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Centre for Language and Social Justice Research

Our team

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

Staff working in the Centre

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Professor Helen Sauntson

Director of Centre for Language and Social Justice Research

Clare Cunningham

Dr Clare Cunningham

Associate Professor

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Dr Leesa Clarke

Associate Head: Language and Linguistics

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Dr Chisato Danjo

Senior Lecturer

Dr Daniel Edmondson


Christopher Hall

Professor Chris Hall

Professor of Applied Linguistics

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Dr Yeji Han

Senior Lecturer

Dr Kyoungmi Kim

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Indu Meddegama

Senior Lecturer

Dai O'Brien

Dr Dai O'Brien

Associate Professor in British Sign Language

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Dr Maja Skender-Lizatovic


Dr Kate Whisker-Taylor

Senior Lecturer

Rachel Wicaksono

Professor Rachel Wicaksono

Professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics

Other team members

Visiting professors and scholars

  • Professor Mike Baynham (Professor of TESOL, University of Leeds)
  • Professor Alessandro Benati (Director of Centre for Applied English Language Studies, University of Hong Kong)
  • Professor Fiona Copland (Professor of TESOL and Associate Dean of Research, University of Stirling)
  • Professor Louise Cummings (Department of English, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  • Professor Peter French (Chair of JP French Associates and Professor at University of York)
  • Dr Dawn Knight (Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University)
  • Dr Liz Morrish (Independent scholar, retired Principal Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University)
  • Professor Alison Wray (Research Professor in Language and Communication, Cardiff University)

Postgraduate research students

  • Lixin Chen (PhD)
  • Kevin Buckle (PhD)
  • Soyoon Park (PhD)
  • Emma Parker (PhD)
  • Sidriana Scheffer (DAppLing)
  • Alison Rounce (DAppLing)

Advisory panel

  • Kelly Cunningham (Changing Lives, York)
  • Duncan Craig (Restore York Ltd)
  • Malcolm Wren (Time To Be Out)
  • Dr Fiona Thompson (Retired, formerly York St John University)
  • John Williamson (Refugee Action York)
  • Tom Bell (Jorvik Deaf Connections)
  • Paul Wordsworth (York City of Sanctuary)
  • Barbara Lodge (Amnesty International, York)