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Simon Nicholls


I was appointed as Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies at Shefifeld Hallam University in September 2013, having spent three years as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Nottingham and after having conducted 18 months of PhD field work on island identities, histories, societies and cultures in the Balearic Islands and Corsica.

Alongside my teaching and research in more general nineteenth and twentieth century French, Hispanic and Mediterranean area studies, I continue to maintain an interest in Catalan language and culture and now head its provision at Beginners' level at Sheffield Hallam University.



  • 2017: PhD, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2015: Post Graduate Certificate in Education , Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2009: MA Catalan Studies, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 2005: PGCE Modern Foreign Languages (French with History and Spanish), University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 2004: Bachelor of Arts, European Studies (French/Politics with Spanish), University of Leicester, United Kingdom

Teaching expertise

  • Area Studies pertaining to the Mediterranean
  • Experise in areas such as diglossia, inter-generation transmission and language shift among regional and minority languages
  • French language and area studies (Levels 4-6)
  • History, society and culture of western European states in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
  • Iberian studies
  • Theories of nationalism, regionalism and government systems, as well as both culture and society


  • Identities and Societies in the western Mediterranean (Balearics, Corsica, the northern and western Mediterranean basin)
  • Theories of nationalism, particularly those of ethno-symbolism and their relationship with politics and society in the 20th and 21st centuries


Department of Management

Sheffield Business School

Languages Studies

Other activities


  • 2011: AHRC Doctoral Scholarship, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

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