Department of Education

Mr Ioannis Costas Batlle

Lecturer in Education with expertise in young people's education within charities, out-of-school school activities, and youth groups

LecturerBEng, MA

1 West North 4.14
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5866

Research membership:
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Sport improves young people's behaviour: myth-busted?


I am interested in the role of non-formal and informal education in society. Non-formal education refers to structured learning opportunities outside of school or university, whilst informal education encompasses unplanned, spontaneous learning opportunities outside school or university.

Coming from an interdisciplinary background, my research focuses on educational theory, psychology, sociology, and social and educational policy. Using this interdisciplinary approach, my PhD explored how a UK sports charity supported disadvantaged young people's development.

I am also passionate about sharing academic research with members of the public, and I am particularly interested in the dissemination of academic findings using creative tools such as humour. In 2016, I was shortlisted for the Vice Chancellor's Award for Public Engagement in Research.

Research interests

  • Non-formal and informal education
  • Young people's development
  • Educational disadvantage
  • Neoliberalism and governmentality
  • Critical pedagogy

research projects

  • Research with the charity 1625 Independent People
  • Community Matters


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