Dr Alexandra Grey

BA (English/French) LLB (UNSW) Grad Dip Legal Practice (College of Law) PGDip AppLing MAppLing (Monash) PhD (Macquarie)
Postdoctoral Fellow

Member of China Studies Centre

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone 02 8627 7158

Website Language on the Move

Biographical details

Alexandra’s current postdoctoral project - "Good Governance in Multilingual Urban Communities" - is an interdisciplinary study of Australian governments’ communications and their use of varied languages. She is undertaking the project in the Law School in association with the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre. Alexandra’s PhD - "How do language rights affect minority languages in China? An ethnographic investigation of the Zhuang minority language under conditions of rapid social change" – developed an interdisciplinary law and linguistics approach. Alexandra has extensive China experience and has been based in Beijing, Wuhan, Hangzhou and south-central China over the years while working in research and advocacy training at a legal aid centre, teaching, studying Mandarin and undertaking doctoral fieldwork. Since 2010, Alexandra has taught at universities in Australia and China, in the fields of law; policy studies; China Studies; and oral English communication, debate and critical thinking. Alexandra’s academic background is in both linguistics and law, and in French and Mandarin language studies; she commenced her postgraduate studies while practicing as a solicitor in Sydney.Recently, Alex worked in a small team studying judicial perceptions of ADR; the team's report is reviewed by the Law Society of NSW Journal here.

Research interests

  • Language policy & rights
  • Government communications
  • Diversity within contemporary Chinese society
  • Diversity within contemporary Australian society
  • Tertiary education & language

Teaching and supervision

  • Supervision: Sociolinguistics; Language policy
  • Teaching: Law, Policy and Advocacy; Australian Public Law; oral English communication and debate.

Current projects

  • "Good Governance in Multilingual Urban Communities" (2018-2021)

Associations

  • Member, China Studies Association of Australia.
  • Associate Member, University of Sydney China Studies Centre, Australia.
  • Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors, Supreme Court of NSW, Australia (2006

Awards and honours

  • 2017 Australian PhD Prize for Innovations in Linguistics;
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation (for PhD thesis), Macquarie University (2017);
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2013-2016), Macquarie University;
  • ANU Centre on China in the World Library Fellowship (2015);
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences’ Higher Degree Research Excellence Award for Outside Recognition (2014);
  • Selected delegate for the Australia-China Youth Dialogue, Beijing (2014);
  • Chinese Scholarship Council scholarship, Beijing Language and Culture University (2011-2012);
  • Chief Adjudicator, Australian Women’s Debating Championships (2008);
  • Order of Merit for graduating sixth in Bachelor of Laws cohort, UNSW (2006);
  • Octo-Finalist, World University Debating Championships, UCL Dublin, representing UNSW (2006);
  • Editorial Board Member, UNSW Law Journal (2005);

In the media

Selected publications

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Books

  • McWilliam, N., Grey, A., Zhang, H., Yeung, T., Padhi, D. (2017). Court-referred alternative dispute resolution: Perceptions of members of the judiciary. Melbourne: Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration Incorporated.

Edited Books

  • Piller, I., Grey, A. (2019). Language and Globalization: Critical Concepts in Linguistics. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Piller, I., Grey, A. (2019). General Introduction: Language and Globalization - Mapping the Field. In Ingrid Piller and Alexandra Grey (Eds.), Language and Globalization: Critical Concepts in Linguistics, (pp. 1-19). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Grey, A. (2019). How Standard Zhuang has met with market forces. In McLelland and Zhao (Eds.), Language Standards, Norms, and Variation in Asia (Forthcoming). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
  • Grey, A. (2019). Sociolinguistic Ethnographies of Globalization. In Karin Tusting (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Ethnography (Forthcoming). UK: Taylor & Francis Group.

Journals

  • Grey, A. (2019). A polity study of minority language management in China focusing on Zhuang (Forthcoming). Current Issues in Language Planning, 20. [More Information]
  • Grey, A. (2019). Tourist tongues: High-speed rail carries linguistic and cultural urbanization beyond the city limits in Guangxi, China (Forthcoming). Applied Linguistics Review.
  • Grey, A. (2018). Book Review: Paja Faudree: Singing for the Dead: The Politics of Indigenous Revival in Mexico. Multilingua: Journal of Cross-cultural and Interlanguage communication, 37(6), 721-725. [More Information]
  • Grey, A. (2017). Book review: Thomas Ricento (ed.), Language Policy and Political Economy: English in a Global Context. Discourse and Society, 28(5), 561-563.
  • Grey, A. (2015). Book Review: 'Aboriginal ways of using English', Eades, Diana, Canberra/Aboriginal Studies Press, 9781922059260. Multilingua: Journal of Cross-cultural and Interlanguage communication, 34(3), 433-437.
  • Grey, A. (2011). China Law Update: Cases: Zhang Xian Fa v Beijing Century Construction Company & Jiangsu First Construction Installation Company. Tsinghua China Law Review, 3:373, 396-399.
  • Murphy, A., Grey, A. (2008). Blue chip or green wash? Keeping super funds in the black. Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin, 19(10), 150-157.
  • Grey, A. (2007). Offshore native title: Currents in sea claims jurisprudence. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 11(2).

2019

  • Grey, A. (2019). A polity study of minority language management in China focusing on Zhuang (Forthcoming). Current Issues in Language Planning, 20. [More Information]
  • Piller, I., Grey, A. (2019). General Introduction: Language and Globalization - Mapping the Field. In Ingrid Piller and Alexandra Grey (Eds.), Language and Globalization: Critical Concepts in Linguistics, (pp. 1-19). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Grey, A. (2019). How Standard Zhuang has met with market forces. In McLelland and Zhao (Eds.), Language Standards, Norms, and Variation in Asia (Forthcoming). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
  • Piller, I., Grey, A. (2019). Language and Globalization: Critical Concepts in Linguistics. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Grey, A. (2019). Sociolinguistic Ethnographies of Globalization. In Karin Tusting (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Ethnography (Forthcoming). UK: Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Grey, A. (2019). Tourist tongues: High-speed rail carries linguistic and cultural urbanization beyond the city limits in Guangxi, China (Forthcoming). Applied Linguistics Review.

2018

  • Grey, A. (2018). Book Review: Paja Faudree: Singing for the Dead: The Politics of Indigenous Revival in Mexico. Multilingua: Journal of Cross-cultural and Interlanguage communication, 37(6), 721-725. [More Information]

2017

  • Grey, A. (2017). Book review: Thomas Ricento (ed.), Language Policy and Political Economy: English in a Global Context. Discourse and Society, 28(5), 561-563.
  • McWilliam, N., Grey, A., Zhang, H., Yeung, T., Padhi, D. (2017). Court-referred alternative dispute resolution: Perceptions of members of the judiciary. Melbourne: Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration Incorporated.

2015

  • Grey, A. (2015). Book Review: 'Aboriginal ways of using English', Eades, Diana, Canberra/Aboriginal Studies Press, 9781922059260. Multilingua: Journal of Cross-cultural and Interlanguage communication, 34(3), 433-437.

2011

  • Grey, A. (2011). China Law Update: Cases: Zhang Xian Fa v Beijing Century Construction Company & Jiangsu First Construction Installation Company. Tsinghua China Law Review, 3:373, 396-399.

2008

  • Murphy, A., Grey, A. (2008). Blue chip or green wash? Keeping super funds in the black. Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin, 19(10), 150-157.

2007

  • Grey, A. (2007). Offshore native title: Currents in sea claims jurisprudence. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 11(2).

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