The ELEMENTAL Project
English as the Language-of-Education Mechanisms in Europe: New Transdisciplinary Approaches in Linguistics
This project takes a novel, interdisciplinary approach to the rise of English in European higher education, re-theorizing it within the context of 'steering at a distance' reforms. 'Steering at a distance' is premised on a neoliberal philosophy of granting higher education institutions greater autonomy while putting into place extensive accountability mechanisms, such as key performance indicators, performance-related funding and development contracts.
The project tests the hypothesis that governance reforms centred on 'steering at a distance' is a key driver of English as a Medium of Instruction.
We are a team of one Principal Investigator, four Post-Doctoral Research Associates, four project advisors and four European and UK stakeholders.
The project is funded by UK Research and Innovation (2020-2024) under a Future Leaders Fellowship awarded to Professor Anna Kristina Hultgren (Grant Ref: MR/T021500/1).