Alison Phipps is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, Director of the Centre for Studies in Faith, Culture and Education at the University of Glasgow where she teaches modern languages, comparative literature, anthropology and intercultural education. From 2001 -2006 she was the Director of the Graduate School for Arts and Humanities at Glasgow , with responsibility for 600 postgraduate students. In 2006 she moved to establish the Graduate School in the Faculty of Education, still at Glasgow, and is now Associate Dean (Postgraduate).
Her books include Acting Identities (2000), Contemporary German Cultural Studies (ed. 2002), Modern Languages: Learning and Teaching in an Intercultural Field (2004) with Mike Gonzalez , Critical Pedagogy: Political Approaches to Languages and Intercultural Communication (ed. 2004) with Manuela Guilherme and Tourism and Intercultural Exchange (2005) with Gavin Jack and most recently Learning the Arts of Linguistic Survival: Tourism, Languaging, Life (2007). Her first collection of poetry, Through Wood , is forthcoming in 2008.
She has published widely in the field of modern languages, tourism and intercultural studies and European anthropology as well as in the field of Higher Education Studies. She co-edits the journal and book series Tourism and Cultural Change and the book series Languages, Intercultural Communication and Education and is editor of the journal Arts and Humanities in Higher Education . From 1999 – 2004 She was Chair of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC). She is a senior policy advisor to the British Council and a member of the Iona Community.