Erdocia Iniguez

Primary Department
School of Applied Language & Intercultural Studies
Academic Staff
Iker Erdocia
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

Iker Erdocia is Assistant Professor and Director of Research at the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS). Before joining Dublin City University, he held the position of Invited Lecturer at Université de Montréal (2013-2016). 

Iker is President of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics and executive committee member of the Language Policy group, British Association for Applied Linguistics. He is a member of the Linguistic Justice Society and working group member of the COST Action CA19102 'Language in the Human-Machine Era' (LITHME). He is also a member of the Institute for Future Media Democracy and Society (FuJo), the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies and the Applied Linguistics Research Group in DCU. Iker is involved in public engagement activities as Chair of the Board of Directors of the NGO New Communities Partnership (NCP).

Iker's research has been published in high-ranking journals within the fields of sociolinguistics and applied linguistics, including Language Policy (2018), Current Issues in Language Planning (2019 & 2021), Language Problems and Language Planning (2020), Linguistics and Education (2020), Journal of Sociolinguistics (2022), Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (2022), Journal of Language and Politics (2022), Multilingua, Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication (2023), Higher Education (2024), The Language Learning Journal (2024) and Language, Culture and Society (2024), among others. He has also published a book (2018) on language teacher education. This investigation was awarded the ASELE (Association of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language) prize for the best PhD in 2017. 

Iker's research projects have been funded by the Irish Research Council, Royal Irish Academy/British Academy, DCU Research Initiative Scheme, and DCU Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS Fellowship). He is currently involved in an IRC-funded research project that looks at understanding and overcoming language and cultural barriers in the political and civic participation of people of immigrant origin in Ireland.  

Research interests

Iker is committed to interdisciplinarity and adopts an eclectic approach to methodology. His research sits at the interface of language, policy and politics and aims to promote debate on language matters between academic and non-academic stakeholders. Iker's areas of interest include:

- Language in education;
- Language policy;
- Language and politics.

Two PhD students have completed their research projects under Iker's supervision and four are currently in progress. The topics of the projects are related to language policy in education, language teacher training, language teaching and learning, corpus linguistics and discourse analysis. Research students interested in working in any of these areas are encouraged to get in touch.