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School of Government & International Affairs


Dr Mamtimyn Sunuodula, BA, PGCert, PG Diploma, PhD (Durham), FHEA

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

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Mamtimyn Sunuodula specialises in the languages, information resources and bibliography of Asia and the Middle East. He currently works as the Area Studies Librarian at Durham University Library providing research and learning support to 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, Japanese, Russian) and the English Language Centre. He is fluent in Chinese, Central Asian Turkic languages (Uyghur, Uzbek, Kazak) and has reading knowledge of Arabic, Japanese, Russian and Turkish.

His current research investigates how multilingual practices, language policies and identities are interrelated.

He worked for the British Library's Oriental and India Office Collections and BBC World Service before joining Durham University.

Research Interests

  • Language and identity
  • Ethnicity and nation
  • Security and securitization
  • Multilingualism and multiculturalism in China
  • Silk Roads, 'One Belt One Road'
  • China and the Muslim World

Teaching Areas

  • Politics of Pacific Asia

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2013: Distinguished Scholars' Lecture Series: I have delivered "Yanbian University Distinguished Scholars' Lectures" at Yanbian University, Jilin Province, China, from 18 March to 22 March, 2013.
  • Peer-Reviewer for leading international journals:
    • Asia Pacific Education Review
    • Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education
    • East Asia: an International Quarterly
    • International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
    • Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
    • Springer Multilingual Education Series

Selected Publications

Book review

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

Journal Article


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Selected Grants

  • 2016: Hunan Foundation for Practicing Traditional Chinese Culture Grant (Co-I)
  • 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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