Research interests are closely linked to teaching on the MSc in Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions and the BA in Language, Culture and Communication, as well as to designing and delivering blended intercultural training for professionals and students across disciplines and internationally. Sophie is currently part of a UK-Japan research team collecting data on intercultural communication in international construction projects, with a view to developing new resources for the global engineering industry.
Her doctoral study of graduate job interviews, conducted at the University of Auckland, highlighted the crucial role of questions about teamwork and leadership and has subsequently led her to focus on how people actually do teamwork and leadership, especially in multicultural teams.
Findings also offer a timely and relevant perspective on the intercultural job interview literature, contributing to the wider study of communication-focused professional and institutional activities, with implications for the teaching and learning of tertiary communication skills and the training of careers advisers.
Sophie is part of the AL team working with the Office for Global Engagement to develop students' intercultural competence, and academic lead in a Monash-Warwick Alliance project researching the implementation of their GoGlobal Study Abroad Intercultural Training. She also recently collaborated with Dr Elke Thonnes in a WIHEA-funded project on supporting students working in STEM project teams, which will be presented in workshop format at the 2017 HEA Annual Conference.