Christodoulou Michail

Assistant Professor

Department of Pedagogy & Social Exclusion
Methodology of Educational Research




Michalis Christodoulou holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (University of Crete), a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (University of Patras) and a PhD in Sociology of Education (University of Patras).

He has worked for several years as a university teacher at the University of Patras, of Peloponnese and at the Hellenic Open University where he delivered courses on the methodology of social sciences.

He has been member in various research teams which have carried out state-funded research works related to educational and social exclusion issues.

His research interest and publications revolve around issues of quantitative and qualitative research design, of epistemology of social research and of qualitative data analysis.

  • Tsiolis, Giorgos and Michalis Christodoulou. 2020. Social causation and biographical research. Philosophical, theoretical and methodological arguments. London: Routledge

  • Christodoulou, M. 2019. Critical Realism and Biographical Methods in Qualitative Research. Philosophical issues and research applications, Patras: Opportuna ISBN: 978-960-553-053-2 (in Greek) 

  • Christodoulou Michalis, & Manos Spyridakis (eds.), (2019), Emotions, temporalities and working-class identities in the 21st century, New York: Nova Publishers, ISBN: 978-1-53616-203-5

  • Christodoulou, M. 2017. Post-secondary life-course transitions: Decision making, identities and risk in adolescence, Patras: Opportuna, ISBN: 978-960-553-042-6 (in Greek)

  • Christodoulou, Michalis. 2021. School-to-university transition: the paradox of motivated but undecided students, Open Journal for Sociological Studies, 5(1): 1-16

  • Christodoulou M. 2019. The singular and the universal in urban ethnography. How mechanism-based explanations enable generalizability, Urbanities-Journal of Urban Ethnography, 9(2): 99-115

  • Christodoulou M., (2019), Rethinking descriptivism and explanation in legitimacy debate. Highlighting the role of causal process(es) on ethnographic theory, Urbanities-Journal of Urban Ethnography. 9(2): 133-140

  • Christodoulou M., (2019) On the temporal nature of sociality. A guide for researching social time, In M. Christodoulou & M. Spyridakis (eds.), Emotions, temporalities and working-class identities in the 21st century, New York: Nova Publishers

  • Christodoulou M., & Kiprianos P., (2012), “Moral Subjects, Healthy Adolescents: Analyzing the Discourse of Health Education in Greek Secondary Education” Social Theory and Health, 10(4): 309-27.  

  • Χριστοδούλου Μ., (2019), O ρόλος της Βιογραφικής Μεθόδου στην εκπαίδευση των εκπαιδευτικών. Από τη vita contemplativa στη vita activa, Τόμος Πρακτικών από το 11ο Πανελλήνιο Συνέδριο της Παιδαγωγικής Εταιρείας Ελλάδος με θέμα: «Βασική και συνεχιζόμενη εκπαίδευση των εκπαιδευτικών σε ένα σύνθετο και μεταβαλλόμενο περιβάλλον» (23-25 Νοεμβρίου 2018, Πάτρα), ISBN: 978-618-82469-2-8

  • Christodoulou M., Kiprianos P., & Papachristopoulou E., (2018), Becoming a lifelong learner through life disruptions. Exploring motivational pathways in Second Chance Schools’ students, Sociological Research Online, pp.1-16,

  • Christodoulou Μ, Bousia C, Kiprianos P., (2018), The life–course formation of teachers’ profession. How emotions affect VET teachers’ social identity, Revista Espanola de Sociologia, 11(2): 280-296

  • Christodoulou M., (2018), is educational policy a matter of doxa? Overcoming the fact/value distinction in educational policy practice, Academia: Α Publication of the Higher Education Policy Network, 11(1): 4-27

  • Χριστοδούλου Μ., (2017), Γιατί οι εξηγήσεις των ποιοτικών δεδομένων δεν είναι ισοσθενείς: ένα επιστημολογικό επιχείρημα από το πεδίο της ανθρωπολογίας της εργασίας, στο Μ., Σπυριδάκης – Χ. Καρακιουλάφη (επ.), Κοινωνία, ανεργία και κοινωνική αναπαραγωγή, σσ. 446-468, Αθήνα: Τυπωθήτω-Gutenberg


Participation in survey research carried out by the Laboratory of Continuing Education and Training of the Department of Elementary Education (University of Patras) and entitled (University transitions). Research task: construction of the Reports “research methodology” and “quantitative data analysis”



Member of research team in the Research Work entitled “Cultural determinants of social-class identities: culture and working class in Western Attica”. Research task: construction of the Reports “research methodology” and “qualitative data analysis”