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- Digital Literacy, Language and New Media
- TESOL, Language Education and Applied Linguistics
- Epistemologies in online contexts


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Research Interests

I am Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Education & Social Work.

Much of my research is at the intersections of applied linguistics and higher education. I currently have active research interests in writing and literacy as a social practice (more recently in the context of heritage and religion), and contemporary digital literacy and epistemology.

Between 2021-23, I was a recipient of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a study called Literacy & Harmony: A Study of Sino-Muslim Heritage Literacy in China.  This researched involved working with a team across various provinces in China. More on the project here. Following this, I won a British Academy grant to undertake a project on heritage literacy in Hong Kong SAR.

My current book (under contract with Bloomsbury, 2025) is Heritage Literacy in the Lives of Chinese Muslims. Another recent book is titled A Semiotics of Muslimness in China (2023) and published with Cambridge University Press. Both books draw from extensive fieldwork in Sino-Muslim communities across China. 

Other work includes: The Epistemology of Deceit (2021) by Springer; a 2019 co-authored monograph Academics Writing: The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation; my 2017 monograph Assignments as Controversies (both published by Routledge/T&F); as well as various published research articles in these areas of interest.

Prior to joining Queen's University Belfast, I was a Senior Researcher on a 2 year ESRC project which investigated the changing nature of academic work, writing, and knowledge creation in English universities.

Previous affiliations include Lancaster University and the University of Bradford. I received my PhD from the University of Leeds (ESRC funded) for a thesis which investigated the impact of digital media on the literacy practices of adult learners.


I supervise doctoral projects on issues related to literacy and writing, digital literacy, language education, and digital epistemologies. Researchers and potential collaborators are welcome to contact me about working in these areas.

Between 2018 and 2021 I was the Director of the MSc TESOL at Queen’s University Belfast. I currently lead on the module Digital Literacy & Communication (EDU7273) and also contribute to the MRes Social Research Methods on the module Social Science Research Online.

I serve as External Examiner at the University of Edingburgh.

I have conducted Visiting Professor activities at Jilin University (China), Yogyakarta State University (Indonesia), Diponegoro University (Indonesia), and Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University (Indonesia).

I have not always worked in Universities. My career began in community learning, Further Education (where I taught on Adult ESOL and Literacy courses), and awarding bodies. 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.


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