Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies
Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes
Dr Guy Puzey was appointed Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. He first came to Edinburgh as an undergraduate student, graduating with first class honours in Italian and Scandinavian Studies in 2006. He went on to study for an AHRC-funded MSc by Research, which he was awarded with distinction in 2007. He then continued with AHRC-funded doctoral research on language policy in Italy and Norway, which he completed in 2011. Before taking on his current role, he was employed by both the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures and the Office of Lifelong Learning in a number of roles from 2006 to 2015.
His principal research interests concern the interactions between languages, politics and identity, particularly in the social and cultural contexts of Norway, Scotland and Italy.
Guy's doctoral thesis examined the political dimension of language activist campaigns in Norway (with the Nynorsk language) and Italy (with a focus on Lombard dialects). Guy has also carried out extensive work in the emerging field of linguistic landscape studies, focusing on the relative visibility of languages in public spaces. He has been consulted by policy‐makers and has recently participated in several externally‐funded research projects related to Gaelic language policy, applying his comparative European perspective to the Scottish policy context and collaborating with colleagues from the Celtic & Scottish Studies subject area.
In the field of onomastics, Guy’s work deals with the links between power and place naming, especially with regard to minority languages, but also in connection with renaming and place branding. He has engaged in collaborative research in these areas with colleagues from Australia and Finland.
Other research interests include connections between Norway and Scotland during and after the Second World War, and the social and cultural history of the Cold War era.
Guy is also a freelance translator of Norwegian literature and has contributed to translation studies programmes at the University of Edinburgh.
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (undergraduate courses)
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (postgraduate courses)
Office of Lifelong Learning
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution
Research output: Book/Report › Anthology
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publications › Editorial activity
Activity: External academic engagement › Invited talk
Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training course › Participation in conference