Sue Starfield

Postgraduate Research Coodinator
Professor

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, English for Specific Purposes, 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 academic literacies, advanced academic writing, research genres, access and equity issues for non-native speakers of English in higher education, students from refugee backgrounds. Sue has an ongoing interest in qualitative research methods and recently co-edited the Palgrave Handbook of Applied Linguistics Research Methodology (2019). Ethnographic perspectives on academic writing, co-authored with Brian Paltridge and Christine Tardy (Oxford University Press 2016) makes the case for ethnographic approaches to the study of academic writing. The second edition of her co-authored book Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language: A Handbook for Students and their Supervisors has just been published (Routledge 2020). She recently co-guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Second Language Writing: 'Thesis and dissertation writing in a second language: Context, identity, genre' (2019, vol. 43). Sue is currently co-authoring a book on the evolution of the PhD as an academic genre to be published by Bloomsbury. Sue also edits two book series with Routledge in the field of English for Specific Purposes: Introductions to English for Specific Purposes and Research in English for Specific Purposes. To hear Sue talk about her research focus, click here

Subject areas

Publications

Books
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Starfield S; Paltridge B, 2020, Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language: A Handbook for Students and their Supervisors, Routledge, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315170022
2020
2018, The Palgrave Handbook of Applied Linguistics Research Methodology, Palgrave Macmillan UK, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-59900-1
2018
Starfield S; Paltridge B; Tardy CM, 2016, Ethnographic perspectives on academic writing, Oxford University Press, Oxford
2016
Starfield S; Paltridge B, 2016, Getting published in academic journals: Navigating the publication process, MIchigan University Press, Ann Arbor
2016
Paltridge B; Starfield S; Tardy CM, 2015, Ethnographic Perspectives on Academic Writing
2015
Ravelli, L. J., Paltridge, B., & Starfield, S., (ed.), 2014, Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts, Libri Pub Limited
2014
Paltridge, B. & Starfield S, (ed.), 2013, The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes, Wiley-Blackwell
2013
Starfield S; Paltridge B, (ed.), 2013, The handbook of English for specific purposes, Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, MA, USA, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118339855
2013
Paltridge B; Starfield S, 2012, The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118339855
2012
Starfield S; Paltridge B, 2007, Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language: a handbook for supervisors, Routledge Press, UK, USA, Canada, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203960813
2007
Book Chapters
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Starfield S, 2019, 'Supervisory feedback: Building writing scaffolds with doctoral students', in Hyland K; Hyland F (ed.), , Cambridge University Press, pp. 206 - 225
2019
Starfield S, 2019, 'Student writing in higher education', in Gao X (ed.), , Springer Nature, Switzerland, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-58542-0_45-1
2019
Starfield S, 2019, 'Writing a research proposal', in Phakiti A; de Costa P; Plonsky L; Starfield S (ed.), , Springer, pp. 183 - 197
2019
Phakiti A; de Costa PI; Plonsky L; Starfield S, 2019, 'Applied linguistics research: Current issues, methods, and trends', in , Springer, pp. 5 - 29
2019
Starfield S; Paltridge B, 2018, 'Journal Editors: Gatekeepers or custodians?', in Novice Writers and Scholarly Publication: Authors, Mentors, Gatekeepers, pp. 253 - 270, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95333-5_14
2018
Starfield S, 2018, 'What examiners value in a PhD', in Carter S; Laurs D (ed.), Developing research writing, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 184 - 188
2018
Paltridge B; Starfield S, 2016, 'English for specific purposes', in Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning, pp. 56 - 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315716893
2016
Starfield S, 2016, 'QUOTIDIAN ETHICS IN THE NEOLIBERAL UNIVERSITY Research and Practice Collide', in DeCosta PI (ed.), ETHICS IN APPLIED LINGUISTICS RESEARCH: LANGUAGE RESEARCHER NARRATIVES, edn. Second Language Acquisition Research Series, ROUTLEDGE, pp. 53 - 65, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000372842300005&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2016
