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Dr Joana Almeida

Job Title
Assistant Professor (Teaching Focussed)
Applied Linguistics
+44 (0)2476939680
Research Interests

My teaching and research adopt an interdisciplinary approach by integrating insights from sociology, social psychology, general and international education, evaluation, cross-cultural communication and second language acquisition. My primary research interests are centred on the internationalisation of higher education, international student mobility and intercultural competence by fostering an interdisciplinary understanding of these topics. Methodologically, I am particularly interested in mixed methods through the integration of quantitative and qualitative data. I am the author of Understanding Student Mobility in Europe: An Interdisciplinary Approach by Routledge (2020).


I was appointed Assistant Professor in Intercultural Communication at the Department of Applied Linguistics in September 2022. Here, I co-teach across a range of modules on the Msc Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions, including: Understanding Culture; Culture, Identity and Adaptation; Research Methods. In Term 2, I am module leader of Intercultural Competence and Assessment. I have a 14-year teaching and research portfolio across education institutions in the USA, the UK, Portugal and Spain. Throughout my career I, have also worked on a range of research projects on intercultural communication and international education, from a variety of roles and funders (e.g., British Council, Interreg Europe, Erasmus+, Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, Swedish International Development Agency, inter alia). During both my undergraduate and doctoral studies, I had the opportunity to study abroad. I was an Erasmus student at the University of Southampton and a visiting scholar at SIT Graduate Institute (USA). My personal experience as an exchange student in the UK was the main motivation to carry out a doctoral research which aimed to enhance the intercultural learning of European exchange students during their stay abroad. I completed my PhD in Education at the University of Aveiro (Portugal) in 2015.

Book cover: Understanding student mobility in europe