Katerina Mavrou

Contact email: K.Mavrou@euc.ac.cy


PhD in Education (Technology and Disability),  University of Birmingham (2007)
MEd in Special and Inclusive Education, University of Manchester (1999)
BA in Education (Primary Education), University of Cyprus (1998)
European Certificate in E-Learning Course Design and Teaching, Open University of Catalonia (Universita Oberta de Catalunya) (2013)
Certificate in Assistive Technology, CSUN (2006)

Academic Experience    

2010 – Today  Associate Professor, Inclusive Education and Assistive Technology
European University Cyprus, Department of Educational Sciences, Nicosia, Cyprus
 Spring 2013  Visiting Assistant Professor, Inclusive Education      
University of CyprusDepartment of Educational Sciences, Nicosia, Cyprus                                                                                                                     
 Fall 2011 Special Scientist
Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Limassol, Cyprus
 Spring 2011 Special Scientist,
University of Cyprus, Department of Educational Sciences, Nicosia, Cyprus
 2007 – 2010 Lecturer/Scientific Collaborator (Inclusive Education and Educational Technology),
European University CyprusDepartment of Educational Sciences, Nicosia, Cyprus
 2006 – 2007  Part-time Instructor
Cyprus College, Nicosia, Cyprus
 Spring 2002  Teacher Assistant (Assistantship)
Arizona State University, USA

Other Professional Experience

 2005 – 2010  Assistive Technology Coordinator 
Ministry of Education and Culture, Nicosia, Cyprus
 2003-2005 Special Educational Needs Coordinator
Ministry of Education and Culture, Nicosia, Cyprus
 2000-2005  Special Educational Needs Teacher
Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus
 1999-2000  Teacher of Public Elementary Schools Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal and Conference Proceedings Articles

Meletiou-Mavrotheris, M., Carrilho, A.R., Charalambous, C., Mavrou, K. Christou, Ch. (2020). Teacher Training for ‘Augmented Reading’: The Living Book Approach and Initial Results. Education Sciences. 10(5), 144, https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10050144 [link]

Andrich, R., Norman, G., Mavrou, K., Roentgen, U., Daniels, R., Desideri, L., Donnelly, D., Kanto-Ronkanen, A. & De Witte, L. (2019). Towards a global quality framework for Assistive Technology Service Delivery. Proceedings of the GReAT Consultation 2019: Global Perspectives on Assistive Technology, Global Report on effective access to Assistive Technology (GReAT) Initiative. [link

Symeonidou, K. & Mavrou, K. (2019). Problematizing disabling discourses around assessment and placement: Can interdependence inform an alternative narrative? European Journal of Special Needs Education. 35(1), 70-84 [link]

Meletiou-Mavrotheris, M., Mavrou, K., Chatzipanayiotou, P. & Vryonides, M. (2018). Taking digital teaching and learning seriously at European University Cyprus, International Journal of Euro-Mediterranean Studies, 11, 49-56.

Desmond, D., Layton, N., Bentley, J. Boot, F.H., Borg, J., Dhungana, B.M., Gallagher, P., Gitlow, L., Gowran, R.J., Groce, N., Mavrou, K., Mackeogh, T., McDonald, R., Pettersson, C. & Scherer, M. (2018). Assistive Technology and People: A Position Paper from the First Global Research, Innovation, and Education on Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. 13(5), 437-444. [link]

Liasidou, A. & Mavrou, K. (2017). Disability Rights in Higher Education Programs: The case of medical schools and other health-related disciplines. Sociology Science & Medicine, 191, 143-150. [link]

Mavrou, K. & Loizou-Raouna, M. (2017). Digital Skills Development and ICT in Inclusive Education: Experiences from Cyprus Schools, Studies in Health Technology Informatics, 242, 828-837.

Hoogerwerf, E.J., Solander-Gross, A., Mavrou, K., Traina, I. & Hersh, M. (2017). A self-assessment framework for inclusive schools supporting Assistive Technology users, Studies in Health Technology Informatics, 242, 820-827.

Mavrou, K., Meletiou-Mavrotheris, M., Karki A., Sallinen, & Hoogerwerf, E.J., M. (2017). Opportunities and challenges related to ICT and ICT-AT use by people with disabilities: an explorative study into factors that impact on the digital divide. Technology and Disability, 29, 63-75.

