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Research Focus

At present, I work as a Research Fellow in the ARK team in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen's University Belfast. Prior to this, I held a Research Fellow position at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, also at Queen's University Belfast. During my time in these roles, I had the privilege of being part of dedicated research teams, working collaboratively on various impactful projects. These included: 

Currently, I am working on the three ARK surveys. They include: the Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) Survey (NILT), the Young Life and Times (YLT) Survey, and the Kids' Life and Times (KLT) Survey. Additionally, I am working on the Toddlers, Tech and Talk research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Research Interests

I'm a multilingual speaker, and my academic background centers around language learning and teaching. I have developed a solid foundation in various aspects of this field, including heritage language learning. This particular area of study holds a special place in my interests.

I find immense fascination in delving into the intricate relationship between language, motivation, and identity. It is captivating to witness the journey of bilingual and multilingual learners as they navigate the vast realm of languages and simultaneously discover their subjective identities.

Heritage language learning, in particular, has captured my attention. I am deeply intrigued by the process through which individuals reconnect with their cultural and linguistic roots, embracing their heritage languages and preserving their cultural identity.

I'm also captivated by the impact of digital communication and literacy on language learning and teaching. As technology advances, it becomes increasingly vital to understand how digital tools can enhance language acquisition and facilitate effective communication in our interconnected world

With my academic background and a genuine passion for language learning, teaching, and heritage languages, I am driven to contribute meaningfully to this field. I am eager to explore new insights and approaches that can empower individuals to fully embrace and develop their linguistic and cultural heritage.

My key areas of interest include

  • Bilingual/Multilingual Learning and Teaching
  • Heritage Languages Learning and Teaching 
  • English as a Second Language
  • Chinese as a Second Language
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language, Motivation and Identity
  • Cultural Capital and Linguistic Capital
  • Digital Communication and Literacy


  • I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Certificate of Qualification to Teach Mandarin Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language from the Taiwan Ministry of Education
  • Certificate of Qualification to Teach Heritage Languages from the Taiwan Hakka Affairs Council


Associate of ARK (2023 - present)

Committee Member of SSESW Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) 

Committee Member of Queen's University Postdoc Society 

Member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA)

Member of  Association for Learning Technology (ALT)

Member of Centre For Language Education Research

Member of iRise (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network)

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • L Education (General)
  • Second language
  • Bilingual
  • Multilingual
  • Digital


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