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Dr Matt Kedzierski

Dr Matt Kedzierski

Dr Matt Kedzierski
BA, MSc, MSc, PhD

Lecturer in Education (TESOL/Applied Linguistics)

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Helen Wodehouse Building,
35 Berkeley Square, Clifton BS8 1JA
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Matt's research interests lie in the analysis of the dynamic spatial, temporal and social interrelations between educational processes and societies – in particular, he is interested in the relationship between language education, including language-in-education policy, and large-scale social, economic and political transformations in Late Modernity. Alongside colleagues in the Research Network Globalisation, Education and Social Futures, Matt has been working on advancing a Cultural Political Economy of Education, with a specific focus on Modern Foreign Languages and MFL pedagogy. 

His most recent research projects have focused on how ontologically situated knowledges, cultural systems and particular visions of the future affect the valuing of foreign language skills. Matt's 'case studies' include the growing use of English as a medium of instruction in higher education in East Asia and the mechanisms behind the globalising of Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language. 

Areas of Research Supervision:

  • political economy of language
  • processes of globalisation and language-in-education policy
  • English and Chinese as 'global' languages
  • TESOL as an industry
  • critical approaches to MFL pedagogy
  • critical discourse studies
  • critical realism


Matt is a Lecturer in Education (Applied Linguistics/TESOL). He is an alumnus of the University of Bristol, where he completed MSc degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (in 2009); and in Educational Research (in 2011). As a member of the now defunct Centre for Globalisation, Education and Social Futures at Bristol, he undertook ESRC-funded doctoral research into the globalising of Mandarin Chinese as a Foreign Language (2011-16). Currently, Matt directs the MSc TESOL programme and teaches Pedagogy and Curriculum in TESOL, Analysing Language for TESOL and Education Policy (EdD)

Previously, Matt has worked at the Institute of Education, University College London; Bath Spa University; and lectured in Cross-Cultural Communication and TESOL in the Department of English Linguistics and Literature, School of Foreign Languages Zhejiang A&F University, Hangzhou, China. In 2013, Matt completed a research attachment at the Chinese University of Hong Kong under the International Asian Studies Programme.


  • Globalisation and EFL pedagogy
  • English-medium instruction
  • Language and mobility
  • Commodification of language
  • Critical Applied Linguistics
  • Cultural Political Economy of Education
  • Discourse Studies.

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