I am a Senior Lecturer in Languages and TESOL. My research lies in the areas of language teacher education, language learning motivation and the interactions between language education and citizenship, identifying also synergies between these areas.
Before joining the University of Tasmania, I worked at the University of Hong Kong, the University of Edinburgh, Newcastle University (UK) and the University of Oxford. I completed my first degree in German, Italian and EuropeanStudies at the University of Bath (UK). I later trained and qualified as a Languages teacher completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Languages) at the University of Oxford and taught Languages in secondary schools in Switzerland and the UK. My postgraduate degrees include a Masters in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, a Masters in Educational Research Methodology and a Doctorate in Education (Applied Linguistics), all at the University of Oxford. While working at the University of Edinburgh, I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice for teaching in Higher Education. I also worked as a and EFL and TESOL teacher for ten years.
I am a Co-editor in Chief for the journal System, which is a prominent international peer-reviewed journal in the field of Language education. I am also Co-Editor of the Edinburgh University Press Textbooks in Applied Linguistics Series and Editorial Advisory Board member for the Edinburgh University Press Edinburgh Textbooks in TESOL Series.