Dr Jessica Bradley


Jessica joined the School of Education at the University of Sheffield in April 2019. Her current research focuses on the intersections of arts-based practice and applied linguistics and she is leading a project ‘Multilingual Streets: Translating and Curating the Linguistic Landscape’ (AHRC OWRI Cross-Language Dynamics) which considers young people’s engagements with language diversity through methodologies developed from visual and linguistic ethnography.

Contact Jessica on Jessica.bradley@sheffield.ac.uk  or @JessMaryBradley

Research Interests

Her AHRC-funded PhD, which she undertook in the School of Education at the University of Leeds, considered translanguaging practices in street arts production and performance and was part of a wider project, ‘Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities’, a multi-site ethnography which explored communication in the home and the workplace in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds and London.

She has recently co-developed a project which invited artists to respond to the concept of multilingualism, ‘Visual Representations of Multilingualism’ and in 2019-20 the project exhibition is touring, with exhibitions in the UK and Finland. She co-convenes the AILA Research Network in Creative Inquiry and Applied Linguistics, an international network which brings together researchers and practitioners interested in language and the arts. At Sheffield she co-convenes the Literacies Research Cluster. Her recent co-edited book ‘Translanguaging as transformation: The collaborative construction of new linguistic realities’ is published with Multilingual Matters in May 2020.