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 in English Studies at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne (Département Études des mondes anglophones) then conducted postdoctoral research as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow with the Natural Media gesture studies group (RWTH Aachen). He went on to work as an Adjunct Professor at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Département du monde anglophone), and from 2013 to 2018, he was an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of English at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Simon joined City University of Hong Kong in Autumn 2018.

Research Interests/Areas

Simon Harrison is a gesture studies researcher with interests ranging from the form and function of specific gestures (especially associated with negation) to studying relations between language, gesture and cognition in situations of social and professional interaction, such as group interaction activities in English language classroom discourse. He is author of The Impulse to Gesture: Where Language, Minds, and Bodies Intersect (2018) and The Body Language Myth: Understanding Gesture in Language and Communication (in preparation). He is co-author with David H. Fleming (University of Stirling) of Chinese Urban Shi-nema: Cinematicity, Society, and Millenial China (2020). 


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:

  • Shi, Lujuan (2021). Language-Related Episodes from a Dynamic View: Multimodal Negotiation and Types of Communication Breakdowns during Peer Interaction. City University of Hong Kong.
  • He, Jingyi (2021). Interactional Competence and Gesture during Group Interaction: A Corpus-based Study of Language-Related Episodes. City University of Hong Kong.
  • Xu, Jian (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)
  • Stutzman, Levi (2017). Multimodal Corrective Feedback and Interactional Moves within Language-Related Episodes and Inscription-Related Episodes: An Analysis. University of Nottingham Ningbo China.
  • Stevens, Michael Paul (2016). Gestural Depiction and Conceptualization in Philosophical Exposition: A Microanalysis. University of Nottingham Ningbo China.
  • Wild, Jacob Lee (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.