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James SIMPSON  PhD University of Reading, UK, 2004
Associate Professor
Ext : 7788
Tel : 2358 7788
Email : hmjsimpson
Room No : 3387
Full CV

James Simpson is Associate Professor in the Division of Humanities, and directs the Masters programme in International Language Education. Prior to joining HKUST in 2021 he was Senior Lecturer in Language Education at the School of Education, University of Leeds, UK, where he led the Language Education Academic Group.

James’ research and teaching interests lie in language education and migration, and the sociolinguistics of mobility. His work coheres around a concern with social justice, particularly for people on the move. His research involves the critical analysis of communicative practices relating to migrant language pedagogy, language diversity, language policy, and literacy, identity and culture. He uses qualitative methods, drawing from linguistic and visual ethnography, interactional sociolinguistics and narrative analysis.

His books include ESOL: A Critical Guide (with Melanie Cooke, OUP, 2008), and he is the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics (1st ed. 2011; 2nd ed. forthcoming). 


Research Interests
Language and migration, language education, multilingualism


Representative Publications


Moore, E., J. Bradley & J. Simpson (eds.) (2020) Translanguaging as Transformation: The Collaborative Construction of New Linguistic Realities. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Wright, C., L. Harvey and J. Simpson (eds.) (2019) Voices and Practices in Applied Linguistics: Diversifying a Discipline. York: White Rose University Press.

Simpson, J. & A. Whiteside (eds.) (2015) Adult Language Education and Migration: Challenging Agendas in Policy and Practice. London: Routledge.

Simpson, J. (ed.) (2011) Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics. London: Routledge.

Cooke, M. & J. Simpson (2008) ESOL: A Critical Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Pöyhönen, S. & J. Simpson (2021) Contesting language policy for asylum seekers in the Northern periphery: The story of Tailor F. Language Policy 20, 261-285.

Simpson, J. (2020) Navigating immigration law in a “hostile environment”: Implications for adult migrant language education. TESOL Quarterly 54/2, 488-511.

Bradley, J., E. Moore, J. Simpson & L. Atkinson (2018) Translanguaging creativity: Creating spaces for the visual and the audible. Language and Intercultural Communication 18/1, 54-73.

Simpson, J. (2011) Telling Tales: Discursive space and narratives in ESOL classrooms. Linguistics and Education 22/1, 10-22.

Baynham, M. & J. Simpson (2010) Onwards and Upwards: Space, Placement and Liminality in Adult ESOL Classes. TESOL Quarterly 44/3, 420-440.