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School of Government & International Affairs

Staff Profiles

Mr Mamtimyn Sunuodula, Area Studies Librarian

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42961
Area Studies Librarian in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Area Studies Librarian in the Library

Contact Mr Mamtimyn Sunuodula (email at


I provide library resources and research skills support for the students and the staff in the School of Government and International Affairs (Politics, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies), the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic, Italian, Russian) and the English Language Centre. I am also responsible for coordinating the University Library's support for internationalisation.

I specialise in the languages, information resources and bibliography of Asia and the Middle East. I am fluent in Chinese, Central Asian Turkic languages (Uyghur, Uzbek, Kazak) and read Arabic, Japanese, Russian and Turkish.

I worked for the British Library's Oriental and India Office Collections (1994-1996) and BBC World Service before joining Durham University.

Research Interests

  • Ethnic and Linguistic Minorities in China
  • Identity and Second Language (L2) Learning
  • Language Education and Language Policy in China

Teaching Areas

  • Chinese Language and Culture (30 hours/year.)
  • Postgraduate Research Skills (20 hours/year.)
  • Undergraduate Information Skills (20 hours/year.)

Indicators of Esteem

Selected Publications

Books: sections

Conference papers

Journal papers: academic

Reports: official

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Selected Grants

  • 2011: UCCL Visiting Fellowship Grant
  • 2010: UCCL Conference Grant
  • 2006: Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies Research Grant
  • 2005: Asia-Link Project Exchange Programme
  • 2004: Universities China Committee in London
  • 2003: British Council Research Grant (Electonic Publishing in China)
  • 2002: Universities China Committee in London

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