Vivien Xiaowei Zhou

vivien xiaowei zhou

Dr Vivien Xiaowei Zhou

Lecturer in Intercultural Communication

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Intercultural Communication and Deputy Programme Leader for MSc Intercultural Business Communication. 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).

My research interests are 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 have recently edited (with Nick Pilcher) a special issue entitled "Interrogating the 'Third Space': Negotiating meaning and performing 'culture'" for the journal Language and Intercultural Communication.

I hold a BA and an MA in English Language and Literature from Peking University, China. My PhD is in Intercultural Communication from the University of Manchester, UK (thesis entitled ‘A narrative exploration of the UK academic acculturation experiences of students from mainland China’). I have been the Membership Secretary and Treasurer of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) between 2014 and 2018. I am currently the books reviews editor of the journal Language and Intercultural Communication

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Conference organiser: for IALIC 2017 "Interrogating the 'Third Space': Negotiating meaning and performing 'culture'" https://staff.napier.ac.uk/ialic2017

 

Editorial Activity

  • Book reviews editor of the journal Language and Intercultural Communication
  • Guest Editor (Language and Intercultural Communication, Special Issue 19.1)

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

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

 

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)

 

Reviewing

  • Journal reviewer for the Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education
  • Journal reviewer for Language and Intercultural Communication

 

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