Starfield S, 2016, 'Quotidian ethics in the neo-liberal university: Research and practice collide', in Peter I. de Costa (ed.), Ethics in applied linguistics research: Language researcher narratives, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxford, pp. 53 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315816937
2016
Starfield S, 2016, 'English for specific purposes', in Hall G (ed.), ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING, edn. Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics, Routledge, Abingdon: Oxon; New York: NY, pp. 150 - 163, https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-English-Language-Teaching/Hall/p/book/9780415747394
2016
Paltridge B; Starfield S, 2016, 'English for Specific Purposes', in , Routledge, pp. 56 - 67, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315716893-5
2016
Paltridge B; Starfield S, 2016, 'Ethnographic perspectives on English for academic purposes research', in The Routledge Handbook of English for Academic Purposes, pp. 218 - 229, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315657455
2016
Starfield S, 2015, 'First person singular: Negotiating identity in academic writing in English', in Djenar D; Mahboob A; Cruickshank K (ed.), Language and identity across modes of communication, De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin, pp. 249 - 262, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9781614513599
2015
Starfield S; Clement N; Lovat T; Holbrook A; Bourke S; Kiley M; Paltridge B; Fairbairn H; Mcinerney D, 2015, 'Exploring Doctoral Examiner Judgements through the Lenses of Habermas and Epistemic Cognition', in Huisman J; Tight M (ed.), Theory and Method in Higher Education Research Volume 1, edn. Theory and Method in Higher Education Research, Emerald, Bingley, UK, pp. 213 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S2056-375220150000001010
2015
Starfield S, 2015, 'Quotidian Ethics in the Neoliberal University', in , Routledge, pp. 53 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315816937-4
2015
Starfield, S., Paltridge, B., Ravelli, L., , 2014, 'Researching Academic Writing: What Textography Affords', in Huisman J; Tight M (ed.), Theory and method in higher education research II (International perspectives on higher education research, Volume 10), edn. 1st, Emerald, Amsterdam ; New York : JAI, pp. 103 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1479-3628(2014)0000010011
2014
Starfield S; Ravelli LJ; Paltridge B; Tuckwell K; Nicholson S, 2014, 'Genre in the creative-practice doctoral thesis: Diversity and unity', in Garzone G; Ilie C (ed.), Genres and genre theory in transition, BrownWalker Press, Boca Raton, Florida USW, pp. 89 - 105, http://www.brownwalker.com/book.php?method=ISBN&book=1612337201
2014
Ravelli L; Paltridge B; Starfield S, 2014, 'Diversity in Creative and Performing Arts doctoral writing: a way forward', in Ravelli, L. J., Paltridge, B. & Starfield, S. (ed.), Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts, pp. 389 - 406, http://libripublishing.co.uk/art-performance-and-music/doctoral-writing-in-the-creative-and-performing-arts?cPath=&zenid=1rjfi1rnu9k8i6hip0uqb31au2
2014
Starfield S, 2013, 'Historical development of language for specific purposes', in Chapelle CA (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics - 10 volume set, edn. Original, Blackwell Publishing, pp. 1 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.10002/9781405198431.wbeal0505
2013
Starfield S, 2013, 'Researcher reflexivity', in Chapelle CA (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, edn. Original, Blackwell Publishing, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.10002/9781405198431.wbeal1011
2013
Starfield S, 2013, 'Critical perspectives on ESP', in The handbook of English for specific purposes, Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, MA, USA, pp. 461 - 479, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118339855.ch24
2013
Starfield S; Paltridge B; Ravelli L, 2012, ''Why do we have to write?': Practice-based theses in the visual and performing arts and the place of writing', in Berkenkotter C; Bhatia VK; Gotti M (ed.), Insights into academic genres, Peter Lang, Bern, pp. 169 - 190
2012
Starfield S; Paltridge B, 2011, 'Research in English for specific purposes', in Hinkel E (ed.), Handbook of research in second language teaching and learning, edn. 1, Routledge, New York, pp. 106 - 121, http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470655321.html
2011
Starfield S, 2011, 'Doing critical ethnographic research into academic writing: the theory of methodology', in Belcher D; Johns AM; Paltridge B (ed.), New directions in English for specific purposes research, edn. Original, University of Michigan Press, pp. 174 - 196, http://www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do;jsessionid=0216353635B3E303D7265B615F860D35?id=371075