Theodorou, K. & Mavrou, K. (2017). iConstruct: virtual disabilities in online settings. Disability and Society, 32(4), 542-564.  [link]

Preece, D., Symeou, L., Stošić, J., Troshanska. J., Mavrou, K.,Theodorou, E. & Frey Škrinjar, J. (2016). Accessing parental perspectives to inform the development of parent training in autism in south-eastern Europe. European Journal of Special Needs Education. 32(2), 252-269DOI: 10.1080/08856257.2016.1223399 (online) [link]

Mavrou, K., & Hoogerwerf, E.J. (2016). Towards full digital inclusion: the ENTELIS manifesto against the digital divide, Journal of Assistive Technologies, 10(3), 171-174 [link]

Mavrou, K., Hoogerwerf, E.J., Meletiou-Mavrotheris, M., Karki A. & Sallinen, M. (2015). A conceptual framework related to ICT-AT competence development: The theoretical foundations of ENTELIS. Studies in Health Technology Informatics, 217, 664-70 [link]

Mavrou K, & Meletiou-Mavrotheris M. (2015). Views and considerations on ICT-AT competences development within the ENTELIS project: The Case of Cyprus. Studies in Health Technology Informatics, 217, 671-8 [link]

Mavrou, K., &  Symeonidou, S. (2014). Employing the principles of Universal Design for Learning to deconstruct the Greek-Cypriot new national curriculum.International Journal of Inclusive Education, 18(9), 918-933 [link]

Symeonidou, S., & Mavrou, K. (2014). Deconstructing the Greek-Cypriot new national curriculum: to what extent are disabled children considered in the ‘humane and democratic school’ of Cyprus? Disability and Society, 29(2), 303–316. DOI:10.1080/09687599.2013.796879 [link]

Mavrou, K. (2013) Web site review, Journal of Assistive Technologies7( 4) p. 243 [link]
Mavrou, K., Charalambous, E. & Michaelides, M. (2013). Graphic Symbols for All: Using symbols in developing the ability of questioning in young children. Journal of Assistive Technologies. 7(1), 22-34 [link] - Winner of the 2014 Highly Commended Paper Award

Mavrou, K. (2012) Examining peer acceptance in verbal and non-verbal interaction during computer supported collaborative learning: Implications for Inclusion. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 16(2), 119-138 [link]

Mavrou, K. (2011) Changing the state of mind of postgraduate students about Technology, Disability and Inclusive Education: Theory or Practice? Journal of Assistive Technologies, 5(3), 131-139. [link]

Michaelidou, E., Mavrou, K. and Zaphiris, P. (2012) eInclusion @ Cyprus Universities:Provision and Web Accessibility. In CHI’12 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Proceedings, Texas, Austin, ACM 978 1-4503-1016-1/12/05 [link]

Mavrou, K. (2011). Assistive Technology as an Emerging Policy and Practice: Processes, Challenges and Future Directions. Technology and Disability, 23(1), 41-52. [link]

Mavrou, K., Lewis, A. and Douglas, G. (2010). Researching computer-based collaborative learning in inclusive classrooms in Cyprus: The role of the computer in pupils’ interaction. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41(3), 486-501 doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.00960.x. [link]

Mavrou, K., Lewis, A. and Douglas, G. (2007). The Use of Transana as a Video Analysis Tool in Researching Computer-Based Collaborative Learning in Inclusive Classrooms in Cyprus. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 30(2), 163-178. [link]


Meletiou-Mavrotheris, M., Mavrou, K., and Paparistodemou, E. (Eds.) (2015). Integrating Touch-Enabled and Mobile Devices into Contemporary Mathematics Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global [link]

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia entries

Meletiou-Mavrotheris, M., Charalambous, C., Mavrou, K., Dimopoulos, C., Anastasi, P., Lasica, I.E., Stylianidou, N., & Vasou, C. (2019). Empowering Teachers to Augment Students’ Reading Experience: The Living Book Project Approach. To be published In Th. Prodromou (Ed.), Augmented Reality in Educational Settings. Brill, Sense Education.

Mavrou, K. (2019). Assisting people with Physical Disabilities through technology. In A. Tatnall (Ed), Encyclopedia of Education and Information Systems. Springer. Cham

Meletiou-Mavrotheris, M., Mavrou, K.,  Vaz-Rebelo, P., Santos, S., Tenhonen, P., Riska, M., Sundstrom, M. & Pilt, L. (2017) Technology Adoption in Higher Education: A Cross-National Study of University Faculty Perceptions, Attitudes, and Practices. In P. Tripathi, & S. Mukerji, Technology-Centric Strategies for Higher Education Administration, Hershey, PA: IGI Global [link]

Mavrou, K. and Theodorou, E. (2016). Chrisimopiontas logismiko analysis stin piotiki erevna: ta sin, ta plin ke ta lipa. [Using data analysis software in qualitative research: cons, pros et cetera]. In I. Pyrgiotakis and Chr. Theofilides (Eds). Erevnitiki methodologia stis koinonikes epistimes kai stin ekpedefsi: symvoli stin epistimologiki theoria kai tin erevnitiki praxi [Research methodology in social sciences and education: contribution to the scientific theory and research practice], (pp. 369-395), Athens: Pedio.

