Jo Drugan is Professor of Translation, based in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. She is co-Chair of the cross-faculty Ethics Forum, and a member of the Translating, Interpreting and Border-Crossing research group, the Migration Research Network, and the Qualitative Research Methods Forum. She currently leads the Transnational Organised Crime and Translation research project, co-funded by the ESRC and AHRC.


Jo’s first academic post was at the University of Reading. She then moved to the Department of French at Leeds University, where she was a founder member of the Centre for Translation Studies and ran the MA Applied Translation Studies for over a decade. Since joining UEA in 2012, Jo has taught specialist MA modules in translation technologies and professional translation, and an undergraduate module on translation and globalisation.

Academic Background

Jo holds an MA (Hons) in French Language and Literature from Glasgow University, Scotland. She studied for her PhD on the history of French environmental movements at Glasgow University and Sciences-Po, Paris, France. She has also completed postgraduate training in teaching and learning in higher education. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008, when she also became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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