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Prof John O'Regan
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Tel: +44 (0)20 7331 5150
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  • Professor of Critical Applied Linguistics
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am Professor of Critical Applied Linguistics at UCL Institute of Education and I am IOE Vice-Dean (International)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 imperial 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 (IOE). I have worked in higher education for over 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 in critical realism, poststructuralism, Marxism, the political economy of English in the world, English and international development, migration studies, and intercultural communication. Recent publications include: 

O'Regan, J. P. (2021). Global English and Political Economy. London: Routledge.

Gray, J., O’Regan, J. P., Wallace, C. (2021). (Eds.) Education and the Discourse of Global Neoliberalism. London: Routledge.

Simpson, W., O'Regan, J. P. (2021). Confronting language fetishism in practice. In Petrovic. J. E., Yazan, B. (Eds.) Interrogating the 'Capitalization' of Language: Ideology, Policy, and Identity (pp. 7-23). London: Taylor and Francis.

O’Regan, J. P. (2021). Capital and the hegemony of English in a capitalist world-system. In Rubdy, R., Tupas, R. (Eds.), World Englishes: Ideologies. London: Bloomsbury. (In press)

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.

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: Kitty Li (Post-doc): Social class and capital in Chinese complementary schooling; Pamoda Jayaweera (PhD): Post-colonial resistance. A critical discussion of Sri Lankan English; Chai Kan (PhD): Intercultural communication in the tertiary classroom in Hong Kong; Paulina Moya (PhD): Perceptions and experiences of SIMCE English in Chile; Somayeh Rahimi (PhD): 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; Nazanin Rahimi (PhD): Participatory art practice and primary age migrant children in Germany; Nicholas Hedlund de Witt (PhD): Towards a critical realist integral theory of climate change; Daniel Pun (PhD): Neoliberalism and private sector provision of English language education in Hong Kong; Nadim Haddad (PhD): A psychoanalysis of English in a globalized world; Sónia Fiuza (PhD): Neoliberalism in education: A study of the REF in England.

Completed Doctoral Students: Katy Highet (2016-21): A critical sociolinguistic ethnography of English in Delhi (PhD awarded);Will Simpson (2016-20): A political economy of Eikaiwa English language teaching (PhD Awarded); Ilaria Moschini: Fan-ethics. A critical multimodal exploration of geek cultural and semiotic practices (PhD awarded); Jiang Yuanqun (2012-19): China's EFL teachers and globalization: Uncertain professional identities (PhD awarded); Rob Faurewalker (2016-19): An investigation into the discursive conditions that have enabled UK counter-terrorism strategy to focus on ‘radicalisation’ and ‘extremism’ (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 (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-OCT-2020 Professor of Critical Applied Linguistics Communication, Culture and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2018 Vice-Dean (International)   UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2016 Reader in Applied Linguistics Communication, Culture and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2011 Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics Communication, Culture and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2009 Lecturer in Applied Linguistics Communication, Culture and Media 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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