I received my PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge in 2014, with a thesis investigating the effects of bilingual education and CLIL on the further learning of languages (i.e., third language learning).
Since completing my PhD, I have worked on bi/multilingual education in a range of countries, including the Netherlands, Ecuador, the US (Florida) and the UK, exploring the cognitive, psychological, and social implications of bi/multilingualism for education and teacher professional development. This has included teaching undergraduate modules on multilingualism and language pedagogy and supervising MA theses in this area.
Recent projects that I worked on before joining Sheffield Hallam University in 2022 are the Knowledge Base of CLIL Teaching in Multilingual Primary Education (funded by a British Council ELTRA award); the Role of Multilingual Identity in Foreign Language Learning (Strand 4 of a large AHRC-funded project ‘Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS)’; as well as the Teaching professionals Reflecting on Agency in Learning (TRAIL) professional development programme from the Cambridge Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL). At Sheffield Hallam, I am currently supporting various programme evaluation and research projects for the Education Endowment Fund, DfE, and the Wellcome Trust.
Research Fellow, Sheffield Institute of Education Research and Knowledge Exchange, Sheffield Hallam University (2022 – present)
Research Associate, Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL), Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (Aug 2020 – Dec 2021)
Postdoctoral Research Associate on AHRC-funded project ‘Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS)’ – Strand 4, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (Oct 2017 – July 2020)
Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of Florida (Oct 2016 – Sept 2017)
Research Associate, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Ecuador, Laboratorio de Interculturalidad [Interculturality Lab] (March 2015 – Sept 2016)
Teacher-Researcher (Lecturer) for undergraduate programme ‘Bilingual Pre-school Education’, Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA) Ecuador, Faculty of Education (March 2014 – Feb 2015)
PhD (University of Cambridge)
MPhil Research in Second Language Education (University of Cambridge)
MA Renaissance and Romantic Literature (University of Liverpool)
MA English Language and Culture (University of Groningen, Netherlands)