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Language and globalisation

Language and globalisation is a key topic in the Language and Literacies Research Cluster within the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). Globalisation can be understood broadly as a set of major technological, political, economic and socio-cultural changes which have intensified over recent decades and made the world more interconnected. Questions we seek answers to include: How are issues around language and communication affected by processes of globalisation? What role do language and communication play in processes of globalisation? What is the relationship between globalisation and practices such as multilingualism and language mixing? What discourses – ways of talking and writing about these issues – circulate in the public and private spheres? What can we learn about globalisation by looking at contemporary linguistic and communicative practices? What new theories are needed – if any – to account for the complexity of communication in the globalised world?

Qualifications available:



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Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) plus either a masters degree or research methods training at masters level (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

  • The role of English in non-English-dominant contexts
  • Language policy and practice in a globalised world
  • Language learning and multilingualism
  • English for development purposes
  • English in global knowledge production

Current/recent research projects

  • The increasing role of English in global higher education, scholarship and science
  • English-medium instruction in schools in Ghana and India
  • Academic writing for publication in a global context
  • English Studies in global higher education contexts

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Mrs Anne Foward
+44 (0)1908 655364

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.