Dr Elisabeth Barakos

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Dr Elisabeth Barakos
I joined Aston University in September 2015. Previous to that, I worked as research assistant and lecturer for Business English communication at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna). My PhD thesis, entitled The promotion of bilingualism in businesses in Wales. A critical language policy study, examined Welsh-English corporate bilingualism through the lens of critical discourse studies. During my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I spent extended research periods at Manchester University, Lancaster University and University of Toronto.

My research interests include all aspects of language and communication in education and workplace settings, as well as language policy and multilingualism from a critical sociolinguistic angle. My current research project investigates the management, promotion and lived experience of ‘language work’ at language education companies through a discourse-ethnographic lens. Other interests include the notion of ‘eliteness’ and multilingualism, Foucault’s notion of governmentality as well as the political economy of language.

  • MA in English and Spanish Linguistics and Literature, Vienna University, 2007
  • GTP (Graduate Teacher Programme), CILT London, 2009
  • PhD in Sociolinguistics, Vienna University, 2014

  • Research Methods in Language & Communication
  • Leadership and Management Communication 1
  • Leadership and Management Communication 2
  • Contexts, Modes and Media

  • Multilingualism and the workplace
  • Language policy, linguistic minorities
  • Critical discourse studies
  • Language ideologies
  • Language, political economy and social inequalities
  • Linguistic ethnography


  • Barakos, E. and J. W. Unger (eds.) 2016. Discursive approaches to language policy. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book chapters

  • Barakos, E. (accepted). “The nexus of language policy, ideology and practice in businesses in Wales”. In Nekvapil, J. & Sherman, T. (eds.). English in Business and Commerce: Interactions and Policies. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Barakos, E. 2016 “Language policy and critical discourse studies: towards an integrated approach”. In Barakos, E. and J. W. Unger (eds.). Discursive approaches to language policy. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal articles

  • Barakos, E. (2016). “Language policy and governmentality in businesses in Wales: a continuum of empowerment and regulation”. In Multilingua, Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication 35(4)(Special issue: Languaging the worker: Globalized governmentalities in/of language in peripheral spaces, ed. by Kati Dlaske & Mireille McLaughlin). 
  • Dlaske, K., Barakos, E., Motobayashi, K. & McLaughlin, M. (2016). “Introduction: Languaging the worker: Globalized governmentalities in/of language in peripheral spaces”. In Multilingua, Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication 35(4).
  • Barakos, E. (2012). “Language policy and planning in urban professional settings: bilingualism in Cardiff businesses”. In Current Issues in Language Planning 13/3: 167-186.

Conference proceedings and working papers

  • Haidinger, E. (2010). “The use, relevance and visibility of Welsh vis-à-vis English in the private sector”. In Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics, Aberdeen University, 127-137.
  • Haidinger, E. (2008). “Scotland and Austria: a critical discussion of language status and perceptions of Scots and Austrian German”. In Views (Vienna English Working Papers) 17/1: 3-27.

Selected conference papers

  • Elite multilingualism: A critical dialogue from a theoretical and empirical standpoint. Colloquium convenor (with Charlotte Selleck, University of Worcester), Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Murcia, 15 - 18 June 2016.
  • Welsh language policy in the workplace. Paper presented at the 'WISERD’s Language, Culture and Identity' Thematic Group Conference on the Welsh language and the workplace, Bangor, 23 May 2016.
  • Governmentality, language policy and critical discourse studies. Towards an integrated approach. presented at ‘Political Discourse: Multidisciplinary Approaches’ Conference, University College London, 26 – 27 June 2015.
  • Managing diversity in the institutionalised workplace through the lens of language policy. Paper presented at GURT (Georgetown University Round Table), Washington DC, 13 – 15 March 2015.
  • Recontextualising bilingual language policies: a discourse-historical perspective. Paper presented at CADAAD (Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines), Budapest, 1 – 3 September 2014.
  • Discursive approaches to language policy. Colloquium convenor (with Johann W. Unger, Lancaster University), Sociolinguistics Symposium 20, Jyväskylä University, 15 – 18 June 2014.
  • Language policy processes and governmentality in Wales: A discursive perspective. Chair and invited paper presentation in the colloquium “Languaging the worker” (organised by Kati Dlaske and Mireille McLaughlin), at the AAA (American Anthropological Association) Meeting, Chicago, 20 – 24 November 2013.
  • Language policy as a discursive phenomenon: The case of Wales. Paper presented at the Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference, Calgary University, 5 – 7 September 2013.
  • The promotion of Welsh in business – a discursive approach to language policy. Paper presented at the CRASSH Language Endangerment: Language Policy and Planning Conference, Cambridge University, 26 July 2013.

Invited guest lectures

  • The management and lived experience of the bilingual workplace in Wales - a critical discursive policy approach. Guest lecture, OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), University of Toronto, 24 February 2015.
  • Bilingualism in business. Perspectives from Europe. Guest lecture, Bilingual Education: Theory and Practices, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), 22 July 2014.
  • The nexus of language policy, ideology and practice. Insights from Wales. Guest lecture, departmental seminar series of SOAS, University of London, 13 May 2014.
  • Language policy and ideology in Wales. A critical examination of the discursive construction of promoting Welsh in business. Guest lecture, Language, Ideology and Power (LIP) Research Group, University of Lancaster, 8 October 2012.

  • AAA (American Anthropological Association)
  • BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics)
  • SLA (Society for Linguistic Anthropology)
  • UKLEF (UK Linguistic Ethnography Forum)
  • VERBAL (Austrian Applied Linguistic Association), former treasurer and board member

  • 2015: Post-doc ethnographic research project on linguistic diversity in language education companies, WU Vienna
  • 2015: OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) Visiting Scholars Funding Programme, University of Toronto
  • 2015: High Potential Contact Weeks scholarship for research stay at University of Toronto, WU Vienna
  • 2014: Dr Maria Schaumayer award for PhD thesis, supporting the career of female researchers in Austria
  • 2012: International Communication grant, awarded by ÖFG (Austrian Research Association), for postgraduate study visit to Lancaster University
  • 2011: Postgraduate grant awarded by BMWF (Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research), for research workshop at University of Birmingham
  • 2011: KWA stipend (short-term grant abroad) awarded by Vienna University Office for Research Services and International Relations, for field study in Wales

  • 2015 – : Lecturer, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University
  • 2009 – 2015: Research and Teaching Assistant, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • 2008-2009: GTP (Graduate Teacher Programme), The Priory School, Dorking, Surrey School
  • 2008: Traineeship at Council of Europe, European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Room: MB732b
Phone: 0121 204 3238
Email: e.barakos@aston.ac.uk
: @Barakos_E
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