Stylianou, G. & Mavrou, K. (2015). Using smartphones for orientation training for the visually impaired. In M. Meletiou-Mavrotheris, K. Mavrou, and E. Paparistodemou  (Eds.) Integrating Touch-Enabled and Mobile Devices into Contemporary Mathematics Education (Chapter 13, pp. 284-306). Hershey, PA: IGI Global [link]

Meletiou-Mavrotheris, M., Mavrou, K., Stylianou, G., Mavromoustakos, St. & Christou, G. (2014).  Teaching Mathematics with Tablet PCs: A Professional Development Program Targeting Primary School Teachers. In A. Heejung, S. Alon & D. Fuentes (Eds). Tablets in K-12 Education: Integrated Experiences and Implications, (Chapter 12), IGI Global: PA [link]

Mavrou, K. and Meletiou-Mavrotheris, M. (2013). Flying a math class?: Using Web-Based Simulations in Primary Teachers Training & Education. In S. Mukerji & P. Tripathi (Ed), Handbook of Research on Transnational Higher Education Management, (pp. 391-417). IGI Global:PA  [link]

Meletiou-Mavrotheris, M., and Mavrou, K. (2013). Web-Based Simulations for the Training of Mathematics Teachers. In A.D. Ritzhaupt, and S. Kumar (Eds), Cases on Educational Technology Implementation for Facilitating Learning, (pp. 308-340). IGI Global: PA [link]

Meletiou-Mavrotheris, M. and Mavrou, K. (2012). Bridging the Gap between Teacher Preparation and Practice: The simSchool virtual classroom. In C. Vrasidas & P. Panaou (Ed), Design Thinking in Education, Media and Society. International Council for Educational Media (ICEMM) (available at http://www.academia.edu/1999251/Digital_literacy_practices_and_their_layered_multiplicity_a_focus_for_study).

Anaxagorou, G., Mavrou, K. and Lambrianou, I. (2012). H Technologia os ergaleio sta cheria tou apotelesmatikou Igeti scholikis monadas. [Technology as a tool in the hands of an effective school leader]. In M. Nicolaidou (Ed.) Ekpedeftiki Igesia, E, ke? Chartografontas to pedio tis Igesias stin Ekpedefsi: Apo ti Theoria, stin Erevna kai tin Praktiki [School Leadership. So what? Mapping the field of Leadership in Education: From Theory to Research and Practice] Athens: ION.

Funded and Other Research Projects (recent and indicative)

Editorial Boards

Technology and Disability, Associate Editor, Editorial board (2011-present, 2016-present associate editor)
Intervention in School and ClinicEditorial board: (2016-present)

Other Reviewing Activities

Annual European AAATE Conference (2011 - present)
Computers and Education (Journal), (2008 - present)
Social Science & Medicine (Journal), (2013 - present)
International Advisory Board, RehabTech Asia, 2013 (2012-2013)
Marie Curie IAPP programme VALUE AGEING Project (Scenarios Evaluation), Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship, Rome-Italy (May-June 2012)
iDecide - KA3 EU funded Project (Templates Evaluation, February 2017)

International and European Bodies and Associations

2018-2019President-Elect (Elected) of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE)
2015–todayMember (nominated and invited) of the GATE Community: Initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) for defining priorities in Assistive Technology Products
2017–today:Member (nominated and invited) of the GREAT (Global Research, Innovation, and Education in Assistive Technology):  Initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) for defining the Global priority research agenda to further the aims GATE 
Other Memberships and Associations/Networks Representative

  • Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) - President & National Contact Person
  • Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED) - Cyprus expert team coordinator
  • Association for Computer Machinery (Special Interest: Accessibility) (ACM – SIGACCESS)
  • European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) Joint Researchers Forum 
  • European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society (ENTELIS): Steering Committee Member
  • European Assistive Technology Information Network (EASTIN) - National Contact
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Representative of Cyprus as an emerging country) (ISAAC)
  • Cyprus Pedagogical Association -Past Board Committee and currently coordinator of the Special Interest Group on Inclusive Education