Katerina Strani

Associate Professor

+44 (0)131 451 4216
Room 2.19
Henry Prais Building
Heriot-Watt University
Roles and responsibilities
  • Head of the Cultural Studies section in LINCS. 
  • ‘Global course’ coordinator: Intercultural Issues in Business and Management, delivered in three HWU campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia.
  • Year 1 and Year 2 Coordinator


  • International Politics
  • Society and Institutions in Contemporary Europe
  • French Conference Interpreting 
  • Intercultural Issues in Business and Management.
  • Simultaneous Interpreting at the Intensive Interpreting CPD courses held in LINCS twice a year.

PhD supervision

  • Alastair Mackie (1st) 
  • Heather Mole (2nd)   
  • Yvonne Waddell (2nd)   
  • Emma Hill (completed and graduated in 2017)

Katerina supervises PhD students in areas of (inter)cultural studies such as migration and identity, multicultural public spheres, multilingual politics, language and power.  


Katerina’s background is in Languages and Political Theory and her PhD thesis (2011) focused on communicative rationality in the public sphere. Her research is interdisciplinary and she is interested in how multilingualism and multiculturalism shape contemporary society and politics at all levels. Following an EU-funded project on hate speech and racism, Katerina has developed a keen interest in the concept of race, particularly race relations, the language of race and ‘raciolinguistics’.

Katerina is a member of the cross-school Intercultural Research Centre (IRC) in HWU.

Funded projects

RADAR – Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism (PI for HWU): 24-month EU-funded project with 9 partners from 6 countries, on the communicative construction of ‘racial’ discrimination through hate communication. The aim of the project is to develop a training package for legal professionals, law enforcement officials and potential victims of racist hate crime. Value: c. £38,000 [completed]. 

Moving Languages (PI for HWU): 27-month Erasmus + project with 6 partners. The project aims to develop a language-learning app for new migrants in the 6 partner countries. Value: c. £28,000 [ongoing].

Selected publications

Strani, K., Klein, G.B., Hill, E. (2017). “Diversity in a European Context: The Challenge of Creating a Shared Critical Vocabulary” in Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders. eds./Juliane House & T. Kaniklidou, Hellenic American University, pp. 170-182.

Strani, K., Fountana, M., Sokoli, S., Monteoliva, E. (2016). “Attitudes to ‘race’ in the media: evidence from Greece and the UK”, Rivista VOCI, XIII/2016, pp. 148-170.

Dossou, K., Gabriella, K., Strani, K., Ravenda, A. & Vlachaki, E. (2016). RADAR Guidelines: Understanding hate-oriented communication and tools for anti-hate communication strategies. Key & Key Communications, Perugia.

McDermott, P., Nic Craith, M., Strani, K. (2016): “Public Space, Collective Memory and Intercultural Dialogue in a (UK) city of culture”, Identities 23 (5), pp. 610-627.

Strani, K. (2014): “The impact of socio-political change on public sphere theory: exploring the relevance of communicative rationality” in International Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies and Environmental Communication. ed. / Cornelia Ilie. Vol. 1 Editura Universitara. p. 31-40.

Strani, K. (2010): “Communicative rationality and the challenge of systems theory”, in Grant, C. B. (ed.). Beyond universal pragmatics: studies in the philosophy of communication. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Strani, K. (2009): “Widespread discontent in Russia is inevitable and may well lead to further resentment towards groups of Caucasian origin” in Caucasian Review of InternationalAffairs,  (3): 326-330.


Katerina holds a PhD in Communicative Rationality in the Public Sphere (HWU), an MSc in International and European Politics (Edinburgh) and a First Class Honours MA in Interpreting and Translating (French and Russian) (HWU). 

Katerina is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the Political Studies Association, the International Communications Association and the University Association of Contemporary European Studies. 

She speaks French, Greek and Russian and she is an assessor for IoLET DipTrans exams.