Personal profile

Research interests

Katerina has been Assistant Professor at the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies (LINCS) since January 2013. Her background is in Languages and Political Theory and her PhD thesis focused on communicative rationality in the public sphere. She is interested in how multilingualism and multiculturalism affect contemporary society and politics at all levels. 

She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the Political Studies Association, the International Communications Association and the University Association of Contemporary European Studies. She speaks French, Greek and Russian and she is an assessor for IoLET DipTrans exams.


Funded projects

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 aim of the project is to develop a training package for legal professionals, law enforcement officials and potential victims of racist hate crime. Value: c. £33,000 [completed]. 


Moving Languages (PI for HWU): 27-month Erasmus + project with 6 partners. The project aims to develop a language-learning app for new migrants in the 6 partner countries. Value: c. £25,000 [ongoing].

Roles & Responsibilities

Katerina is Head of the Cultural Studies section in LINCS. She also co-organises the annual Edinburgh Interpreting Research Summer School (EIRSS) with Dr. Raquel de Pedro Ricoy and is Editor of the Department’s blog LifeinLINCS.

She teaches International Politics, Society and Institutions in Contemporary Europe, French Text and Conference Interpreting.

Research Group Contact Details

Katerina is member of the IRC (Intercultural Research Centre) in LINCS.

Education / Academic qualification

Master of Arts, HWU

Doctor of Philosophy, HWU

Master of Science, University of Edinburgh


  • 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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Research Output 2009 2016

  • 4 Article
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Attitudes to ‘race’ in the media: evidence from Greece and the UK

Strani, K., Fountana, M., Sokoli, S. & Monteoliva, E. Dec 2016 In : Rivista VOCI. XIII, p. 148-170 23 p., 8

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Great Britain

Public space, collective memory and intercultural dialogue in a (UK) city of culture

McDermott, P., Nic Craith, M. & Strani, K. 2016 In : Identities. 23, 5, p. 610-627 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Great Britain
collective memory

Communicative rationality and the challenge of systems theory

Strani, K. 2010 Beyond universal pragmatics : studies in the philosophy of communication . Grant, C. B. (ed.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 123 (Interdisciplinary communication studies; vol. 4)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

system theory
migrant worker
immigration country
unskilled worker
job seeker

Activities 2004 2014

  • 9 Participation in conference
  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Participation in Festival or Exhibition
  • 1 Other

Annual Conference of the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies

Strani-Jefferson, K. (Speaker)
1 Sep 20143 Sep 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association

Strani-Jefferson, K. (Speaker)
20 Jun 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

When you're a stranger: Bright Club performance

Strani-Jefferson, K. (Participant)
25 Feb 2014

Activity: Participation in Festival or Exhibition

International Doctoral Workshop "Transformations in European Societies"

Strani-Jefferson, K. (Member of programme committee)
Mar 2014

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Bright Club performance

Strani-Jefferson, K. (Participant)
26 Nov 2013

Activity: Participation in Festival or Exhibition