Dr Laura Gurney

Laura Gurney

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: PhD, MA TESOL, BA (Hons), NAATI

About Laura

I am a languages educator who specialises in academic literacies, languages in higher education, and the theorisation of language practice.

Divisional Teaching Excellence Award 2019 recipient

University of Waikato Teaching Excellence Award 2019 recipient

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

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

Completed supervisions:

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

Recent Publications

  • Gurney, L., & Grossi, V. (2019). Performing support in higher education: Negotiating conflicting agendas in academic language and learning advisory work. Higher Education Research and Development, 14 pages. doi:10.1080/07294360.2019.1609916

  • Gurney, L., & Demuro, E. (2019). Tracing new ground, from language to languaging, and from languaging to assemblages: rethinking languaging through the multilingual and ontological turns. International Journal of Multilingualism, 1-20. doi:10.1080/14790718.2019.1689982 Open Access version:

  • Grossi, V., & Gurney, L. (2019). ‘Is it ever enough?’ Exploring academic language and learning advisory identities through small stories. Discourse Studies, 1-16. doi:10.1177/1461445619887540 Open Access version:

  • Gurney, L., & Lee, S. (2019). Mobilities, pluralities, and neoliberal priorities Considering the international student perspective to explore tensions in higher education and academic literary practice. In V. Anderson, & H. Johnson (Eds.), Migration, Education and Translation: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Human Mobility and Cultural Encounters in Education Settings (1 ed., pp. 14 pages). London: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780429291159

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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

Contact Details

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

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