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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
UCL Principal Supervisor

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. I am also co-Editor for Language, Culture and Society (John Benjamins) and Language Policy journal (Springer).

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Research Summary

I am a sociolinguist interested in language, communication and political economy. My past research projects involved the ethnographic and sociolinguistic study of mobility and migration, shifting politics of national identity, institutional neoliberalization, and commodification of language and culture, in the contexts of Madrid, London, Mainland China and Hong Kong. Lately, my focus has shifted towards a closer exploration of trajectories of social actors as they navigate professional fields and labor markets under the conditions of late capitalism.

Some of my forthcoming and latest publications include:

Pérez-Milans, M. & Soto, C. (under contract). Language, ethnicity, and the politics of struggle: A critical ethnography of activism. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Pérez-Milans, M. (in press). Futures, imagined cities and emerging markets: The semiotic production of professional selves. Social Semiotics.

Pérez-Milans, M. (2020). Transnational trajectories of multilingual workers: Emerging geographies and spatializing practices of mutant sovereignty. In: Maria Rosa Garrido & Maria Sabaté-Dalmau (Eds.) (2019), Transnational Trajectories of Multilingual Workers: Sociolinguistic Approaches to Emergent Entrepreneurial Selves. Special Issue in International Journal of Multilingualism 17(1), 97-106.

Zhang, J. & Pérez-Milans, M. (2019). Structures of feeling in language policy: The case of Tibetan in China. Language Policy 18(1), 39-64.

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.

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   Doctor of Philosophy Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
2004   Master of Arts Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
2003   Postgraduate Diploma Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
2002   Licenciatura Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
2000   Bachelor of Education Universidad Complutense de Madrid
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