Phiona Stanley

phiona stanley

Dr Phiona Stanley

Associate Professor in Intercultural Business Communication

Biography

RESEARCH
My research is on how people engage in 'intercultural' settings in the broadest sense: heterogeneous assemblages of humans, non-humans, and artefacts. This includes research on working abroad, international education, and tourism, particularly 'the outdoors' and volunteer tourism. Within a mobilities/mobile sociology framing, I've published on intercultural competence, transnational identities, decolonizing scholarship, language learning, hegemonic masculinity, embodiment, and various aspects of tourism. My theoretical paradigm is critical, which is to say that I'm particularly focused on how power relations operate. I'm also very interested in innovative ways of doing, writing, and teaching qualitative research methods, including storytelling and evocative writing within academic texts.

My doctoral research won both the Monash University Medal and the IEAA (International Education Associate of Australia) research award. To date, I have published four books and around thirty peer-reviewed articles. My first degree was in Politics (University of Edinburgh), my Masters was in Education (University of Sydney), and my PhD was an ethnographic study in the sociology of transnational identities (Monash University, with fieldwork conducted among British and North American English teachers in China). My second language is Spanish and I have the DELE Superiór (Spanish Ministry of Education; Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera, Council of Europe level C2). Much of the fieldwork for my 2017 book was conducted in Spanish, in Central and South America.


TEACHING & DOCTORAL SUPERVISION
I'm a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and I've won awards for my postgrad and undergrad teaching. I'm originally from Edinburgh and from 2004 to 2018 I worked in Australia, most recently as a Senior Lecturer (2014-2018) at UNSW in Sydney, where I mainly taught postgraduate courses. Here at Napier, I convene a first-year undergraduate core course called "Intercultural Organisational Management". I've supervised eight doctoral students to completion (see the 'postgrad' tab above) and I've been an external PhD examiner for half a dozen universities in the UK and Australia. I've just finished compiling and editing a new book, coming out in 2020, called "Critical Autoethnography and Intercultural Learning: Emerging Voices". This brings together fifteen very new scholars --early career researchers and doctoral candidates, but also (mainly) masters and undergraduate students-- who I've mentored and supported in their critical autoethnographic writing. Together, we examine the complexities of 'intercultural learning', not least the ways in which the ongoing colonisation of scholarship affects international and Indigenous students' experiences of 'the Western academy'.



PUBLICATIONS:

BOOKS
Stanley, P. (2020). (Ed.) Critical Autoethnography and Intercultural Learning: Emerging Voices. Routledge: Abingdon & New York.

Stanley, P. & Vass, G. (2018). (Eds.) Questions of culture in autoethnography. Routledge: Abingdon & New York.

Stanley P. (2017). A critical auto/ethnography of learning Spanish: Intercultural competence on the 'gringo trail'? Routledge: Abingdon & New York.

Stanley P. (2013). A critical ethnography of 'Westerners' teaching English in China: Shanghaied in Shanghai. Routledge: Abingdon & New York.


BOOK CHAPTERS AND JOURNAL ARTICLES
Stanley, P. (in press). Walking home: An autoethnography of hiking, identity, and (de)colonization. In A. Herrmann (Ed). The Routledge International Handbook of Organizational Autoethnography. Abingdon & New York: Routledge.

Stanley, P. (2019). Unlikely hikers? Activism, Instagram, and the queer mobilities of fat hikers, women hiking alone, and hikers of colour. Mobilities (journal). https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/3CIJPT7AKAJNVUTH7PUP/full?target=10.1080/17450101.2019.1696038

Stanley, P. (2019). Crafting a DIY campervan and crafting embodied, gendered identity performances in a hyper-masculine environment. Art Research International 4(1): 351-380.
https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/ari/index.php/ari/article/view/29382/21600?fbclid=IwAR2iCG4To7AI6n3maORFwO841E6oW4gN08M7fWpX5viY97S-ot2XV9JiIIg

