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Research interests

My PhD research focuses on how refugee-background children in the UK experience language education in schools. I approach this using a Language Policy framework, examining how linguistic ideologies from all levels of society can and do affect minority students through teacher and school policies. I recently worked with 5 refugee students as part of a school ethnography in a white, working-class suburban primary school. I’m currently analysing my data using thematic analysis and critical incidents.

My wider interest is in migration, language and linguistics, and the sociology of education. More specifically, my work draws on Sociolinguistics, Language Policy Planning and Engagement, and decolonial methodologies. As I work with refugees, I believe it's important to examine their place in the English education system and their experience of power(lessness) as an already vulnerable group who also have to negotiate a systematically racist social system and increasingly anti-immigration sociopolitical sentiment (see Brexit). Key to this is a critical consideration of Standard Language Ideologies and the place of migrants within post-colonial Great Britain.

I am also active in supporting and campaigning for refugee and asylum seeker rights. I volunteer as an English teacher to two local refugee-background boys through Bath Welcomes Refugees, and in February 2019 I set up Bath STAR (Student Action for Refugees), where I sat as Chair for two years. Using my local networks, I have been able to oversee the creation of a Homework Club for local refugee-background children and have pressured the University of Bath into holding refugee-focused open days, with STAR hosting the event and bringing in refugees and asylum seekers from across the South West of England.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

TESOL, Master of Arts, Sookmyung Women's University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2015

Drama and Theatre Studies, Bachelor of Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jul 2009


  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • immigration
  • asylum
  • refugee
  • integration
  • ESOL
  • language
  • social cohesion
  • Education
  • Refugees
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Integration
  • Primary Education
  • EAL
  • ESOL
  • Language
  • Linguistics
  • Sociology of Education
  • Migration
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Minority Education
  • Experience


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