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I joined the University of Portsmouth as a full-time lecturer in 2011. I have an AHRC-funded PhD in Applied Linguistics, which I was awarded in January 2012. I have also been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since October 2015.

I teach both classroom based and distance learning students.


  • Workplace Discourse
  • Writing to Persuade
  • Starting Language Research
  • Business Communication
  • The Project


  • Technical Communication
  • Critical Approaches to Specialised Translation (revising and editing for translators and Japanese to English translation)
  • Translation Technologies (corpus/glossary building and pre- and post-editing of machine translation)
  • Translation Project (Japanese to English translation)
  • dissertation supervision

Research Interests

My main research interests are in:

  • Tattoos (particularly tattooing in Japan and Japanese style tattoos outside of Japan)
  • Technical communication (both modern and historical)
  • The use of technical communication for language teaching in Japan

I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of these areas.

I have written a book Controlling Language in Industry: Controlled Languages for Technical Documents that was published in February 2017 (Palgrave Macmillan) and edited a book Current Practices and Trends in Technical and Professional Communication that was published in July 2017 (ISTC Books).

I collaborate regularly with researchers in Japan, particularly from Kanto Gakuin University (関東学院大学) and the University of Aizu (会津大学).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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