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Welcome to Professor Kyria Finardi's Homepage

Kyria Finardi

I am a senior lecturer, associate professor and researcher in the Department of Languages, Culture and Education (DLCE) and the graduate program of Education (PPGE) at the Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES) with 15 years of experience in higher education research, teaching and practice.  I am also a multilingual speaker, teacher educator, internationalisation scholar, practitioner, educator and author of more than a hundred papers.

At UFES I founded and worked as the Coordinator of the Language Division of the International Office between 2012-2020 and am a member of Permanent Internationalization Board ever since. At the undergraduate level, my teaching focuses on pre-service English language teacher education and at the graduate level it focuses on aspects related to language policies, multilingualism, education, the use of technology in education, decolonial perspectives on education and internationalisation of higher education, the role of technologies and languages in the production and dissemination of academic knowledge. 

My research interests range from decolonisation of knowledge; internationalisation; the role of languages and technologies in education and multilingualism. My texts and talks are usually on those themes and in languages such as Portuguese, English and Spanish though I also speak and learn other languages. See the academic research section of my website for my papers and chapters and   my Google Scholar page. (with more than 2,000 citations). For a complete look at my academic CV please see the Brazilian online data base Lattes or click here to download my CV in English

I have presented my research and spoken at numerous international academic and professional conferences (click here for more info). I have developed and taught courses in partnership with universities in Spain, Switzerland, UK, Turkey Chile and Colombia using virtual exchange (see info here) and have successfully supervised more than twenty Masters students,  ten PhD students and five post-doctoral fellows  since 2012 as director of studies/advisor and co-supervised Masters and PhD students in Spain, Switzerland and the UK since 2020, some of whom are in cotutelle regime.

I am part of the Executive Board of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) with a nine year mandate, currently serving in the capacity of Vice-President (2021-2024), President (2024-2027) and Past President (2027-2030). I also co-founded and co-coordinate the IberoAmerica Association of Applied Linguistics (AIALA) and the AILA Research Network on EME, SDGs and EDI

I have a substantial track record as principal and co- investigator on large scale international education research projects having established academic partnerships with universities in all continents: in Latin America (University Alberto Hurtado and Catholic University of Maule in Chile, Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico, universities Distrital and Unitropico in Colombia), North America (Florida Atlantic University and Colorado State University in the USA and  Alberta University in Canada), Europe (Pablo de Olavide University, University of Valencia, Polytechnic University of Valencia, University Jaume I in Spain, University of Groningen in Holland, University of Ghent in Belgium, University of Applied Sciences in  Switzerland, Ruhr University of Bochum in Germany, University of Padua in Italy, Gazi University in Turkey and Coventry University in the UK), Africa (University of Nigeria in Nigeria and Rhodes University in South Africa)  and Asia (Malaya University in Malaysa,  the Polytechnic University in Shenzhen and the Beijing Foreign Studies University in China). 

I have been awarded financial support through Fapes, Capes Print and Cnpq in Brazil, Generalitat Valenciana in Spain, Fullbright in the USA and Confap, Newton Fund and British Council in the UK. My portfolio of skills includes critical thinking; innovative and active learning; interpersonal and communication skills; public speaking and intercultural competence. 

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  • 17 - from 9am to 11am - English in internationalization processes - Federal University of Paraná

  • 20-24 Faubai
  • 23 UFES & BFH 2nd edition VE G&C

  • 25 - Research group meetings. Ana Rachel



The Organising Committee of the 47th AEDEAN Conference is pleased to invite you to this new edition of the AEDEAN Conference. The conference will be held from 6th - 8th November 2024 in beautiful Seville, hosted by the Department of Philology and Translation at the University Pablo de Olavide. The call for papers is still open and there are awards and grants that participants can apply for. I am going to be a plenary speaker there and look forward to seeing you in Seville in November:) ChatGPT AEDEAN

Female Voices in the Third Space Researching Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in South-North Collaborative Online International Learning-Virtual Exchange

See what happened at the Conference: Female Voices in the Third Space. Click here to access the event report.

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