School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Joana Filipa Almeida

Research Associate



I was appointed Research Associate at Newcastle University in January 2017. Here, I develop research on internationalisation at home and internationalisation of the curriculum.

My main responsibilities are to develop applied research on an Erasmus Strategic Partnerships Project 'Approaches and Tools for Internationalisation at Home', coordinated by Professor Sue Robson. Additionally,  between July 2017 to February 2018, I worked on a British Council capacity-building programme for higher education focused on internationalising  the curriculum. This programme was a partnership between Newcastle University and Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande Sul (PUCRS), in Brazil, and was coordinated by Professor Sue Robson. 

Between February and June 2017, I have also been responsible for developing a mapping literature review on a research proposal about intergenerational communication, coordinated by Professor James Law and Dr Tony Young.


After graduating with a 5-year undergraduate degree in Portuguese and English from the University of Aveiro, in Portugal, I worked for 2 years as a Research Assistant on a meta-analysis research project in Language Education and provided research assistance on other research projects in Language Education and teacher training. In 2010, I went on to study for a PhD in Education, with a specialisation in Evaluation, at the University of Aveiro. More recently, in 2015, I served on a team of research associates for the quantitative data analysis of a cross-cultural project measuring the intercultural effectiveness of exchange programmes from a US-based study abroad organisation.

During both my undergraduate degree and doctoral studies I had the opportunity to study abroad. I was an Erasmus student at the University of Southampton (UK) and a visiting scholar at SIT Graduate Institute (USA), where I did two research stays in International Education under the supervision of Prof Emer. Alvino E. Fantini. My personal experience as an exchange student in the UK was the main motivation to carry out a doctoral research which aimed to enhance the intercultural learning of European credit-seeking exchange students during their stay abroad in Portugal. I completed my PhD in November 2015. 


  • PhD (with Honour and Distinction), in Education, University of Aveiro, Portugal (2015)
  • Visiting scholar in International Education, SIT Graduate Institute, USA  (2013-2014)
  • BA in Portuguese and English for educational purposes, University of Aveiro, Portugal (2006)
  • Erasmus exchange, University of Southampton, UK (2003-2004)


I am a former member of the Erasmus Student Network Aveiro (ESN Aveiro), having developed a series of non-formal activities that aimed to facilitate the integration of exchange students in a new academic and cultural setting. I am a member of the International Academy for Intercultural Research  (IAIR)  and a team member of ICC Global, an online community of researchers and practioners worldwide who are interested in furthering intercultural competence. At Newcastle University, I am a member of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT).


For my list of publications, please check the Publication Tab or my Google scholar profile.


I work at the intersection of Intercultural and International Education, and I am a great fan of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences. My specific research interests are:

  • Internationalisation of higher education (at Home and Cross-border)
  • Internationalisation of the curriculum
  • Student mobility/ Study abroad
  • Intercultural competence facilitation and assessment
  • Educational evaluation and assessment
  • Mixed methodologies and innovative research methods (in International and Intercultural Education)


So far, I have contributed to the following modules with the following talks:

  • EDU1004 Internationalising University Experience – “The intercultural value of exchange programmes: A missed opportunity?”, February 9th 2017; February 21st 2018
  • CCC8077 Professional Communication Skills – “Intercultural Competence in European Higher Education”, March 24th 2017

I have also made the following presentations at Newcastle University:

  • CflaT Research Tea – "European student mobility and Intercultural Learning at a Portuguese University", July 4th 2017
  • CflaT Away Day - "Getting our students out and about: Intercultural learning in the wider community". September 29th  2017, Almeida, J. & Robson, S.
  • Educational Seminar Series - "Internationalisation at Home", April 18th 2018, Almeida, J. & Robson, S.