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Jessica Bradley

Jessica Bradley


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I am an applied linguist and educational researcher with research interests in outreach and engagement, social justice, professional language use, arts-based contexts, and cross-sector engagement.

My doctoral research, in the School of Education at the University of Leeds, investigated meaning making and multimodal communication in collaborative, multilingual community arts, with a focus on street arts. It was funded by the AHRC as part of the 'Translation and Translanguaging' project, led by Angela Creese at the University of Birmingham ( My doctorate links to and builds on my previous and on-going professional work in arts- and modern languages- based educational and public engagement.

My professional background is in higher education engagement and outreach and I have over thirteen years’ experience of designing, delivering and evaluating cross-sector engagement programmes and activities. I have  developed public-facing programmes and projects in formal and non-formal educational settings, leading from and informing interdisciplinary research and teaching within universities. These projects are grounded in arts-based learning, language and culture. I am interested in collaborative ethnography in these contexts.

I co-convene an AILA research network on 'Creative Inquiry and Applied Linguistics' ( This builds on my research and practice in languages, engagement and the arts.

Research interests

My research interests are in language and communication in collaborative arts-based settings. For my doctoral research I worked with streets arts practitioners in the UK and in Slovenia. I have also developed a number of externally funded projects around linguistics and the arts. These include the AHRC-funded 'Migration and Home' project (with colleagues at the University of Leeds) working with a community arts group and third sector organisations (see here for an article co-authored with Sam McKay). The follow on project, Migration and Settlement, funded by the Leeds Social Sciences Institute's Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) focuses on belonging and settlement and how these concepts can be performed in multiple ways.

I developed the 'LangScape Curators' project with colleagues at Leeds, working with artist-researcher Louise Atkinson, which uses collaborative ethnography and the linguistic landscape to co-create understandings of multilingual identities and realities. You can read more about this project here

With colleagues at Leeds (James Simpson) and at Universitat Autonoma Barcelona (Emilee Moore) I am currently editing a book, contracted by Multilingual Matters, 'Translanguaging as Transformation', due to be published in 2019.

Teaching and Administration

I have experience teaching across multiple areas, with specialisms in languages and education. At Leeds Trinity University I currently teach on the BA courses in English Language and Linguistics, Education Studies, Early Childhood Studies and the MA in Education. 

School of Arts and Communications 

BA English Language and Linguistics 

Child Language Acquisition (L5), Research Methods for Linguistics (L5), Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics (L4, L5)

Institute of Childhood and Education, Leeds Trinity University

BA Education Studies and BA Early Childhood Studies

Module convenor and tutor ‘Is Education Fair? Introduction to the Sociology of Education’ (Level 4); Tutor ‘Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice’ (Level 5); Lecturer and contributions to Programme Level Assessment (Level 4), ‘Critical Issues and Contemporary Debates’ (Level 6), ‘Sociological Perspectives of Childhood’ (Level 6), MA Education.

My previous teaching experience (2005-2018) includes: 

School of Education, University of Leeds

Invited lecturer for ‘Education in a Multilingual World’ (Level 4): ‘Modern Languages in the UK’ and ‘Introduction to Translanguaging’; Academic Tutoring Partner, ‘Education in a Multilingual World’ (Level 4);  Invited seminar speaker, postgraduate seminar series: ‘Ethics’  and 'The Transfer Viva' (PGR level).

School of History, University of Leeds

TLANG project leader for ‘Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Module’ (Level 5).

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds

Invited lecturer for ‘English in International Communication’: ‘Translanguaging’ (MA level); Module co-ordinator and tutor, ‘Linguists into Schools’ (Level 5).

Educational Engagement (Faculties of Arts and PVAC)

Coordinator, trainer and mentor of undergraduate students and postgraduate researchers involved in outreach and engagement activities.

Willingness to take PhD. students