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), launched in October 2019, 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. 

A team of academics with expertise in applied linguists at the Centre will work for and with the communities intended to be the key beneficiaries of its activities. It will contribute positively to the wellbeing of local communities in York, engaging in collaborative activities with these communities. It will also have a broader reach, conducting research with participants in diverse regional, national and global contexts.

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

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.

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Professor Helen Sauntson
Director of the Centre for Language and Social Justice Research and Professor of English Language and Linguistics

Centre for Language and Social Justice Research
York St John University
Lord Mayor’s Walk
York
YO31 7EX 

T: +44 (0)1904 876880
E: h.sauntson@yorksj.ac.uk

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