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


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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 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

IndyLan - Mobile 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 [ongoing]

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]. 

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.

Research Group Contact Details

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, HWU

Master of Science, University of Edinburgh

Master of Arts, HWU

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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Research Output


Strani, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Multilingualism and Politics: Rethinking Multilingual Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Multilingualism and politics: Revisiting multilingual citizenship

Strani, K. (ed.), 2020, (Accepted/In press) Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Multilingualism in/and politics revisited: The state of the art

    Strani, K., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) Multilingualism and Politics: Rethinking Multilingual Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    European Capitals of Culture: Discourses of Europeanness in the cases of Valletta, Plovdiv and Galway

    Clopot, C. & Strani, K., 2019, Heritages, Identities and Europe: Performing Identities. Kockel, U., Clopot, C., Tjarve, B. & Nic Craith, M. (eds.). 1st ed. Routledge, p. 156-172 17 p.

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    Forced migration, use of smartphones and the role of language: REDI project report

    Netto, G., Baillie, L., Georgiou, T., Wan Teng, L., Strani, K., O'Rourke, B. & Endut, N., Oct 2019

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

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    • 10 Participation in conference
    • 6 Invited talk
    • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 2 Participation in Festival or Exhibition

    The value of translation & interpreting in societies and businesses

    Katerina Strani-Jefferson (Speaker)
    2 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Education and citizenship in multilingual contexts

    Katerina Strani-Jefferson (Speaker)
    10 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Discussing multilingualism and politics

    Katerina Strani-Jefferson (Speaker)
    24 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Liminality revisited: Changing Diasporic Identities of Highly-Skilled Syrians in the UK

    Katerina Strani (Speaker), Lina Fadel (Speaker), Cristina Clopot (Speaker)
    7 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    The Immigration Game - Nice to See You?

    Katerina Strani-Jefferson (Speaker), Esther Mijers (Speaker)
    30 Nov 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk