Dr. Eleni Athanasiou

School : School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
Department : Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Position : Lecturer, Child Protection & Social Policy

Dr. Eleni  Athanasiou Mailing Address

22713105 22713105

Email: E.Athanasiou@euc.ac.cy E.Athanasiou@euc.ac.cy


Eleni Athanasiou joined EUC in 2009 as a Lecturer in the Social Work Programme. She has taught at Birkbeck College/University of London as part of the MSc in Youth Participation and has been involved in a research project on youth services and youth participation. She previously worked for different local authorities in the UK with children, young people and families. Eleni has an MSc in Health and Social Services from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Her dissertation focused on the framework for the assessment of children in need and their families.


Eleni completed her doctoral study at LSE that focused on multi-disciplinary and inter-agency collaboration, exploring policy implementation related to protecting children and young people from abuse and/or neglect. She also has experience of practice teaching and supervision at the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, and a teacher training qualification. Eleni is a member of various associations: the Hellenic Association of Social Workers (Greece), the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (Cyprus), and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.


PhD Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

MSc Health and Social Services, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

DipSW, Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Athens

Research Programs

Abuse and neglect; multi-disciplinary working; service users’ participation in decision making & service design; social work education and practice teaching; wellbeing and older adults.


Journal articles

  • Karpetis, G. and Athanasiou, E. (2017) Training fieldwork supervisors of social work students at a South European University: evaluation of the effectiveness of a relational psychodynamic model. Journal of Social Work Practice. 31(1): 37-49.


  • Kitromilides, E. and Athanasiou, E. (2017) Η άνοια και η μουσική. 16o Πανελλήνιο Συνέδριο Ψυχολογικής Έρευνας, Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης.
  • Athanasiou, E., Neocleous, G. and Aspris, N. (2015) Children’s responses to the crisis in Cyprus as narrated by their parents. 3rd International Conference of the International Children and Youth Research Network Conference.
  • Athanasiou, E., Neocleous, G. And Aspris, N. (2015) Οι πιέσεις που ασκούνται σε οικογένειες με παιδιά στην περιοχή του Δήμου Στροβόλου. 15o Πανελλήνιο Συνέδριο Ψυχολογικής Έρευνας, Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου.
  • Athanasiou, E. (2013) Working together to protect children; a case study of policy implementation in Greece. 13th European Regional Conference, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Conference.
  • Athanasiou E., Katzis K., Sozos N., Chouchourelou A. (2012) Introducing technology to adults in their 70s, 80s and 90s to promote happiness. European Social Survey Conference.
  • Athanasiou, E., Katzis, K. and Sozos, N. (2011) Older people and Information Technology; Inclusion and participation. Aging & Health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
  • Athanasiou, E. and Koni, A. (2011) Does the left hand know what the right one is doing?  Child protection in Greece and thoughts on Cyprus. CIF, 29th International Conference.
  • Athanasiou, E. (2011) Ένα ταξίδι χιλίων μιλίων ξεκινά με ένα βήμα. Διεθνής κοινωνική πολιτική: κοινές προκλήσεις κοινές προσεγγίσεις. ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΟΝΙΚΗ ΕΤΑΙΡΕΙΑ ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΗΣ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΚΗΣ, 4o  Διεθνές Επιστημονικό Συνέδριο.
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