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Multilingualism in the public sphere
Culture and Migration
Identity and belonging
Identity and heritage


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Personal profile

Research interests

Katerina is Associate Professor and Head of the Cultural Studies section at the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies. Her background is in Languages and Political Theory and her PhD thesis (2011) focused on communicative rationality in the public sphere. She has published papers on intercultural dialogue, racism and hate speech, language and heritage, and an edited volume on Multilingualism and Politics (Palgrave, 2020). Katerina has led EU-funded projects on racism and discrimination, and two language and culture apps, for newly arrived migrants and refugees, and for endangered languages. 

Katerina is leading the Migration theme at the Intecultural Research Centre (IRC)

Katerina is Visiting Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (2021-2022).

Funded projects

IndyLanMobile Virtual Learning for Indigenous Languages (PI and Transnational Coordinator): 26-month EU-funded project with 5 partners from 5 countries led by HWU. IndyLan is developing an app for learning indigenous languages and cultures. The app will include Gaelic, Scots, Cornish, Basque, Galician and (Northern) Saami for those who already speak English, Spanish, Finnish, Russian and Norwegian. Value: c. £186,000 [ongoing].

InterTrainE - Intercultural Training for Educators (PI and Transnational Coordinator): 27-month EU-funded project led by HWU, with 7 partners. The project aims to develop an intercultural training programme for educators working with adult migrants in the 4 partner countries (UK, Finland, Greece and Italy). Value: c. £243,000 [completed].

Moving Languages (PI for HWU): 27-month EU-funded project with 6 partners. The project developed a language and culture-learning app for new migrants in the 6 partner countries. Value: c. £25,000 [completed].

RADAR – Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism (PI for HWU): 24-month EU-funded project with 9 partners from 6 countries, on the communicative construction of ‘racial’ discrimination through hate communication. The project developed a training package for legal professionals, law enforcement officials and potential victims of racist hate crime. Value: c. £33,000 [completed]. 

Katerina is a Member of the Political Studies Association, the International Communications Association, IMISCOE, and the University Association of Contemporary European Studies.

Roles & Responsibilities

Katerina is Head of the Cultural Studies section in LINCS.

She coordinates the Global course (taught in HWU campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia) Intercultural Issues in Business and Management. She is also Year 1 coordinator.

She teaches International Politics, Society and Institutions in Contemporary Europe, Intercultural Issues in Business and Management (to UG students and to Graduate Apprentices), and French Conference Interpreting.

As of August 2019, Katerina is also a member of Senate.

She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (French, Greek and Russian) and she is an assessor for IoLET DipTrans exams.

Research Group Contact Details

Katerina is leading the Migration Theme at the IRC (Intercultural Research Centre) in LINCS.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, A Critical Study of Communicative Rationality in Habermas's Public Sphere, HWU

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Master of Science, Is Russian Political Culture a Spanner in the Works of Democratisation?, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Master of Arts, Interpreting and Translating - French and Russian, HWU

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

External positions

Chartered Institute of Linguists

1 Jan 2011 → …


  • JC Political theory
  • Communication Theory
  • Public Sphere
  • shared communication spaces
  • communicative rationality
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Normative theory
  • intersubjectivity
  • uncertainty
  • contingency
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • social systems
  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • intercultural communication
  • multilingualism


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