I am an Associate Professor of  Applied Linguistics at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where I am also a Deputy Head of School of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

I hold a DPhil in Linguistics from the University of Sussex and a PG Cert in Social Research Methods, also from Sussex. I’m an applied linguist in the Brumfitian sense: I’m interested in ‘real-world problems in which language is a central issue’ (Brumfit 1997). Most of my research focuses in language and migration and issues related to linguistic and cultural identities. 

I am currently the Deputy Chair of the QAA Subject Benchmark Advisory Group for Linguistics. I  am on editorial boards of the Asian EFL Journal  and the Journal of Research Design and Statistics in Linguistics and Communication Science, and I was a member of the Executive Committee of BAAL from 2010 until 2015.

My various online identities:

University profile



When I’m not at work, I am a (perpetually injured) runner, scuba diver and general outdoor person. Find me up a hill or in the water.