2011
Starfield S, 2010, 'Fortunate travellers: learning from the multiliterate lives of doctoral students', in Walker M; Thomson P (ed.), Routledge Doctoral Supervisor's Companion, Routledge, New York, pp. 138 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203851760
2010
Starfield S, 2010, 'Ethnographies', in Paltridge B; Phakiti A (ed.), Continuum companion to research methods in applied linguistics, edn. Original, Continuum International Publishing Group, London, pp. 50 - 65
2010
Starfield S, 2007, 'New Directions in Student Academic Writing', in Cummins J; Davison C (ed.), International Handbook of English Language Teaching, edn. Original, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, New York, pp. 875 - 890
2007
Starfield S, 2004, 'Word Power: negotiating success in a first-year sociology essay', in Ravelli L; Ellis RA (ed.), Analysing Academic Writing: Contextualized Frameworks, edn. First, Continuum Publishing Co, London, pp. 66 - 83
2004
Starfield S, 2004, '`Why does this feel empowering?`:Thesis writing, concordancing, and the corporatizing university', in Norton B; Toohey K (ed.), Critical Pedagogies and Language Learning, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York, Melbourne, pp. 138 - 157
2004
Starfield S; Coleman D; Hagan A, 2003, 'The attitudes of IELTS stakeholders: Student and staff perceptions of IELTS in Australian, UK and Chinese tertiary institutions', in IELTS International English Language Testing System: English for International Opportunity. Research Reports 2003, edn. Volume, IDP: IELTS Australia, Canberra, pp. 159 - 235
2003
Starfield S, 2001, '`I`ll go with the group`: Rethinking `discourse community` in EAP', in Flowerdew J; Peacock M (ed.), Research Perspectives on English for Academic Purposes, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, pp. 132 - 147
2001
Conference Papers
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Cranney J; Jones G; Morris SC; Starfield S; Martire KA; Newell BR; Wong K, 2008, 'Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) in First-year Psychology: Mass Screening and Targeted Assistance', in Proceedings of the 43rd Annual APS Conference, 43rd APS annual conference 23 - 27 September 2008, Hobart, Tasmania, HOBART, TASMANIA, presented at 43rd APS annual conference 23 - 27 September 2008, Hobart, Tasmania, HOBART, TASMANIA, 23 September 2008 - 27 September 2008
2008
Quinlan AM; Starfield S; Marshall NG; Demirbilek OR; Watson BE; Evans CB; Corkery LF; Zou PX, 2007, 'Sudents as Schilas: Weaving Threads of Understanding of the Final Year Undergraduate Research Experience:a case study from the Built Environment', in Kofod M; Takayama K (ed.), International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, Sydney, pp. 104 - 105, presented at International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, Sydney, 02 July 2007 - 05 July 2007
2007
Journal articles
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Starfield S, 2019, 'Thesis and dissertation writing in a second language: Context, identity, genre', Journal of Second Language Writing, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jslw.2018.10.002
2019
Starfield S; Gass S; Juffs A; Hyland K, 2018, 'Conducting Research at Language Centers: Practical Perspectives from the Field', TESOL Quarterly, vol. 52, pp. 1108 - 1119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/tesq.484
2018
Kiley M; Holbrook A; Lovat T; Fairbairn H; Starfield S; Paltridge B, 2018, 'An oral component in PhD examination in Australia Issues and considerations', AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES REVIEW, vol. 60, pp. 25 - 34, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000425847500005&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2018
Starfield S; Paltridge B; McMurtrie R; Holbrook A; Lovat T; Kiley M; Fairbairn H, 2017, 'Evaluation and instruction in PhD examiners' reports: How grammatical choices construe examiner roles', Linguistics and Education, vol. 42, pp. 53 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.linged.2017.07.008
2017
Paltridge B; Starfield S, 2016, 'Getting Published in Academic Journals', , http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/mpub.5173299
2016
Starfield S, 2016, 'Supporting doctoral writing at an Australian university', WRITING & PEDAGOGY, vol. 8, pp. 177 - 198, http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/wap.v8i1.27632
2016
Mahboob A; Paltridge B; Phakiti A; Wagner E; Starfield S; Burns A; Jones RH; De Costa PI, 2016, 'TESOL Quarterly Research Guidelines', TESOL Quarterly, vol. 50, pp. 42 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/tesq.288
2016
Lovat, T, Holbrook, A, Bourke, S., Fairbairn, H, Kiley, M, Paltridge, B & Starfield, S. , 2015, 'Examining doctoral examination and the question of the Viva', Higher Education Review, vol. 47, pp. 5 - 23
