I studied French Language and Literature in the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, where I qualified as a teacher of French as a first and a foreign language.
I was awarded a PG diploma in Information and documentation from the same University. I did my PhD while teaching French at Aston University where I am a Reader in French Language and Linguistics.
I am involved in learned societies that promote languages and especially French. I am the elected French Studies representative at the University Council of Modern Languages.
My main current research interests include: the evolution of the French verbal system, motion periphrases in French and Urban Multilingualism. From January to July 2022, I was one of three AHRC Fellows for the Future of Language(s) Research and carried out a project on the languages of Birmingham (BRUM: Birmingham Research for Upholding Multilingualism).
I am an active peer-reviewer for funding societies, academic journals and conferences and I have been an external examiner in UWE (2009-2012), Heriot-Watt (2012-16), Open University (2013-2016), Aberystwyth (2016-20) and Newcastle (2020-)