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AMIN Convenors and Members

AMIN Convenors

Heike Behle is a researcher at the Institute for Employment Research (IER) at University of Warwick. Her work concentrates on the transferability of skills, qualifications and competences gained at vocational training or higher education to the work place. In this context, she analysed how international experiences translate into increased employability or the intra-European transferability of higher level tertiary degrees gained in the UK.

Xuemeng Cao is a doctoral researcher in the Centre for Education Studies at University of Warwick. Her PhD project is supervised by Emily Henderson and Ian Abbott, focusing on the employability management of Chinese international students. Xuemeng achieved a full scholarship from the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) in 2017. Her research interests further include academic (im)mobilities, globalization, Higher Education, inter-school cooperation, education and economy, lifelong learning, friendships, teacher-student relationships, interdisciplinary studies, as well as internationalization/cross-cultural studies in education.

Emily Henderson joined Warwick in 2015 as Assistant Professor of International Education and Development. She is developing a new MA programme entitled ‘Global Education and International Development’ (starting 2017-18), which embeds issues of academic mobility and immobility into its core focus. She recently completed her ESRC-funded PhD at the UCL Institute of Education on international knowledge production in transnational spaces, in which she focused on the production of conceptual knowledge around gender in conference spaces. She has a broader research interest in the politics and practices of short-term international mobility (eg. study visits, research trips, conferences) and international research collaboration. She has published an article entitled ‘Academic Conferences: Representative and Resistant Sites for Higher Education Research’ in Higher Education Research and Development, and is author of Gender Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning and Tracing Gender in Higher Education (Palgrave, 2015). She is co-convener of AMIN and also co-convenes the SRHE (Society for Research into Higher Education) International Research and Researchers network.

Stephanie Schnurr is Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Linguistics. Her main research area is professional communication and leadership discourse, but she is also very interested in professional and social mobility – with a particular emphasis on gender issues relating to questions of mobility. She has recently started a research project on ‘The Toils of Trailing Spouses in Hong Kong’ which investigates the negative consequences for women who have relocated due to their husband’s job.

Charikleia Tzanakou is a Research Fellow at Politics and International Studies. She is interested in highly skilled mobility, transitions of higher education to employment,academic and dual careers and gender equality. She is currently involved in a Horizon 2020 project on Gender Equality in Research Performing Organisations (PLOTINA) where she co-leads a workpackage on Careers and Culture Change. She has completed her PhD in Employment Research where she focused on early career experiences of scientists and engineers (PhD graduates) and the factors that affected their career development. She has worked in SKOPE (University of Oxford) on a project on graduate skills and has contributed to SRHE, HEFCE and ESRC projects on graduates and gender equality.

AMIN Members

Johannes Angermuller is a discourse researcher in linguistics and sociology. He is Professor of Discourse in the Centre for Applied Linguistics at Warwick and he leads the ERC DISCONEX team (“Discursive Construction of Academic Excellence”), which studies academics, their careers and social practices in four countries and two SSH disciplines ( He has also published on the international circulation of theorists and theories (Why There Is No Poststructuralism in France. The Making of an Intellectual Generation. London: Bloomsbury, 2015, see

Esther de Perlaky is International Employer Liason Manager within the Careers and Skills team at the University of Warwick, being responsible for leading the strategy to support the employability of Warwick’s international students, including developing relationships with global employers to help meet their graduate and postgraduate recruitment needs. Over the past two years, Esther has focused on supporting the employability of UK-educated Chinese students and recently led a UK-wide Higher Education research project to explore the gaps between students’ career expectations compared with the needs of Chinese employers. Esther is a member of the Midlands International Group of 16 universities and a member of the AGCAS International Task Group.

Ruth Dorrell is the Programme Manager of 'Warwick in Africa'. Warwick in Africa provides a structured mobility opportunity for around 65 Warwick Students every year, primarily undergraduate, and places them into secondary schools in Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania to teach Maths and English. From the AMIN newtwork we are interested in opportunities to discuss how we can ensure this continues to be a quality mobility opportunity for students and helping them to articulate and translate their experiences. Obviously sustaining long-term funding for these opportunities is always a challenge. We are also interested in increasing staff engagement in the programme, especially to support our teacher training activities and exploring opportunities for virtual mobility to sustain programme impact after face-to-face.

Teresa MacKinnon is an award winning language teacher and Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology. She has 30 years’ experience in language teaching and technology enhanced learning design in secondary and higher education. Her research into the use of voice over the internet and designing environments for interaction at a distance led to an invitation to produce a report on e-tools for international collaboration for the Higher Education Academy. Her expertise in international computer-mediated communication is recognised in her role as Chair of the EUROCALL CMC special interest group. An open practitioner, she actively engages in connected practice with educators around the world, having co-created the #Clavier network and has recently published on telecollaboration and open badges for the recognition of skills development and digital capabilities in language learners and teachers. She hopes that the recent launch of the academic community Unicollaboration will help support high quality learning experiences for all those involved in virtual exchange, whatever their discipline. Virtual exchange was recognised in the Going Mobile report as a means to address constraints which can limit mobility for many. @warwicklanguage Teresa’s website Teresa’s social networks.

Since 2012, Jennifer Smith has been a Member of the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) which advises the UK Government on aspects of migration policy. Her main research studies wage and unemployment dynamics using large UK datasets (LFS, BHPS, ASHE). This research has encompassed the impact of migration on labour market dynamics (employment, unemployment and nonparticipation). Under MAC auspices she has examined the impact of skilled and unskilled migration on the UK labour market. In addition to investigating the general impact of migration, more disaggregated work has ranged from Tier 1 Investors and Entrepreneurs to agricultural, catering, nursing and social care sectors. She has also helped the MAC develop its methodology underlying the UK's Shortage Occupation List.