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Dr John O'Regan
Room 623a
20 Bedford Way
Tel: +44 (0)20 7331 5150
  • Reader in Applied Linguistics
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
UCL Principal Supervisor

I am Vice-Dean (International) at UCL Institute of Education, and in my academic role I am Reader in Applied Linguistics. I specialise in English as a global language, intercultural communication and critical discourse analysis, and have wide interests in political economy, critical social theory and colonial history. I have published in several journals, including the Journal of Applied Linguistics, Language and Intercultural Communication, Critical Discourse Studies, and the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong. My paper ‘English as a Lingua Franca: An Immanent Critique’ was one of the top ten most cited articles in the Journal of Applied Linguistics (2015-16). I have also edited three books for Routledge, and am a former editor of the journal Language and Intercultural Communication (2010-2015). I hold MAs in International Political Economy and in Applied Linguistics from the universities of Warwick and London (Birkbeck). My PhD is in Critical Linguistics, and is also from the University of London (IOE). I have worked in higher education for 30 years, with positions at Thames Valley University, Oxford Brookes University, and now UCL Institute of Education, where I have been since 2009. I have a long association with Hong Kong, having lived much of my early life there. I have strong interests in the East Asia region.

Research Summary

My research interests include English as a global language, intercultural communication, and critical discourse analysis, with particular reference to relationships between identity, politics and discourse. In addition, I have broad interests critical realism, poststructuralism, Marxism, the political economy of English in the world, English and international development, critical race theory, and intercultural communication. I am currently writing a book on Global English and Political Economy in the Routledge Political Economy in Applied Linguistics Series, edited by David Block. I have also recently edited, along with John Gray and Catherine Wallace, a special issue of Language and Intercultural Communication entitled ‘Education and the discourse of global neoliberalism’. Recent publications include: 

Noda, M., & O'Regan, J. P. (2019). L1 marginalisation in Japan: Monolingual instrumentalism and the discursive shift against yakudoku in the Japanese government’s Course of Study. Current Issues in Language Planning. doi:10.1080/14664208.2019.1647998

O'Regan, J. P. & Gray, J. (2018). The bureaucratic distortion of academic work: A transdisciplinary analysis of the UK Research Excellence Framework in the age of neoliberalism. Language and Intercultural Communication. 18(5), 533-548.

Simpson, W. & O’Regan, J. P., (2018). Fetishism and the language commodity: A materialist critique, Language Sciences, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2018.05.009

MacDonald, M. N. & O’Regan, J. P. (2017). Intercultural ethics. In Kim, Y. Y. (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication. Malden MA: Wiley & Sons. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118783665.ieicc0055

Teaching Summary

MA Programmes: MA Applied Linguistics, MA TESOL; Tutor: English in Diverse World Contexts; Supervisor: PhD

Current Doctoral students: Paulina Moya (PhD): Educational actors’ perceptions and experiences of SIMCE English and standardised tests. The case of Chile; Somayeh Rahimi (PhD): Struggling for mobility: A sociolinguistic study of migration projects among Iranian females; Shamsun Naher (PhD): The significance of the interpretation of Islamic scripture in the context of cultural relativity; Rommy Anabalón (PhD): Chile’s EFL teachers and their ideologies towards English as a global language; Katy Highet (PhD): An investigation of new Englishes and native resistance: Finding an equal footing in a globalised world; Will Simpson (PhD) : A political economy of English language education in east Asia; Ilaria Moschini (PhD): Fan-ethics. A critical multimodal exploration of geek cultural and semiotic practices; Nicholas Hedlund de Witt (PhD): Towards a critical realist integral theory of climate change: A theoretical and empirical study for emancipatory social innovation; Daniel Pun (PhD) Neoliberalism and the effects of private sector provision on mainstream English language education in Hong Kong; Nadim Haddad (PhD): A psychoanalysis of English in a globalized world; Sónia Fiuza (PhD): Neoliberalism in higher education: A study of the Research Excellence Framework in England.

Completed Doctoral Students: Jiang Yuanqun (2012-19): China's EFL teachers and globalization: Uncertain professional identities (PhD awarded); Rob Faurewalker (2016-19): The emergence of ‘Extremism’ and ‘Radicalisation’: An investigation into the discursive conditions that have enabled UK counter-terrorism strategy to focus on ‘radicalisation’ and ‘extremism’, and a theorisation of the impact of this focus (PhD awarded); Tomoka Sato (2012-19): Vernacular cosmopolitanism in the context of neoliberalism: The case of plurilingual Asian students in Japanese Higher Education (EdD awarded); Sharon Shiao Ying Chu (2014-18) Deriving the argument in poetry: The case of the English translations of classical Chinese poems (PhD awarded); Juliet Henderson (2010-18) Resistance and production in the ruins of student writing and pedagogy (PhD awarded); Paul Marshall (2011-16): Towards a new axial vision: A complex integral realist perspective (PhD awarded); George Cremona (2010-15): Representations of Germany and its people in Maltese GFL learning contexts. A critical interpretation (PhD awarded); Mamiko Noda (2010-15): A sociocultural study of insider discourses on English language teaching in senior high schools in Japan (PhD awarded); Pan Zimeng (2011-15): An exploration of English language ideologies held by Chinese university members on the English used by Chinese people in relation to Inner-Circle Englishes (PhD awarded); Giuliana Ferri (2010-2015): The promise of intercultural understanding and the transformative power of intercultural awareness: A problematisation of intercultural communication studies (PhD Awarded); Stamatia Kremmyda (2010-14): Resistance to change in Greek Higher Education (PhD awarded); Anne Betzel (2009-13): A discursive analysis of education policy under the Conservative-Liberal government in England (PhD awarded).

01-SEP-2018 Vice-Dean (International)   UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2016 Reader in Applied Linguistics   UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2011 Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics   UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2009 Lecturer in Applied Linguistics   UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2006   Doctor of Philosophy Institute of Education
1994   Master of Arts Birkbeck College
1990   Master of Arts University of Warwick
1983   Bachelor of Arts Leicester Polytechnic
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