Dafouz Milne, Emma

Emma Dafouz Milne - UCM


Emma Dafouz (PhD, UCM; MSc, Edinburgh University) is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of English Studies at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her research focuses mainly on the role of languages in education, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), English-medium education in multilingual university settings (EMEMUS) and language policies in higher education. She was a member of the Spanish Rector’s Conference (CRUE), within the group of Internationalisation and Policy Advisor to the Vice-rectorate of International Relations at UCM from 2014-19. Since 2018 she is the Chair of the Spanish Regional Group of the ICLHE organisation (Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education).


She has been visiting researcher at University College London (Honorary Associate Professor) and University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and has enjoyed research stays at the University of Vienna and the University of Cambridge. Her research publications include over 80 articles in international journals (such as Applied LinguisticsEnglish for Specific Purposes, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, System, Journal of PragmaticsInternational Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual EducationModern Language Journal, Language and Education, TESOL Quarterly, etc.) and numerous book chapters in John Benjamins, Routledge, Peter Lang, Multilingual Matters or Rodopi. In 2020 she published ROAD-MAPPING English-medium education in the internationalised university with Ute Smit in Palgrave-MacMillan, and in 2022 she has co-edited a Special Issue for the English Language Teaching Journal (ELTJ) with John Gray titled Rethinking the roles of ELT in English-medium education in multilingual university settings.

She has served as Principal Investigator in two projects funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy (INTER-LICA) and the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education (SHIFT). She has also been research member in 8 international projects funded by the European Union since the late 1990s. She has been Director of the UCM research group EnGHINE since 2006.

Dr Dafouz has also acted as reviewer for research funding institutions (ANEP Spain, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Dutch Association for Scientific Research, NWO) and belongs to the editorial board and board of referees of several academic journals (Classroom DiscourseELIAEuropean-American Journal of Applied Linguistics and LanguagesAtlantis and Routledge Studies in English-Medium Instruction).  

Her work has relevance for higher education institutions seeking to better understand the growing internationalisation of their contexts from a language policy perspective as well as their teaching and learning practices.

For a detailed and updated list of publications and research projects please visit Research Gate and Google Scholar.