Wei Li - Curriculum Vitae#

  • PhD in Speech Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1991 (Ridley Fellowship, 1988 - 1991)
  • MA in English Language Studies (with TEFL), with Distinction, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1988
  • BA (English Language & Literature), Beijing Normal (Teachers) University, 1985
  • Diploma in Education, specialism: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), School of Foreign Languages, Beijing, 1979

Early career
  • 1995 - 1998 Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 1993 - 1995 Lecturer in Clinical Linguistics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 1991 - 1993 Research Associate, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 1986 - 1988 Teaching Fellow in Chinese Language and Society, East Asia Centre, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

In the course of his career he has been principal (PI) or co-investigator (Co-I) on externally funded projects to a total value in excess of £4m, including most recently:
  • 2018 - 2022: Early childhood bilingualism: Effects on brain structure and function. (Leverhulme, PI, £305,748, with colleagues at the Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCL Institute of Child Health)
  • 2017 - 20: Family Language Policy: A Multi-level Investigation of Multilingual Practices in Transnational Families (ESRC, Co-I, £849,192)
  • 2016 - 18: Cognitive Benefits of Language Learning: Broadening our perspectives (British Academy Special Project, Co-PI, £149,808)
  • 2014 - 18 Translation and translanguaging: Investigating linguistic and cultural transformation in superdiverse wards in four UK cities (Arts and Humanities Research Council, Co-I of programme and Co-PI of London project, £1,926,818.00)

His publications include 21 authored, co-authored and edited books, 11 journal special issues and some 130 articles and chapters.

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