2015
Starfield S; Paltridge B; McMurtrie R; Holbrook A; Bourke S; Fairbairn H; Kiley M; Lovat T, 2015, 'Understanding the language of evaluation in examiners' reports on doctoral theses', Linguistics and Education, vol. 31, pp. 130 - 144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.linged.2015.06.004
2015
Starfied, S, 2014, 'Current and future directions in English for specific purposes research', Revue francaise de linguistique appliquee, vol. XiX, pp. 9 - 14, http://www.cairn.info/revue-francaise-de-linguistique-appliquee-2014-1-page-9.htm
2014
Starfield S; Paltridge B, 2014, 'Current and Future Directions in English for Specific Purposes Research', REVUE FRANCAISE DE LINGUISTIQUE APPLIQUEE, vol. 19, pp. 9 - 14, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000336773800002&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2014
Ravelli L; Paltridge B; Starfield S; Tuckwell K, 2013, 'Extending the notion of 'text': The visual and performing arts doctoral thesis', Visual Communication, vol. 12, pp. 395 - 422, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357212462663
2013
Starfield S, 2012, 'Voices, identities, negotiations and conflicts: writing academic English across cultures', LANGUAGE CULTURE AND CURRICULUM, vol. 25, pp. 207 - 211, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07908318.2012.693350
2012
Paltridge B; Starfield S; Ravelli L; Tuckwell K, 2012, 'Change and stability: Examining the macrostructures of doctoral thesis in the visual and performing arts', Journal of English for Academic Purposes, vol. 11, pp. 332 - 344, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2012.08.003
2012
Starfield S; Paltridge B; Ravelli L; Nicholson S, 2012, 'Doctoral writing in the visual and performing arts: Two ends of a continuum', Studies in Higher Education, vol. 37, pp. 989 - 1003, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2011.562285
2012
Paltridge B; Starfield S; Ravelli L; Nicholson S, 2011, 'Doctoral Writing in the Visual and Performing Arts: Issues and Debates', International Journal of Art and Design Education, vol. 30, pp. 242 - 255, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1476-8070.2011.01700.x/pdf
2011
Starfield S, 2011, 'Editorial', English for Specific Purposes, vol. 30, pp. 85 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.esp.2011.02.001
2011
Paltridge B; Starfield S, 2011, 'Editorial', English for Specific Purposes, vol. 30, pp. 245 - 246, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.esp.2011.08.001
2011
Starfield S; Paltridge B, 2010, 'Special Issue: ESP Research in Europe', ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES, vol. 29, pp. 224 - 224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.esp.2010.07.001
2010
Starfield S, 2010, 'Editorial', English for Specific Purposes, vol. 29, pp. 77, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.esp.2010.02.001
2010
Starfield S, 2009, 'Editorial', English for Specific Purposes, vol. 28, pp. 215 - 216, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.esp.2009.09.001
2009
Starfield S, 2009, 'Editorial', English for Specific Purposes, vol. 28, pp. 77 - 78, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.esp.2009.03.001
2009
Ravelli L; Starfield S, 2008, 'Typography and disciplinary identity in academic writing', Information Design Journal, vol. 16, pp. 133 - 147, http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/idj.16.1.06rav
2008
Ravelli L; Starfield S, 2006, '`The writing of this thesis was a process that I could not explore with the positivistic detachment of the classical sociologist`: Self and structure in New Humanities research theses', Journal of English for Academic Purposes, vol. 5, pp. 222 - 243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2006.07.004
2006
Starfield S, 2003, 'The evolution of a thesis-writing course for Arts and Social Sciences students: What can applied linguistics offer ?', Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol. 8, pp. 137 - 154
2003
Starfield S, 2002, '`I`m a Second-Language English Speaker`: Negotiating Writer Identity and Authority in Sociology One', Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, vol. 1, pp. 121 - 140
2002
Starfield S, 1997, 'Negotiating identities: Education for empowerment in a diverse society - Cummins,J', TESOL QUARTERLY, vol. 31, pp. 645 - 650, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3587849
1997
Norton B; Starfield S, 1997, 'Covert language assessment in academic writing', Language Testing, vol. 14, pp. 278 - 294, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/026553229701400305
1997
STARFIELD S, 1994, 'Cummins, EAP, and Academic Literacy', TESOL Quarterly, vol. 28, pp. 176 - 179, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3587208
1994