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  • Senior Research Fellow, University College London, Institute of Education

  • Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies & Early Years,   Manchester Metropolitan University 

  • Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, Open University

  • Visiting academic at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate, Booktrust and Open University, UK

  • Visiting Pre-doctoral Fellow, Department of Education, Harvard University, USA

  • Associate Lecturer, Open University

Short biography interviews on the Harvard Alumni Spotlight and British Council.

In 2017-2019 Natalia received the Future Leader Fund by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK)  "Supporting early language development and interest in reading with digital personalised books".


Natalia works as Professor of Early Childhood Education and Development at the University of Stavanger, Norway and Professor of Reading and Children’s Development at The Open University, UK and Visiting Professor at University College London.


  • Co-Editor of Reading research quarterly (Past Co-Editor of Literacy)

  • Co-Editor with Deborah W. Rowe for Bloomsbury Academic Book Series Children's reading & writing on screen

  • Member of Editorial Board for Journal of Early Childhood Literacy; The Reading Teacher; International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction and The Open Family Studies Journal


  • Save The Children & London Hackney Trust 

  • Oxford University Press 

  • The Open University NP3 project

  • The Norwegian Publishers


  • ESRC Peer Review College, UK

  • Swiss National Science Foundation

  • The Polish Ministry of Science & Higher Ed

  • Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education


Natalia is Committee Member for Sandnes

Red Cross (Røde Kors Norge)

and Patron for the charity Just Be a Child.


2020-2021 Visiting Professor at the Centre for Literacy, Malta


professor Kucirkova presents her work at four international conferences this year:

The UKLA International Conference, The Society for Scientific Studies of Reading Annual Meeting, The IGEL Int. Conference and EARLI Biannual Meeting


Natalia co-developed the award winning Massive Open Online Course ‘Childhood in the digital age’ offered by the Open University and FutureLearn and a professional development online course for UK teachers interested in supporting children’s reading with apps and e-books. This course is offered by the National Literacy Trust  across the UK.

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Natalia is the Jacobs Foundation Fellow in 2021-2023. As part of her Fellowship project, she will combine innovative technologies with traditional research methods with the goal of enhancing children’s literacy in three countries: Malawi, Norway and England.​
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