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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

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’ is one of the top ten most cited articles in the Journal of Applied Linguistics. I have also edited two 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: Nadim Haddad (PhD): A psychoanalysis of English in a globalized world Grace Eunjoong Chung (PhD): A sociocultural study of the children of multicultural families in South Korea and their families Ilaria Moschini (PhD): 'Fan-ethics'. A critical multimodal exploration of geek cultural and semiotic practices Katy Highet (PhD): Experiencing Indian English: Attitudes towards English and its varieties across distinct socio-economic backgrounds in India Will Simpson (PhD): A political economy of English language education in east Asia: Linguistic instrumentalism or consumption? Rommy Anabalón (PhD): Chile's EFL teachers and their ideologies towards English as a global language. 

Completed Doctoral Students: Jiang Yuanqun (2012-19): China's EFL teachers and globalization: Uncertain professional identities (PhD awarded) Rob Faurewalker (2016-19): An Investigation into the creation of Islamism in government discourse (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 (PhD awarded) 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) Mariarosaria Provenzano (Post-doc 2010-2016). Hybridisation in the western-islamic discourse of finance (Associate of the IOE conferred)

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 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Applied Linguistics Institute of Education
1994 MA Master of Arts – Applied Linguistics Birkbeck College
1990 MA Master of Arts – International Relations University of Warwick
1983 BA Bachelor of Arts – History and Politics Leicester Polytechnic
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