I am a Lecturer in Education at Queen’s University Belfast, in the School of Social Sciences, Education & Social Work. My research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of Applied Linguistics (including TESOL) and Education. I currently am Director of the School’s MSc TESOL programme.
I received my PhD from the University of Leeds (ESRC funded) for a thesis entitled ‘A sociomaterial account of assignment writing in further education classrooms’. My most recent research interests are around digital literacy and writing, and how these relate to education and knowledge production. I am also very much interested in Literacy research more generally, digital research methods, and Higher Education. I am author of the book ‘Assignments as controversies’ published with Routledge/Taylor & Francis in 2017, and co-author of the 2019 book ‘Academics Writing: The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation’ also with Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
I haven’t always worked in Universities. My career began in community learning and Further Education where I taught on foundational ESOL and Literacy courses. It is from this context that my interest in language education and digital literacy emerged, through observing how people who were otherwise marginalised and displaced could become core participants of online communities.
Prior to Queen’s University Belfast, for two years I was a Senior Researcher on the ‘Academics Writing’ project at Lancaster University. This was an ESRC funded project which examined the writing practices and knowledge creating work of academics across different disciplines and institutions. I have also had the pleasure of working at the University of Bradford in a project management capacity.
I am also a co-convener for the Digital University Network of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and a member of the Society’s Governing Council.
I tweet at @ibrar_bhatt