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Dr Stephen Crabbe

Senior Lecturer

Stephen Crabbe


I joined the School of Languages and Area Studies 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 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 have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since October 2015.

Prior to coming to Portsmouth, I worked in Japan. I currently collaborate with researchers in Japan from Kanto Gakuin University/関東学院大学 and the University of Aizu/会津大学.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in:

  • Written and visual technical/professional communication (both modern and historical)
  • Tattoos (particularly tattooing in Japan, stick and poke (hand poke) tattooing and representations of tattooing in fiction)
  • English language learning and teaching in Japan

I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of the above areas.

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