Briefly About ...

Researcher, educator, journalist, broadcaster, translator and webdesigner. Primary research interests include cognitive linguistics, discourse analysis, philosophy of social science, philosophy of education and curriculum design.

Currently works as a Senior Education and Technology Specialist for Dyslexia Action. Worked on projects including Load2Learn and iLearnRW. Currently working on a project for using tablets to improve reading outcomes in children with dyslexia.

Worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum designer, materials developer. Co-authored textbook and grammar book of Czech as a second language and run a website for students of Czech language and culture.

Translated Lakoff's Women, Fire and Dangerous Things into Czech and run Was associate editor of Benjamin's Metaphor Bibliography and run A member of the Prague Linguistic Circle, also also designed and maintain its website on

Co-organised CADAAD, series of conferences on Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines, and co-founded online journal CADAAD. Designed and run

Published academic papers in journals and edited volumes. Presented papers at international conferences on linguistics and education. Gave invited lectures. Co-edited volume on Cognitive Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis. See (see Bibliography for a list and for a list of PowerPoints).

Contributed close to a hundred articles to Czech print and online media (see Bibliography) including opinion, original writing, interviews, and reviews on subjects covering language, culture, society, literature, politics, religion, human rights, science, philosophy, and education.

Presented and co-produced several programmes on community radio station, Future Radio 96.9FM in Norwich:  Presenter and co-producer on Community Chest, magazine programme dealing with issues of local politics, environment, religion, equality, law and education. Book review contributor to Platform, weekly Arts and Culture programme. Presenter of Textures, occasional late-night jazz programme. Lead contributor to TechTalk, a computer and technology feature/programme. Produced a recorded a series of programmes for Black History Month. Produced and presented Humanities Conversations, podcast on issues in the social sciences.

Involved in research projects including: lexicographic software assessment, contrast of cohesion in Czech and English, uses of metaphors and framing in Educational discourse, language of personalisation at an educational instution, supporting personalisation through online applications, ethnography of knowledge on campus, course impact, academic career paths, assessment of university teaching, etc.

Taught and designed curricula and learning materials on a variety of subjects including: metaphor and cognitive linguistics, language and learning, discourse analysis, social linguistics, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Czech language and culture, webdesign, online research skills, computer research skills. Created printed and online materials including audio, video, and screencasts.

Taught at institutions including University of East Anglia, University of Glasgow, School of East-European and Slavic Studies, Collegium Hieronymi Pragensis, Charles University, ITC International, and United States Peace Corps.

Also worked as training director and regional language specialist for US Peace Corps in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as the Academic Manager, General Manager, Curriculum Designer and Teacher Trainer for ITC International. Additionally worked as translator, interpreter, free-lance researcher and consultant.

Designed and implemented number of websites including and (see Webliography for complete list). Collaborated on the design of TuiT, a VLE for language teaching. Active in the Drupal community. Taught webdesign at City College Norwich. Taught computing (Word, PowerPoint, OS, Internet) for Trias. Taught classes in online research techniques and research tools at University of East Anglia.

Born in Liberec, Czech Republic, lived in Prague with many interruptions for 15 years and currently reside in Norwich having spent two years in London and one in Glasgow. Traveled and worked in about thirty countries around the world. See a map of my travels  available courtesy of Google Maps.

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