Ali, Maksud


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I am a Lecturer (Teaching & Research) in TESOL Education in the Division of Education and Society, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. Prior to joining the University of Dundee, I worked in the School of Education at the University of Queensland, Australia. I studied and taught applied linguistics and TESOL across three universities and in different countries including Australia, Bangladesh, and the UK. This diversity has enriched my teaching and research experience and provided me with an opportunity to work with colleagues from different contexts. I hold an MA in TESOL from the University of Essex and a PhD in TESOL Education from the University of Queensland, English for human capital development in a globalising world: policy, perceptions and practices. I am also an Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy.


My research focuses on policy and practice of TESOL and how these relate to people and their wellbeing in society. I have strong interest in understanding how language education policy changes in developing countries in the context of globalisation and in relation to the discourses of development and economic potential of languages and education more broadly, and thereafter, how such changes affect individuals, their positions, aspirations, subjectivities, and mobilities in society. I take social justice perspectives and utilise a political economic lens to unpack social inequalities and marginalisation. Reflecting the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals (SDGs), my aim is to contribute to understanding ways of ensuring inclusive and equitable education policy and practices by unpacking systems of oppression, which are related to historical, structural, political, economic, ontological, and epistemological influences.   

I hold an interdisciplinary approach which brings TESOL into dialogue with broader sociological, ideological, and political economic issues underpinning education in our time. My research is qualitative in nature, and I draw on social theories, critical perspectives, and my life experiences to inform my analysis.

My works contribute to language, education, and society in relation to the interdisciplinary areas of language and political economy; language and education; language and development, language education and social justice.

Impact in relation to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. My work contributes toward the following SDG(s):

  • Quality education
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Reduced inequalities


ED51073: TESOL Curriculum and Instruction 

ED51074: Critical Language Awareness and Practice in TESOL 

PD50206: Dissertation 

Research interests

I welcome PhD supervision in the areas of applied linguistics and TESOL education. I am particularly interested in the areas of:

  • Language education policy 
  • TESOL 
  • Curriculum and pedagogy 
  • Language in education policy and planning 
  • Political economy in applied linguistcs and language education 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland


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