Vivien Xiaowei Zhou

vivien xiaowei zhou

Dr Vivien Xiaowei Zhou

Lecturer in Intercultural Communication


I am a Lecturer in Intercultural Communication and Deputy Programme Leader for MSc Intercultural Business Communication (with TESOL). I lead postgraduate modules in intercultural communication and intercultural competence at Edinburgh Napier Business School. I also teach undergraduate modules in similar subjects, including two modules with a focus on Mandarin Chinese (for beginners).

I supervise dissertations and theses in areas that resonate with my research interests, broadly summarised as: thematically - intercultural communication (in education, the workplace, and the wider community), dialogue in interpersonal communication, cultural identity, the liminality of transitional experiences; methodologically - qualitative research, with a particular interest in narrative inquiry and researching multilingually.

I hold a BA and an MA in English Language and Literature from Peking University, China. My PhD is in intercultural communication / education from the University of Manchester, UK (thesis entitled ‘A narrative exploration of the UK academic acculturation experiences of students from mainland China’). I am a committee member (Membership Secretary and Treasurer) of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) since 2014.


Editorial Activity

  • Guest Editor: for the journal Language and Intercultural Communication (special issue 19-1)


Research Degree External Examining

  • Ph.D. external examiner (Durham University, School of Education, 2018)
  • Ed.D. external examiner (Durham University, School of Education, 2016)
  • Ph.D. external examiner (UCL Institute of Education, 2015)


Invited Speaker

  • 'But students don't interact - what do they learn?' Negotiating interculturality in internationalising higher education, presented at the 'Interculturality in a Precarious Future: Multiple Contexts, Multiple Voices' symposium (October 2018), University of Leeds


Conference Activity

  • Conference organiser: for IALIC 2017 "Interrogating the 'Third Space': Negotiating meaning and performing 'culture'"



  • Journal reviewer: for Language and Intercultural Communication


Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


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