Angel Urbina-Garcia

Dr Angel Urbina-Garcia

Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes and Lecturer in Early Childhood

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

+44 (0) 1482 463019

Dr Urbina-Garcia is a developmental psychologist with extensive experience as a lecturer - both face-to-face and online - in three continents, Asia, Europe and America.

His research and work focuses on listening to what children have to say, their wellbeing and transitions from a psycho-educational perspective in addition to investigating students' engagement in online learning.

After working as a classroom teacher for a number of years, he worked as the Regional Coordinator of Child Psychologists overseeing 19 childcare and educational centres.

He has wide experience in working with children, parents, teachers, teaching assistants and headteachers, as well as child psychologists, pedagogists, social workers, nutritionists, educators and paediatricians.

Dr Urbina-Garcia has designed and facilitated seminars, workshops and CPD courses for psychologists, teachers, headteachers, parents, child psychologists and teaching assistants.



Research Interests

  • Preschool transition
  • Listening to children’s voices
  • Digital technologies in the early years
  • Adult online learning
  • Children's well-being and emotional development 

Research groups

Working with colleagues in Scotland, Mexico, Greece, England and Australia on a number of collaborative projects focusing on psychological and educational research in face-to-face and online environments.



Urbina-Garcia, M.A. (2017) 'Preschool Teachers' Perceptions: Real Vs Ideal World'. Paper presented at the Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference of the British Psychological Association (BPS). Edinburgh, Scotland.

Urbina-Garcia, M.A. (2017) 'Listening to Children’s Voices: A systematic Review'. Paper presented at the European Early Childhood Research Association (EECERA). Bologna, Italy.

Urbina-Garcia, M.A. (2016) 'The Preschool Transition in Latin America: is it the same process than in developed countries?'. Paper presented at the European Early Childhood Research Association Annual Conference (EECERA). Dublin, Ireland

Urbina-Garcia, M.A. (2016) 'Teachers, Headteachers and Parents' Views: What do we know about the preschool transition in Latin America?'. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference (BERA); University of Leeds, UK.

Urbina-Garcia, M.A. (2014) 'Preschool Teachers’ Transitions Practices and children’s problems in transition to first grade'. Paper presented at the III International Symposium; National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico. Strasbourg, France.



Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Psychological and Sociological Perspectives in Learning
  • Learning across the Lifespan
  • International Perspectives in Early Childhood
  • Creativity in Education
  • Research Methodologies

Research PhDs

Dr Urbina is happy to hear from potential students interested in undertaking postgraduate research in any of his areas of research interest.


Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Hons
  • MPsych
  • PhD
  • MBPsS

External roles


  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • APA Member: Division 15, Educational Psychology and 7, Developmental Psychology
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • European Early Childhood Research Association (EECERA)

Reviewer for

  • Early Childhood Research Quarterly
  • European Scientific Journal
  • Journal of Education for Teaching

Awards and accolades

  • Recipient of three Excellence in Teaching Awards (UG & PG)
  • Best Teaching Practice Mention Award (PG)
  • Recipient of research funding sponsored by Newton Fund (NF) and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE); Project: EDL001, University of Hull (£1766) (2017)