Translation and Intercultural Communication Studies

We have a long-established profile of outstanding teaching and internationally excellent research which creates a dynamic and diverse research community, which includes a thriving group of postgraduate researchers.

Students practising languages.

The majority of our work focuses on Applied Linguistics and the relationship between theory and practice in Translation and Intercultural Communication Studies; our work is therefore often collaborative, interdisciplinary, and international. It is grounded in real-life concerns and includes collaboration with partners outside academia (industry, communities).

Thinking of a PhD?

We welcome PhD proposals from applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds. Please see the individual staff pages for details on their areas of work and research interests

Our academic staff can offer MPhil/PhD supervision on a wide variety of topics. Please see the individual staff pages for details on their research interests and current PhD projects:

Dr Nicole Baumgarten: Lecturer in Translation and Intercultural Communication Studies.

Dr Lena Hamaidia: Lecturer in Translation and Audio Visual Studies. 

Dr Jane Woodin: Lecturer in Intercultural Communication Studies. 

Our current PhD students:

Andrea Antoniou: An Ethnography of life in the Larissa Refugee Camp in northern Greece (WroCaH Scholarship)

Milena Chaine: (2021 AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards Scheme): Non-literal language sue in machine and human translation for dubbing

Rob Fritz: Intercultural competence and global-mindedness in the Japanese context

Jessica Oppedisano: Stereotyped Female Gender Role Portrayal in Disney Princess Songs and Dialogues and Translation for Dubbing into Italian

Zulkifli Tanipu: Recurrent Multiword Sequences in EFL Student’s Academic Writing

Previous PhD Students have researched in the areas of:

  • Semantic and pragmatic tensions in the representation of the notion of citizenship in the translation of multilingual EU documents
  • The subtitling of English satire in Arabic
  • Translation and/as Empathy: Mapping Translation Shifts in 9/11 Fiction
  • Multilingualism and representation of Citizenship in the EU context
  • The role of language in facilitating trans-cultural mental health work
  • Narrative approaches to identity and whiteness in intercultural contexts (ARHC-funding)

For more information on our research programmes, entry requirements and funding opportunities, please e-mail Claire Leavitt (, our Postgraduate Research Officer, or visit our postgraduate research pages.

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