Dr Xiaowei (Vivien) Zhou
Lecturer in Intercultural Communication
Deputy Programme Leader for
MSc Intercultural Business Communication and
MSc Intercultural Business Communication with TESOL
The Business School
Room: 4/14, Craiglockhart Campus
Tel: +44(0)131 455 4527
PhD in Education (The University of Manchester), MA in English Language and Literature (Peking University), BA in English Language and Literature (Peking University), PGCert TLHE
Areas of expertise
Intercultural communication / intercultural education (including intercultural competence development in the workplace), the internationalisation of students’ learning experience, narrative inquiry, researching multilingually.
Dr Xiaowei Zhou, also known as Vivien Zhou, is a lecturer in Intercultural Communication and Deputy Programme Leader for MSc Intercultural Business Communication and MSc Intercultural Business Communication with TESOL. She leads the postgraduate modules Intercultural Business Communication and Developing Intercultural Competence in the Workplace and teaches on the undergraduate module Intercultural Organisational Management.
She also supervises Doctoral research projects in areas related to her main areas of interest. She took the role of Membership Secretary and Treasurer of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) since January 2014.
Current Research Projects
Vivien is currently leading the project “A four-dimensional exploration of business students’ intercultural competence development against the backdrop of internationalising Higher Education” (funded by the Business School, Edinburgh Napier University). She has also collaborated in the project “Re-constructing ‘culture of learning’ – international student experiences in China and the UK” led by Dr Monika Foster (funded with Teaching Fellow Grants, Edinburgh Napier University) since January 2013.
Selected publications and conference papers
Zhou, X. and Fay, R. (2015, 29 Nov). ‘Home’, an overlooked space for intercultural competence development? Paper presented at the 15th International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) conference, “Intercultural Communication in Social Practice”, Nov 27th – 29th, 2015, Beijing, UK.
Stelma, J., Fay, R. and Zhou, X. (2013). Developing intentionality and researching multilingually: An ecological and methodological perspective. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 23(3): 300-315.
Zhou, X. and Fay, R. (2012, 1 Dec). Towards an anti-essentialist understanding of international education. Paper presented at the 12th International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) annual conference, “Intercultural Dialogue: Current Challenges / Future Directions”, Nov 30th – Dec 2nd, 2012, Durham, UK.
Zhou, X. (2012, 1 Jun). Acculturation as storied cultural learning experience. Paper presented at the conference “Narrative Matters 2012 – Life and Narrative”, May 28th - June 1st 2012, Paris, France.
Zhou, X. (2011). Becoming an independent learner through cultural transitions. In F. Su (Ed.), Chasing the Dream: Learning Journeys. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books, pp. 89-103.
Smith, P. V., & Zhou, X. (2009). The dissonance between insider and outsider perspectives of the ‘Chinese problem’: Implications for one of the UK’s largest undergraduate programmes. In T. Coverdale-Jones & P. Rastall (Eds.), Internationalising the university: The Chinese context. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 130-146.