Dr. Simon Mark HARRISON

PhD English Studies (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)
MA English Studies (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)
BA French with Business (Swansea University)
Cert. CELTA (Swansea University) 
Cert. DAEFLE (Université Bordeaux Montaigne)


Visiting address
Phone: +852 34429608

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


Dr. Simon Harrison is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong. He completed his PhD at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne then conducted postdoctoral research as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow with the Natural Media gesture group (RWTH Aachen). He went on to work as an Adjunct Professor at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, and from 2013 to 2018, he was an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Simon joined City University of Hong Kong in Autumn 2018.

Research Interests/Areas

Simon is a gesture studies researcher with interests ranging from the form and function of specific gestures (especially associated with negation) to the relation between language, gesture and cognition in social interaction. He is author of The Impulse to Gesture: Where Language, Minds, and Bodies Intersect (2018, CUP) and The Body Language Myth: Understanding Gesture in Language and Communication (forthcoming, CUP). Hear more about these books here. He is co-author with David H. Fleming (University of Stirling) of Chinese Urban Shi-nema: Cinematicity, Society, and Millenial China


EN2722 Studies in English: Knowledge & Pathways

EN2011 English on the Move

EN2720 Persuasive Writing


In 2019, Simon Harrison, Renia Lopez-Ozieblo (PolyU), Catherine So (CUHK) and Gladys Tang (CUHK) co-founded the International Society for Gesture Studies - Hong Kong HubThis is an affiliated regional Hub of the ISGS (established in 2002) aiming to promote gesture studies in Hong Kong and throughout the wider region. 

Master's Dissertations

Dissertations supervised by Dr. Harrison in the area of gesture studies include:

  • Jian Xu (2018). "A Multimodal Analysis of L2 Learners’ Participation in Peer Interaction Concerning Language-Related Episodes". University of Nottingham Ningbo China. (with Dr. Yu-Hua Chen)
  • Levi Stutzman (2017). "Multimodal Corrective Feedback and Interactional Moves within Language-Related Episodes and Inscription-Related Episodes: An Analysis". University of Nottingham Ningbo China.
  • Michael Paul Stevens (2016). "Gestural Depiction and Conceptualization in Philosophical Exposition: A Microanalysis". University of Nottingham Ningbo China.
  • Jacob Lee Wild (2015). "Second Language Learner Multimodality and Linguistic Development in Naturalistic Settings: A Study of L2 Learners in the Chinese Street Market”. University of Nottingham Ningbo China.