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Emma's research aims to examine the ways in which relations of power operate through discourses on internationalisation within Higher Education, especially with respect to universities in the Scottish context. The focus underscores an attempt to uncover the relationships between power and knowledge as well as the power invested in internationalisation discourses. A Foucauldian discursive analytical approach is mobilised alongside postcolonial/decolonial thinking to consider how power functions to create discursive operations within internationalisation and its practices.

As a part-time dissertation supervisor for the MSc TESOL programme with the University of Edinburgh and a member of HERG, Emma is interested in research into second language learning, discourse, identity and language teaching and the internationalisation of Higher Education.


Emma taught English as a Foreign Language and was a teacher-trainer and ESP (English for Specific Purposes) trainer for various organisations including the British Council, working in France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Syria and Turkey. For Heriot-Watt University, she has trained teachers in Turkmenistan and also lecturers from Sichuan University, China.

Roles & Responsibilities

Course coordination and teaching: 

In-sessional (Academic Skills) provision


Other roles and responsibilities:

Director, Academic Writing Centre

Associate Director of Studies for SoSS Combined Studies (Edinburgh)

Member the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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