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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

Doctor of Philosophy, HWU

Master of Science, University of Edinburgh

Master of Arts, HWU


  • 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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hate Social Sciences
anti-racism Social Sciences
affirmative action Social Sciences
xenophobia Social Sciences
racism Social Sciences
communication Social Sciences
Greece Social Sciences
Poland Social Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2018

Strategies of Othering through Discursive Practices: Examples from the UK and Poland

Strani, K. & Szczepaniak-Kozak, A., 26 Jun 2018, In : Lodz Papers in Pragmatics. 14, 1, p. 163-179 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Diversity in a European context: the Challenge of Creating a Shared Critical Vocabulary

Strani, K., Klein, G. B. & Hill, E., 2017, Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders. House, J. & Kaniklidou, T. (eds.). Hellenic American University, p. 170-182 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

affirmative action

Multilingual Policing: International Trends and Issues

Boser, U., Monteoliva, E., Napier, J., Skinner, D. & Strani, K., May 2017, Scottish Institute for Policing Research : Annual Report 2016. Scottish Institute for Policing Research, p. 64-65 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

public service
university teacher

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

conversation analysis

Critical 'race'-related vocabulary in the UK

Strani, K., 25 Sep 2016

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


Activities 2004 2016

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

The Immigration Game - Nice to See You?

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

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Multilingual Democracies

Strani-Jefferson, K. (Speaker)
19 Nov 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

LangFM - Interview with Alexander Drechsel

Strani-Jefferson, K. (Speaker)
28 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

International Doctoral Workshop "Transformations in European Societies"

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

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

When you're a stranger: Bright Club performance

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

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in Festival or Exhibition