Department of Management, Society and Communication

Professor emeritus

E-mail: rp.msc@cbs.dk

My books on language policy, language rights, and language in education have been published in a dozen countries. I have strong links to colleagues worldwide, many of whom are critical scholars working for greater social justice in education and the wider international society. In recent years I have been invited to lecture in Australia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Mauritius, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, and several eastern and southern European countries. I act as an expert assessing EU funding applications in the area of language and culture and European identity. Influencing the Danish government to take language policy seriously has always been uphill and is a continuing challenge. In 2010 I was awarded the UNESCO Linguapax prize.

Primary research areas
  • English in the modern world, reasons for its expansion, and implications for other languages.
  • Linguistic imperialism, language and power, postcolonial and neoimperial languages.
  • Language rights, linguistic human rights, linguistic justice.
  • Language policy in EU institutions and in the interaction between the EU and member states.
  • Language pedagogy, the learning of English.
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I have taught PhD courses on language policy in Denmark (CBS, Aalborg), Hungary (Szeged), China (Shanghai), and India in recent years.

Selected publications

Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove, Phillipson, Robert (eds.) (forthcoming). Handbook of Linguistic Human Rights,  Wiley-Blackwell.

Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove, Phillipson, Robert & Dunbar, Robert (2019). Is Nunavut education criminally inadequate? An analysis of current policies for Inuktut and English in education, international and national law, linguistic and cultural genocide and crimes against humanity. Nunavut, 25 April 2019. 83 pages. Download from https://www.tunngavik.com/files/2019/04/NuLinguicideReportFINAL.pdf

Phillipson, Robert. La domination de l'anglais: un défi pour l'Europe. Paris: Libre & Solidaire, March 2019

Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove and Robert Phillipson (eds) 2017. Language Rights. Four volumes. Routledge.

Bunce, Pauline, Robert Phillipson, Vaughan Rapatahana, and Ruanni. F. Tupas (eds) 2016. Why English? Confronting the Hydra. Multilingual Matters.

Phillipson, Robert 2016. Myths and realities of ‘global' English. Language Policy. On-line from June 2016.

Phillipson, Robert 2015. English as threat or opportunity in European Higher Education. In English-Medium Instruction in European Higher Education: English in Europe, ed. S. Dimova, A. K. Hultgren, and C. Jensen. Mouton de Gruyter, 19-42.

Phillipson, Robert 2015. Linguistic imperialism of and in the European Union. In Revisiting the European Union as Empire, ed. Hartmut Behr and Yannis A. Stivachtis. Routledge, 134-163.

Phillipson, Robert. English-only Europe? Challenging language policy. Routledge, 2003.

Phillipson, Robert. Linguistic imperialism. Oxford University Press, 1992.

Publications List
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Robert Phillipson; Tove Skutnabb-Kangas / Communicating in “Global” English : Promoting Linguistic Human Rights or Complicit with Linguicism and Linguistic Imperialism.
In: The Handbook of Global Interventions in Communication Theory. ed. /Yoshitaka Miike; Jing Yin. New York : Routledge 2022, p. 425-439 (International Communication Association (ICA) Handbook Series)
Book chapter > peer review
Robert Phillipson / Explaining the Foundations of Global English : A Review Article on Global English and Political Economy, by John O’Regan (Routledge 2021).
In: Language and History, Vol. 65, No. 2, 2022, p. 150-159
Review article > peer review
Robert Phillipson / Counterpoint to Henry Widdowson’s Point
In: ELT Journal, Vol. 75, No. 4, 10.2021, p. 502-510
Review article > peer review
Ahmed Kabel; Robert Phillipson / Structural Violence and Hope in Catastrophic Times : From Camus’ The Plague to Covid-19 .
In: Race & Class, Vol. 62, No. 4, 4.2021, p. 3-18
Journal article > peer review
Robert Phillipson / A Response to Anna Kristina Hultgren’s Position Paper
In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, Vol. 19, No. 3, 10.2020, p. 188–198
Journal article > peer review
Robert Phillipson / Boganmeldelse af Sprogløse verdensborgere. Om en uddannelsespolitik, der forsvandt
In: Sprogforum, No. 70, 6.2020, p. 76-79
Book review
Robert Phillipson / Maurice Carder, Patricia Mertin and Sarah Porter: Second Language Learners in International Schools
In: Language Policy, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2.2020, p. 139-141
Book review
Tove Skutnabb-Kangas; Robert Phillipson; Robert Dunbar / Is Nunavut Education Criminally Inadequate? : An Analysis of Current Policies for Inuktut and English in Education, International and National Law, Linguistic and Cultural Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity.
Iqaluit : Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated 2019, 82 p.
Robert Phillipson / La domination de l'anglais : Un défi pour l'Europe.
Paris : Libre & Solidaire 2019, 358 p.
Robert Phillipson / Languages in Public Policy, and Constraints in Academia
In: Language Problems and Language Planning, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2019, p. 286-311
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