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Fengzhi Zhao

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Fengzhi Zhao is an Assistant Professor in Department of Applied Linguistics. Before joining XJTLU, she did her Ph.D. at the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Applied Linguistics, Birkbeck, University of London. Her fields of research broadly fall into: sociolinguistics; linguistic landscape studies; discourse analysis; linguistic ethnography. She is generally interested in issues such as language, space and identity; sociolinguistics of globalization and cosmopolitanism; sociolinguistic enquiry pertaining to digital humanities and health humanities.  She is currently working on projects related to language, affect, and urban encounters in the context of Shanghai; language and discourse in the online-offline nexus of everyday lifeworld; language, communication and aging in place. Publications can be reached in ResearchGate:

Research interests


Linguistic landscape studies

Discourse analysis

Linguistic ethnography

Language, space and identity

Sociolinguistics of globalization and cosmopolitanism



Assistant Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 2023 - present

Program Director for MA Applied Linguistics, 2024 - present

Research Seminar Coordinator, 2023 - 2024



LNG423 MA Dissertation (Applied Linguistics)

LNG203 Language and Society

LNG406 Research Methods 

Awards and honours

2018-2021 Birkbeck School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy (SSHP) Scholarship for Doctoral Research

2018-2022 China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship for Doctoral Research

2015-2017 European Union Erasmus Mundus Master Scholarship for Research

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Birkbeck, University of London

Master of Social Sciences, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris)

BA, Dalian University of Technology

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