Stanley, P. (2019). Ethnography and autoethnography in ELT research: Querying the axiomatic. In Gao X (ed.), International handbook of English language teaching (second edition). New York: Springer.
https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030028978#aboutBook

Stanley, P. (2018). Walking to heal or walking to heel? Contesting cultural narratives about fat women who hike and camp alone. In Questions of Culture in Autoethnography, Routledge: Abingdon & New York.
https://tinyurl.com/yxhbpel9

Stanley, P & Vass, G. (2018). On the difficulties of writing about culture in autoethnography. In Questions of Culture in Autoethnography, Routledge.
https://tinyurl.com/y4ea2spe

Stanley, P. (2017). Review of Liz Ellis's book 'The plurilingual TESOL teacher: The hidden language lives of TESOL teachers and why they matter. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, vol. 40, pp. 339 - 342.
https://tinyurl.com/y37n8hzl

Stanley, P. (2017). The two cultures in Australian ELICOS: Industry managers respond to teachers. English Australia Journal.
https://tinyurl.com/y4fbzr2k

Stanley, P. & Stevenson, M. (2017). Making sense of not making sense: Novice English-language teacher talk. Linguistics and Education, vol. 38, pp. 1 - 10.
https://tinyurl.com/y6cgcfr9

Zapata-Sepúlveda, P., Stanley, P., Ramírez-Pereira, M., & Espinoza-Lobos, M. (2016). The travelling researchers’ sisterhood: Four female voices from Latin America in a collaborative autoethnography. Qualitative Research Journal, vol. 16, pp. 251 - 262.
https://tinyurl.com/y4l3ergc

Stanley P, 2016, 'Must the (Western) Hydra be Blond(e)? Performing Cultural 'Authenticity' in Intercultural Education', in Bunce P; Phillipson R; Rapatahana V; Tupas R (ed.), Why English? Confronting the hydra. Multilingual Matters, pp. 93 - 105.
Download it: https://tinyurl.com/y54yhrud

Stanley P, 2016, ''Passing' and 'failing' in Latin America: Methodological reflections on linguacultural identities', in Emerald E; Rinehart RE; Garcia A (ed.), Global South ethnographies: Minding the senses, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands, pp. 185 - 196.
Download it: https://tinyurl.com/y27z9rld

Stanley P, 2016, 'Economy class? Lived experiences and career trajectories of English-language teachers in Australia', in Haworth P; Craig C (ed.), The career trajectories of English language teachers, Symposium Books, Oxford, pp. 185 - 199.
Download it: https://tinyurl.com/y2xvqx7v

Stanley P, 2015, 'Writing the PhD Journey(s): An Autoethnography of Zine-Writing, Angst, Embodiment, and Backpacker Travels', Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, vol. 44, pp. 143 - 168.
Download it: https://tinyurl.com/y6t7z86n

Stanley P, 2015, 'Theorising the cultural borderlands: Imag(in)ing "Them" and "Us"', in Brown J; Johnson NF (ed.), Children's images of identity: Drawing the self and the other, Ed. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, pp. 1 - 13.
Download it: https://tinyurl.com/yyfkzz2n

Stanley P, 2015, 'Talking to Strangers: Learning Spanish by Using It', in Nunan D; Richards JC (ed.), Language learning beyond the classroom. Routledge, pp. 244 - 252.
Download it: https://tinyurl.com/y4dmw28g

Canagarajah, A S ;Stanley P, 2015, 'Ethical considerations in Language Policy Research', in F M Hult; D C Johnson (ed.), Research Methods in Language Policy and Planning: A Practical Guide, Wiley Blackwell, pp. 33 - 44.
Download it: https://tinyurl.com/y6n8chxv

Stanley P, 2014, 'Language-learner Tourists in Australia: Problematizing 'The Known' and its Impact on Interculturality', in Resistance to the Known: Counter-Conduct in Language Education, pp. 23 - 46.
Download it: https://tinyurl.com/y4yokjtw

