in the early years and in primary schools in 2022.

In 2022-2023 Dimi developed a research partnership with colleagues from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, to explore children’s perceptions of self, difference and migration through storytelling and arts-based research methods. This research was supported by the University’s International Collaboration Fund.

While completing her ESRC-funded PhD ‘Understanding the experiences and engagement of children labelled as having English as an additional language in different school contexts: The case of primary to secondary school transition’ at the University of Manchester, Dimi worked as a Research Assistant on a on a number of large-scale projects including the Coalition of Research Schools (a partnership that fostered collaborative inquiry in outstanding schools across Greater Manchester through action research projects) and Responding to Diversity by Engaging Student Voices (a project exploring ways to strengthen student voice within schools in three different countries).

Previously, Dimi has worked in a range of education settings, including private day nurseries, state-maintained nurseries, children’s centres, primary schools and special schools both in England and Bulgaria. Prior to joining the University, Dimi taught on early years and childhood studies courses at the University of Bolton.

Dimi is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (formerly, HEA).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner BA (Hons) Childhood Studies, University of Leeds

1 Oct 202230 Sep 2026

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Children and childhood
  • The voice of the child
  • Agency and engagement in educational contexts
  • Researching with young children
  • Creative research methods and arts-based research
  • English as an additional language
  • Difference and diversity

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