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Dr Ashley Simpson specialises in Intercultural Education, Intercultural Communication, Critical approaches to Democracy and Human Rights in Education, and, Critical studies in Education amongst other aspects. Simpson has  experience of working in higher education institutions in China, Finland and Russia.    

Simpson has published extensively on Intercultural Communication Education. He is the co-author (with Fred Dervin) of  (2021) Interculturality and the Political within Education (London: Routledge). Simpson has 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).

Simpson has published research articles on Intercultural Communication Education in top 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.

Simpson is also co-editor of the International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education (IJBIDE). 

Simpson is 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. 

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

My PhD supervison 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

Discourse analysis



Web of Science Researcher ID

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 Professor , Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology

1 Dec 2021 → …


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