Sue Starfield


Sue Starfield is a Professor in the School of Education. For 18 years she was the Director of The Learning Centre at UNSW. Her research and publications cover tertiary academic literacies; doctoral writing, writing for publication, postgraduate pedagogy, identity in academic writing and access and equity in higher education. Her research has focused on Writing in the academy: The practice-based thesis as an evolving genre (ARC Discovery Grant 2008-2010) and a A cross-national study of the relative impact of an oral component on PhD examination quality, language and practice (ARC Discovery Grant 2011-2014). She supervises students in the areas of tertiary literacies, advanced academic writing, research genres, access and equity issues for non-native speakers of English in higher education. Ethnographic perspectives on academic writing, co-authored with Brian Paltridge and Christine Tardy is published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. To hear Sue talk about her research focus, click here.

Sue also edits two book series with Routledge: Introductions to English for Specific Purposes and Routledge Research in English for Specific Purposes.

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