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

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.

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).

Dimi’s research is concerned with exploring children’s voices and experiences through creative, participatory and child-centred research methods. She has received grants from the University of Huddersfield Collaborative Ventures Fund and International Collaboration Fund to develop projects that explore the value and role of the arts when working with children in the early years and in primary schools. The ICF project, currently underway, includes a partnership with colleagues at the University of Cape Town.

Dimi is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE.

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

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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