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Dr Miguel Perez-Milans
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom
  • Senior Lecturer In Applied Linguistics
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at the Department of Culture, Communication and Media in UCL Institute of Education (UK). I received my PhD. in Socio- and Applied Linguistics from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain), followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at King’s College London (2010-2011) and The University of Hong Kong (2011-2012). I have worked as Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong (2012-2015) where I have also been appointed Honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education (2016-2017).

My research on language ideology, social interaction and institutions has been published in the form of an authored book in Routledge Critical Series in Multilingualism (2013). Other work has been published in international journals within the fields of socio and applied linguistics such as Journal of Language, Identity and Education (2011), Pragmatics (2011), Linguistics and Education (2012), Spanish in Context (2012), International Journal of Multilingualism (2014), Pedagogies: An International Journal (2015), Language Policy (2015), AILA Review (2016) or Language and Intercultural Communication (2018).

I have edited Special Issues in International Journal of Multilingualism (2014), Language Policy (2015) and AILA Review (2016), as well as the Oxford Handbook of Language Policy and Planning (2018) in co-editorship with James W. Tollefson. My latest editing-related adventure includes Language, Culture and Society (John Benjamins), a new international journal to be launched in 2019 for which I act as Managing Editor.

Research Summary

I am interested in issues concerned with language, interaction, social identity, institutions, and political economy, with a strong focus on understanding how inequality operates across different social fields.  

My past research projects involved the ethnographic and sociolinguistic study of language and cultural ideologies through discursive practices in institutional spaces in London, Madrid, Mainland China and Hong Kong vis-à-vis wider national and international policies shaped by: a) mobility and migration; b) shifting politics of national identity; c) institutional neoliberalization; and d) commodification of language and culture. 

Lately, my focus have shifted to a closer exploration of trajectories of social actors as they navigate professional fields and labor markets in the new globalised economy.    

Some of my latest publications are the following ones:

Tollefson, James W. & Miguel Pérez-Milans (Eds.) (2018). The Oxford Handbook of Language Policy and Planning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Soto, C. & Pérez-Milans, M. (2018). Language, neoliberalism and the commodification of pedagogy. Language and Intercultural Communication 18 (5): 490-506.

Pérez-Milans, M., Soto, C. (2016). Reflexive language and ethnic minority activism in Hong Kong: A trajectory-based analysis. AILA Review 29 (1), 48-82.  

Pérez-Milans, M. (2015). Language education policy in late modernity: (Socio) linguistic ethnographies in the European Union. Language Policy 14 (2), 99-108.

Codo, E. & Pérez-Milans, M. (Eds.) (2014). Multilingual discursive practices and processes of social change in globalizing institutional spaces: a critical ethnographic perspective. International Journal of Multilingualism 11(4).

Pérez-Milans, M. (2013). Urban Schools and English Language Education in Late Modern China: a Critical Sociolinguistic Ethnography. Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism. New York & London: Routledge.

Teaching Summary

Sociolinguistics; Spoken Discourse Analysis; Research Methods; Intercultural Communication;  Critical Readings of Popular Culture; Language Policy and Planning; Bilingualism & Multilingualism; Discourse, Culture & Society.  

JAN-2016 Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
JAN-2016 – AUG-2017 Honorary Associate Professor Faculty of Education The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
SEP-2013 – DEC-2015 Assistant Professor - Tenure-track faculty of Education -Division of English Language Education The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
SEP-2012 – AUG-2013 Temporary Assistant Professor Faculty of Education -Division of English Language Education The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
SEP-2011 – AUG-2012 Postdoctoral Fellow Faculty of Education The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
SEP-2010 – AUG-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow Education and Professional Studies King's College London, United Kingdom
SEP-2008 – FEB-2009 Visiting Lecturer Department of Sociology and Communication University of Salamanca, Spain
SEP-2005 – JAN-2013 Teaching Consultant East Asian Studies Open University of Catalonia, Spain
MAY-2004 – MAY-2008 Assistant Researcher Linguistics and Modern Languages Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Academic Background
2009 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Sociolinguistics Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
2004 MA Master of Arts – Applied Linguistics Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
2003 P.Grad Dip Postgraduate Diploma – Chinese studies Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
2002 LCT Licenciatura – Linguistics Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
2000 B.Ed Bachelor of Education – Education Universidad Complutense de Madrid
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