Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Francis Hult holds a PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently Director of Studies for English at Lund University and Professor of English at Jönköping University. He is co-editor of the Handbook of Educational Linguistics (with Bernard Spolsky; Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), editor of Directions and Prospects for Educational Linguistics (Springer, 2010), co-editor of Educational Linguistics in Practice (with Kendall King; Multilingual Matters, 2011), and co-editor of Research Methods in Language Policy and Planning: A Practical Guide (with David Cassels Johnson; Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). Hult has lectured on sociolinguistics, language policy, and discourse analysis at universities in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Canada, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Singapore and presented widely at international conferences in North America, Europe, and Asia.


About the research

Hult's research work focuses on the management of linguistic diversity in multilingual social environments, with an emphasis on the impact of the international spread of English on language policies and practices. He is particularly interested in processes of language planning that attempt to manage the status of national languages with respect to minority and foreign languages in Scandinavia. He investigates these issues by drawing on ethnographic and discourse analytic methods (e.g., nexus analysis and linguistic landscape analysis) to study the implications of language choices by individuals who live, work, and study in multilingual settings.

Related to the management of language in educational settings, Hult also explores the history and development of educational linguistics as a transdisciplinary (sub)field. He examines its symbiotic relationship to applied linguistics as well as the methodological implications of conducting problem-oriented research that transcends disciplines.


Editorships (5)
Articles (21)
Book chapters (16)
Conference contributions (21)
Reviews (1)
Miscellaneous (2)

Research portal (Lund University)



  • Director of Studies at English Studies

Other tasks and qualifications

He is the founder and manager of the Educational Linguistics List, a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language; Anthropology & Education Quarterly; Language, Culture, and Curriculum; Current Issues in Language Planning; Journal of Language, Identity, and Education; Language Problems and Language Planning; International Multilingual Research Journal; Language Policy; the Language Education Tensions in Global and Local Contexts book series (Routledge/CAL), and a member of the advisory committee of the Language Policy Research Network (LPREN) as well as editor of the Educational Linguistics book series for Springer and co-editor of the Contributions to the Sociology of Language book series for de Gruyter. He was the 2010 Language Learning Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, and in 2012, he received the Early Career Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. He is affiliated with the research networks Communication, Culture and Diversity at Jönköping University and Discourse Hub at the University of Jyväskylä, and he is a member of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE-UNESCO) network of experts. He served a three-year term as a committee (beredningsgrupp) member for educational studies at the Swedish Research Council. He has been a UNESCO senior visiting scholar and a Charles A. Ferguson Fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics as well as a visiting researcher at the University of Calgary Language Research Centre and the National Institute of Education in Singapore.

Francis Hult

Director of Studies, Reader
English Studies
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail francis.hultenglund.luse

Phone +46 46 222 77 26

Room SOL:H331a

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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