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Personal profile


I am the Director for the MSc TESOL at Queen’s University Belfast, and lead on the following modules: Digital Literacy & Communication (EDU7273) and Issues in Language Assessment for TESOL (EDU7253). I also contribute to the MRes Social Research Methods on the module Social Science Research Online, and supervise doctoral projects on issues related to language education, literacy & writing research, digital literacy & educational technology. Aspiring researchers and collaboraters are welcome to contact me about ideas in these areas.

Research Interests

My research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of applied linguistics (including TESOL), literacy studies, and higher education. Much of this recently has been concerned with digital literacy and writing, and these interests emerge through two recent books: My 2017 book 'Assignments as Controversies' and a 2019 co-authored monograph 'Academics Writing: The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation' (both published by Routledge/T&F).

I am also interested in the writing practices and knowledge creating work of academics across contemporary universities. Prior to joining Queen's University, I was a Senior Researcher on a 2 year ESRC project which investigated the changing nature of academic work, writing, and knowledge creation.

I received my PhD from the University of Leeds (ESRC funded) for a thesis which investigated the impact of cyberspace and digital media on the literacy practices of adult learners during the writing of their course assignments. I conducted fieldwork informed by 'screen-in-screen' videographies to capture writing unfolding.

Prior to this, I was employed at the University of Bradford in a project management capacity on a JISC funded learning innovation project.

I have not always worked in Universities. My career began in community learning and Further Education where I taught on and managed Adult ESOL and Literacy courses. It is from this context that my interest in literacy and language learning began to emerge: through observing how people who were otherwise marginalised and displaced could - through their digital literacies - become core participants of communities in digital environments, and thus radically transform their lives.


I am a trustee and Governing Council member for the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), and also co-convener of the Society's Digital University Network. I also serve on the Editorial Boards of two journals: T&F's Teaching in Higher Education, and Springer's Post Digital Science & Education.

Web Links:
Twitter: @ibrar_bhatt
Website: http://ibrarspace.net

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Research Output

Lies, Bullshit and Fake News: Some Epistemological Concerns

MacKenzie, A. & Bhatt, I., Jan 2020, In : Postdigital Science and Education. 2, 1, p. 9-13 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Opposing the power of lies, bullshit and fake news: the value of truth

MacKenzie, A. & Bhatt, I., 2020, In : Postdigital Science and Education. 2, 1, p. 217-232 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 45 Downloads (Pure)


    Khan, S. & Bhatt, I., Feb 2019, The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy. Hobbs, R. & Mihailidis, P. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Just Google it! Digital literacy and the epistemology of ignorance

    Bhatt, I. & MacKenzie, A., 20 Feb 2019, In : Teaching in Higher Education. 24, 3, p. 302-317 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)


    Article of the Month, Issue 3, Teaching in Higher Education, 2019

    Alison MacKenzie (Recipient) & Ibrar Bhatt (Recipient), 02 Jun 2019

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Best Concise Paper Award

    Ibrar Bhatt (Recipient) & Alison MacKenzie (Recipient), Nov 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Ibrar Bhatt (Recipient), Jun 2018

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Trustee and Member of Governing Council of the SRHE

    Ibrar Bhatt (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Election to learned society


    Teaching in Higher Education (Journal)

    Ibrar Bhatt (Editorial board member)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Writing up a postgraduate project: Common issues arising from Chinese students

    Ibrar Bhatt (Advisor)
    Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Postdigital Science and Education (Journal)

    Ibrar Bhatt (Editorial board member)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Doctoral Thesis External Examiner

    Ibrar Bhatt (Examiner)
    Dec 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    European University Cyprus

    Ibrar Bhatt (Visiting lecturer)
    Apr 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

    Press / Media

    New media, digital literacty and the mechanics of trust

    Ibrar Bhatt & Alison MacKenzie


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment