Joann (Aleya)  James
Dr. joann (aleya) james Senior Lecturer

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Dr Aleya James holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Bath and an MA TEFL from the University of Reading, both in the UK. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and has been Senior Lecturer, English,  at Khalifa University since January 2022. Her most recent previous role was Senior Tutor/Coordinator, Academic Skills for Art and Design on the Graduate Diploma program at the Royal College of Art, London. In addition to this she has supervised Masters of Education students through their dissertations and taught Visual Cultures modules to Graphic Design undergraduates

Between 1998 and 2017   she worked at Dubai Women’s College, Higher Colleges of Technology in a range of roles that included Integrated Project Coordinator and Curriculum Developer, English Faculty and General Studies Faculty. She also collaborated in a number of research projects that culminated in journal publications. Early career teaching roles were in Cairo, Egypt and Muscat, Oman. 

Dr James is currently working on a number of written publications.  These include a chapter for an upcoming Handbook of Transdisciplinary Feminism and a journal article on the Cultural Politics of Emotion in Dubai. In terms of her current research, she is the co-lead researcher on a transdisciplinary art research project as part of the UK-Ukraine Season22 funded by the British Council, UK in collaboration with the RCA. 

  • Doctor of Education, University of Bath, UK
  • MA TEFL, University of Reading, UK
  • BA (Hons) History, Goldsmiths, University of London, UKK
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK

  • Academic English I (ENGL101)
  • Academic English II (ENGL102)
  • Digital Composition (LTCM224)
  • Global Media (LTCM370)
  • Intercultural Communication (LTCM221)
  • Thinking through Technology (LTCM330)
  • Writing About Innovation (LTCM260)

Research Projects

The British Council and the Ukrainian Institute are hosting the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture – a programme of cultural activity to support the Ukrainian arts sector. 

The season, which has been planned since 2019 to mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between the UK and Ukraine, aims to strengthen and build cultural connections between both countries, while providing new platforms and opportunities for Ukrainian artists to connect with the UK. With the ongoing war in Ukraine, the season’s theme is ‘Future Re-Imagined’, focusing on the changed needs and priorities of the Ukrainian sector, giving a voice to Ukrainian creatives, both in the UK and online.

It sees a programme of activity, events and grant-funded projects take place in the UK, online and across satellite locations, bringing together a diverse community of artists, creators and educators. It provides new opportunities for exchange, including through residences, talks, films and lectures.

Dr James and her project colleagues are holding a symposium and research gathering at the Venice Bienale in November 2022

Additional Info

Full details of her past publications and conference presentations can be found at: