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Research centres

Centre for language and
social justice research

A forum for language-based research to promote social justice.

The Centre for Language and Social Justice Research (LSJ) explores why social inequality and injustices are largely enacted through language.

Challenging and offering alternative language practices is a key means of achieving positive language change. Applied linguistics plays a key role in research to increase understanding and challenge inequalities and injustices in society. 

Language and social justice are at the heart of York St John University’s inclusive and socially transformative ethos. We work to enhance students' experience through the teaching and learning process, with staff and visiting scholars providing curriculum content and expertise in research methodology and skills.

We work for and in partnership with the communities intended to be the key beneficiaries of our activities. We contribute positively to the wellbeing of local communities in York, engaging in collaborative activities with these communities. We have a broad reach, conducting research with participants in diverse regional, national and global contexts.

The Centre for Language and Social Justice replaces the Language and Identities in InterAction Research Unit (LIdIA), which was the main platform for research activity in languages and linguistics at York St John University for almost 10 years.

Our team

The Centre for Language and Social Justice Research is led by Professor Helen Sauntson. 

Staff working within the Centre include:

  • Dr Leesa Clarke
  • Dr Clare Cunningham
  • Dr Chisato Danjo
  • Professor Christopher Hall
  • Dr Yeji Han
  • Dr Indu Meddegama
  • Dr Becky Muradas-Taylor
  • Mary Murata
  • Dr Dai O'Brien
  • Nikki Swift
  • Dr Kate Whisker-Taylor
  • Dr Rachel Wicaksono

Get in touch

Centre for Language and Social Justice Research

York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX.

Get directions

01904 876 880

Professor Helen Sauntson,
Director of the Centre for Language and Social Justice

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