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Research interests

Emma's research interests are in the ethics and effects of internationalisation, aiming to examine regimes of power by deconstructing a system of meaning-making constructed historically and discursively within the context of Higher Education in Scotland.

She has contributed to and examined data collected by the EIHE (Ethical Internationalism in Higher Education) Research Project, an international comparative study. This is an inter-disciplinary international mixed-methods research project that examines internationalisation processes in over 20 university sites worldwide and how these processes construct notions of epistemic difference, transnational literacy and global citizenship, with a particular focus on ethics.

As a part-time dissertation supervisor for the MSc TESOL programme with the University of Edinburgh and a member of ETAL, 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

Academic English pre-sessional courses

C67CP Critical Writing and Analysis

C68GE Global Communication in English (with Jane Richardson)


Other roles and responsibilities:

Associate Director of Studies for SoSS Combined Studies (Edinburgh)

Member the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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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