Department of Education

Dr Jing Huang

Research Associate with expertise in ethnographic investigations on multilingual practices and social mobility

Research AssociatePhD, MA, BA(hons)

1 West North 3.09
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5306


I am a Research Associate working for the ESRC-funded project on Family Language Policy and Multilingualism in the UK. I joined the Department of Education in September 2017 and am a member of the Language and Education Practices Cluster.

Prior to joining Bath, I worked as a visiting lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham and a Post-doc Research Fellow at the University of Reading, following completion of my funded doctorate in Education at the University of Birmingham in 2016. My doctoral research was an ethnographic study on the changing constructions of language ideology and social identity in the multilingual British Chinese communities. It documented the impact of globalisation and social mobility on people’s day-to-day language practices in relations to education, migration settlement, and transnational communication.

My previous experience also includes teaching English Language to College students in China for three years, before I moved to England for my MA degree at the University of Warwick in 2009. From 2010 to 2014 I also taught Chinese as a foreign/heritage language in various educational contexts in the UK.

I am interested in using ethnographic methods and questionnaire survey to research multilingual practices of individuals, families, schools, and communities, particularly in relations to language ecology, minority language education, social mobility, ethnic identity, and transnational communication.

Research interests

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Diasporic Multilingual Practices
  • Bilingualism in Language Education
  • Migration and Ethnic Identities

Current projects

  • Family Language Policy in Transnational Families


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