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Dr Vasiliki Tzibazi

Senior Lecturer

Department of Early Childhood and Education , School of Education and Communities

Dr Tzibazi is a senior lecturer in museum education with expertise in participatory research with community groups, children, young people, teachers and artists.

She is also the course leader for BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies.

Areas Of Interest

  • Museum pedagogy and learning
  • Participatory research with children
  • Creative interpretation in museums, galleries and heritage sites
  • Embodied learning
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Senior lecturer in museum education with expertise in participatory research with community groups, children, young people, teachers and artists. Vasiliki has presented papers in international academic and professional conferences and led successfully collaborative interdisciplinary research projects. Accredited with a Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy developed innovative programmes in Higher Education for museum workforce and educators, holds a creative teaching portfolio in curriculum design for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in teacher education, childhood and education studies, supervised Ed D/PhD theses and led empirical projects on the transformative role of the museum experience.

She is an experienced external examiner in HE, a reviewer for international publishing houses and a member of professional and research bodies (National Associate Pool of Researchers 2017-2021, Group for Education in Museums, Engage in Visual Arts, Museum Association).


  • The professional identity of museum educators 
  • Children's agency and museum pedagogy 


Indicative past research/consultancy

  • (2021) Consultancy for the 2nd Experimental pre-school of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki/collaboration with Dr Dimitra Zapri
  • (2019-2021) Democratising the body in gallery spaces/interpreting art through movement (Southampton City Art Gallery)
  • (2018-2019) Exploring the embodied nature of the museum experience (Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, Southampton Sea City Museum)
  • (2016-2017) Children as researchers - interpreting a local archaeological site (Elementary School of Nature and Colours, Fourfouras, Rethymno, Crete)
  • (2012-2013) Museum education in N.Y.C (Bank street College, N.Y. C. Museum-school)
  • (2007-2012) Student teachers' experiences of museum learning and collaborative projects with museums in Hampshire (Series of Projects funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council)
  • (2009-2011) Becoming a teacher in Primary education: student teachers’ perceptions of teacher identity and professionalism in an Initial Teacher Education Programme
  • (2006-2009) Cultural pathfinder & cultural entitlement programmes in the South East (funded by the DCMS in collaboration with independent museums in Kent and the Canterbury Museums and Galleries)
  • (2003-2006) Researching primary schoolchildren's experiences of drama and theatre programmes in museums and heritage sites (Clarke Hall in Wakefield, Museum of London)


  • (in print) Museum Pedagogy and Early Years Children: A critique of research, policy and practice. Thessaloniki: Vanias
  • (2018) Museum Education and Democracy. Journal of the Comenius association, No 27, 17-18
  • (2015) 'The embodied perspective in museum experience' in Pourkos M. (ed.) The absent presence of the body and lived experience in processes of education, learning and development. Athens: Topos (p.p.519-532)
  • (2014), Primary schoolchildren's experiences of participatory theatre in a heritage site, Primary Education 3-13, (498-516)
  • (2013), Participatory Action Research with Young People in Museums, Museum Management and Curatorship, Vol. 28, (2), pp. 153-171.
  • (2009) 'Museum Theatre: Children's Reading of First Person Interpretation in Museums' in Ashton P. & Kean H. (eds) People and their Pasts. Public History Today, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (p.p. 163-182)


  • 2019, KA 203 Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education (EU funding, Project: Early years and outdoors learning (principal investigator for the University of Winchester €36,000, total grant value €345,000)
  • Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (£1,500)
  • Research Knowledge Exchange - University of Winchester (total amount of grants £15,000)
  • Museums Libraries &Archives-(3projects on CPD and museum partnership, total £15,000)
  • Group for Education in Museums, Research Bursary
  • William Ruddick Scholarship, Leicester University
  • Scholarship Koukoufli for PhD research in Arts, Council of Thessaloniki (£4,800)
  • States Scholarships Foundation, Athens, Greece following exams in museum education (£30,800)


BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

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