Dr Laura Gurney

Laura Gurney

Senior Lecturer


Adult Education; Arts and Language Education; Education Research; English; Language/Literacy/Linguistics; Languages and Literacy Education; Lifelong Learning; Professional Learning; Teacher Education; Teacher Professional Learning/Development

English as an additional language Spanish as an additional language

Qualifications: PhD, MA TESOL, BA (Hons) Languages and Linguistics, BA International Relations

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Gurney, Dr Laura 9563 lgurney TC.3.24 Education, School of (SOE)

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Papers Taught

About Laura

I am a languages educator who specialises in the theorisation of language practice and languages in higher education. I am also an experienced translator.

Divisional Teaching Excellence Award 2019 recipient

University of Waikato Teaching Excellence Award 2019 recipient

Research Supervised

As a PhD supervisor, I work predominantly in applied linguistics, languages education, and teacher learning and development.

Completed supervisions:

Thy Canh Minh Phan, Doctor of Philosophy (2020)

  • Thesis title: Professional learning in a Vietnamese university language teaching context: An inquiry-driven approach

Banchakarn Sameephet, Doctor of Philosophy (2020)

  • Thesis title: On the fluidity of languages: A way out of the dilemma in English medium instruction classrooms in Thailand

Shazré Sarfraz, Doctor of Philosophy (2019)

  • Thesis title: Rethinking formative assessment through peer observation and reflection: A case study of Pakistani ESL lecturers' cognition and practices

Research Interests

My research explores languages and language learning in higher education, multilingualism and languaging, and teacher learning and development.

Laura Gurney on ResearchGate

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Recent Publications

  • Demuro, E., & Gurney, L. (2021). Languages/languaging as world-making: the ontological bases of language. Language Sciences, 83, 101307. doi:10.1016/j.langsci.2020.101307

  • Campbell, S., & Gurney, L. (2020). Mapping and navigating ontologies in water governance: The case of the Ganges. Water International. doi:10.1080/02508060.2020.1812268

  • Gurney, L., & Díaz, A. (2020). Coloniality, neoliberalism and the language textbook. Language, Culture and Society, 2(2). doi:10.1075/lcs.20003.gur

  • Gurney, L., & Díaz, A. (2020). Coloniality, neoliberalism and the language textbook: Unravelling the symbiosis in Spanish as a foreign language. Language, Culture and Society, 2(2), 150-174.

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