Stanley P, 2014, 'Telling stories: Theorizing narrative sensemaking as introspective research method', in Jill Brown's Navigating International Academia: Research Student Narratives, pp. 5 - 16.
Download it: https://tinyurl.com/yy3vvydh

Stanley P, Murray N, 2013, ''Qualified'? A framework for comparing ELT teacher preparation courses', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, vol. 36, pp. 102 - 115.
Download it: https://tinyurl.com/y3t2gpg6

Stanley P, 2013, 'Lessons from China: Understanding what Chinese students want', English Australia Journal, vol. 28, pp. 38 - 52.
Download it: https://tinyurl.com/y237rgll

Stanley P, 2012, 'Superheroes in Shanghai: constructing transnational Western men's identities', Gender Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, vol. 19, pp. 213 - 231.
Find it: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0966369X.2011.573141?journalCode=cgpc20

Stanley P, 2012, 'Multiculturalism with Chinese characteristics', in Hernandez L (ed.), China and the West, edn. 1, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 73 - 92.

Stanley P, 2011, Review of Anwei Feng's book: 'English language education across Greater China', Language, Culture, and Curriculum, vol. 24, pp. 303 - 306.
Find it: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07908318.2011.621326?src=recsys&journalCode=rlcc20

Stanley P, 2011, 'The hidden curriculum: A critical analysis of tertiary English teaching in China', in Ryan J (ed.), China's Higher Education Reform and Internationalisation, Routledge, Abingdon & New York.

Stanley P, 2011, 'Performing foreigners: Attributed and appropriated roles and identities of Westerners teaching English in Shanghai', in Lobo M; Marotta V; Oke N (ed.), Intercultural Relations in a Global World, edn. Common Ground, Champaign, IL.

Stanley P, 2011, 'Meeting in the middle? intercultural adaptation in tertairy oral English', in Lin J; Cortazzi M (ed.), Researching Chinese learners: skills, perceptions and intercultural adaptations, edn. 1st ed., Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke, pp. 93 - 118.

Stanley, P. (2008). ‘The foreign teacher is an idiot’: Symbolic interactionism, and assumptions about language and language teaching in China. Linguistics and the Human Sciences 4/1.
Find it: https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/LHS/article/view/7420

Esteem

Public/Community Engagement

  • Bright Club: a stand-up comedy set about my research: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlBiIwGjJPo

 

Date


34 results

Walking Home: An Autoethnography Of Hiking, Identity, And (De)Colonization

Book Chapter
Stanley, P. (in press)
Walking Home: An Autoethnography Of Hiking, Identity, And (De)Colonization. In A. F. Herrmann (Ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Organizational AutoethnographyTaylor & Francis (Routledge). https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429056987
As a white, Scottish woman living on violently acquired, never-ceded Gadigal land on the east coast of what we now call Australia, I came to see that I was part of a big, unre...

Problematizing “Activism”: Medical Volunteer Tourism in Central America, Local Resistance, and Academic Activism

Journal Article
Stanley, P. (in press)
Problematizing “Activism”: Medical Volunteer Tourism in Central America, Local Resistance, and Academic Activism. Qualitative Inquiry,
This paper critically examines epistemological, ontological and axiological tensions of activism in three related contexts. These are, first, (primarily medical) volunteer tou...

Unlikely hikers? Activism, Instagram, and the queer mobilities of fat hikers, women hiking alone, and hikers of colour

Journal Article
Stanley, P. (2020)
Unlikely hikers? Activism, Instagram, and the queer mobilities of fat hikers, women hiking alone, and hikers of colour. Mobilities, 15(2), https://doi.org/10.1080/17450101.2019.1696038
This paper investigates a nascent, primarily online community of so-called 'unlikely hikers', united in the premise that hiking is good for everyone's mental and physical heal...

