Iain Philip (PhD student)

Thesis title: Syrian refugees learning English in Scotland


Iain was born in Fiji and grew up in Jordan, Scotland, Indonesia and Yemen meaning that while he is offically Scottish his feelings of cultural and national identity are somewhat complex. He has been a English teacher for most of his life working in Cambodia, Bhutan, Jordan, Bangladesh and Taiwan before returning to live in Edinburgh in 2014. He is married with two children and is presently completing a PhD in Education at University of Edinburgh.


BA (Hons) English Literature and Philosophy  University of Bristol 1995

MSc Applied Linguistics University of Edinburgh 2006

Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) Cambridge ESOL 2008

Responsibilities & affiliations

Fellow of Royal Scottish Society of Arts (RSSA)

Research summary

English Language Teaching,  Identity, Motivation and Citizenship, Intercultural Pedagogy

Current research interests

Exploring Refugees' Construction of Identities in Relation to Learning English