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Dr Ashley Simpson is the Co-Head: Institute for Language Education.

I specialise in Intercultural Education, Intercultural Communication, Critical approaches to Democracy and Human Rights in Education, and, Critical studies in Education amongst other aspects. I have experience of working in higher education institutions in China, Finland and Russia.    

I have published extensively on Intercultural Communication Education. I am the co-author (with Fred Dervin) of  (2021) Interculturality and the Political within Education (London: Routledge). I have also co-edited the volumes (2020) The Meaning of Criticality in Education Research: Reflecting on Critical Pedagogy (London: Palgrave Macmillan), and, (2020) Intercultural Competence in the Work of Teachers: Confronting Ideologies and Practices (London: Routledge).

My research on Intercultural Communication Education has been published in international journals such as, British Journal of Educational Studies; Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education; Frontiers of Education in China; Intercultural Communication Education; International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism; Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development; and, Palgrave Communications, amongst others.

I currently serve on the editorial board of the journal Pedagogy, Culture & Society and I was co-editor of the International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education (IJBIDE) from 2019-2022. 

I am currently the Programme Director of the MSc Language and Intercultural Communication and sits as on the leadership team of the Language(s), Interculturality and Literacies Thematic Research Hub. 

I also hold a Visiting Professor position at the School of Languages, Literature and Law, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, China.

My PhD supervision areas include:

Intercultural Education

Intercultural Communication

Discourse, Identities and diversities in Education

Critical approaches to Democracy, Equality and Human Rights in Education

Critical approaches and theories of Global Education

Critical Discourse Analysis



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Education/Academic qualification

Education , Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Award Date: 27 Feb 2018

International Politics - International Relations (Research Pathway), Master of Arts, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 24 Nov 2014

Politics, Bachelor of Arts, University of Leeds

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

External positions

Visiting Scholar , Simon Fraser University

1 Jan 202331 Dec 2023

Visiting Professor , Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology

1 Dec 2021 → …

College Research Themes

  • Governance and Democracy
  • Identities and Inequalities


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