EECERA 2022 Scientific Committee

Lorna Arnott, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Kate Wall, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Ioanna Palaiologou, University of Bristol, UK
Jane Murray, University of Northampton UK
Zinnia Mevawalla, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Sarika Kewalramani, Monash University, Australia
Pekka Mertala, University of Oulu, Finland
Jóhanna Einarsdóttir, University of Iceland/EECERA, Iceland
Eleni Loizou, University of Cyprus/EECERA, Cyprus
Chris Pascal, CREC/EECERA, United Kingdom

Local Organising Committee

Dr Lorna ArnottEECERA 2022 Conference Chair – is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Early Years in the School of Education, University of Strathclyde. Her research focuses on young children’s play experiences, particularly around technologies and for creativity or social interaction. She also has a keen interest in innovative and play-based methods for consultation with very young children. She is Assistant Editor for the Journal of Early Childhood Research and Deputy Editor for the International Journal of Early Years Education. She is an active member of EECERA, the founder and co-convenor of the Digital Childhoods SIG and Guest Editor for an EECERJ issue. She was the Editor of Digital Technologies and Learning in the Early Years by SAGE in 2017 and alongside Kate Wall, she is Editor for Research Through Play: Participatory Approaches for Early Childhood, SAGE.

Dr Ioanna Palaiologou CPsychol AFBPsS(PGCHE, Ph.D, MEd, BA (Hons)) is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society with specialism on cognitive and developmental psychology and was appointed as Associate Fellow of BPS in 2015. She has worked as both a university academic and child psychologist for more than 20 years and joined the School of Education (Psychology in Education) at the University of Bristol, UK in December 2021. Her research interests focus on child development and its applicability, especially in early childhood education, ethics and the role of digital technologies on pedagogy. She is the coordinator of the Special Interest Group (SIG) SIG on Transforming Assessment, Evaluation and Documentation in Early Childhood Pedagogy in the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) and also co-convenor for Network 25 Research in Children’s Right in Education in the    European Education Research Association (EERA). In 2017 EECERA annual conference she was awarded best published paper for 2016 in the European Early Childhood Education      Research Journal for her paper ‘Children under five and digital technologies: implications for early years pedagogy’

Prof Kate Wall is Professor of Education at the University of Strathclye. A primary teacher by background, her work is characterised by enquiry-based partnership with children and practitioners of all ages and stages. She is interested in methodologies for gathering learner perspectives on experience, curriculum, and metacognition, and is recognised for her work on how visual approaches with pedagogic orientations can facilitate this kind of dialogue. Kate’s work aims to generate knowledge of ethical practice for eliciting voice within a democratic community, and to do this, particularly with young children, she has needed to look to more creative methods and practices for supporting the level of participation and ensuring authentic voice.


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