Crafting a DIY Campervan and Crafting Embodied, Gendered Identity Performances in a Hyper-masculine Environment

Journal Article
Stanley, P. (2019)
Crafting a DIY Campervan and Crafting Embodied, Gendered Identity Performances in a Hyper-masculine Environment. Art/Research International, 4(1), 351-380. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29382
This paper presents a multi-media textual collage that shows rather than tells the lived experiences of my conversion of a DIY campervan over several months in a diesel mechan...

Ethnography and autoethnography in ELT research: Querying the axiomatic

Book Chapter
Stanley, P. (2019)
Ethnography and autoethnography in ELT research: Querying the axiomatic. In X. Gao (Ed.), Second Handbook of English Language TeachingSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
With a view to suggesting ways forward in qualitative ELT research, this chapter surveys two related fields of literature in order to question the taken-for-granted. The first...

On ants, life, and spinsterhood.

Journal Article
Stanley, P. (2018)
On ants, life, and spinsterhood. New Philosopher, 21, 110-112
No abstract available.

On the difficulties of writing about culture in autoethnography

Book Chapter
Stanley, P. (2018)
On the difficulties of writing about culture in autoethnography. In P. Stanley, & G. Vass (Eds.), Questions of culture in autoethnographyTaylor & Francis
No abstract available.

Competitive camping.

Journal Article
Stanley, P. (2018)
Competitive camping. New Philosopher, 20, 109-111
in New Philosopher, Issue 20, pp.109-111. I recently fell down the social media rabbit hole that is the Vanlife hashtag. In it, girl-next-door models pose casually with expens...

Walking to heal or walking to heel? Contesting cultural narratives about fat women who hike and camp alone

Book Chapter
Stanley, P. (2018)
Walking to heal or walking to heel? Contesting cultural narratives about fat women who hike and camp alone. In P. Stanley, & G. Vass (Eds.), Questions of culture in autoethnography, 129-141. Taylor & Francis
No abstract available.

Questions of culture in autoethnography.

Book
P. Stanley, & G. Vass (Eds.), (2018)
Questions of culture in autoethnography
Autoethnography allows researchers to make sense of the ‘ethno’ – the cultural – by studying their own experiences – the ‘auto’. It links the self to the cultural, allowing fo...

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Elham Zakeri (2019). PhD. "The role of agency in emerging academic identities of international doctoral students at an Australian university". (Main supervisor). UNSW Sydney, Australia.
  • Alice Cranney (2017). PhD. "Australian exchange students’ transnational identity negotiations and Spanish language learning: Becoming ‘casi mexicana’?" (Main supervisor.) UNSW Sydney, Australia.
  • Jasper Kun Ting Hsieh (2016). PhD. "An auto/ethnography of overseas students’ identity movements". (Main supervisor.) UNSW Sydney, Australia.
  • Nanis Setyorini (2016). PhD. "Imaginaries, Desires, and Koneksi (Connections): English Language Proficiency for Indonesian Accountants". (Main supervisor.) UNSW Sydney, Australia.
  • Huong Nguyen (2017). PhD. "Novice English language teachers in Vietnamese secondary schools: resources and identity development". (Main supervisor.) UNSW Sydney, Australia.
  • Umi Tursini (2014). PhD. Exploring Changes in Teachers’ Pedagogic Habitus: Case Studies of English Language Teacher Self-Evaluation as a Mediational Activity. (Supervision panel.) UNSW Sydney, Australia.
  • Bai Yang. (2013). PhD. Language, identity and power: hybrid orders of discourse and minority education policy enactments in Tibetan school communities in Sichuan, China. (Supervision panel). UNSW Sydney, Australia.
  • Hannah Soong (2012). PhD. 'Fitting-in', 'looking-out', 'being-in-flux' : the lived experiences of transnational pre-service teachers. (Adjunct supervisor). University of South Australia.