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Professor Brian Street

Chair of Language in Education

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Tel:   +44 (0)20 7848 3157
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 3182

About me

I am Professor  Emeritus of language in education at King's, and visiting professor of education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. I undertook anthropological fieldwork on literacy in Iran during the 1970s, and taught social and cultural anthropology for over twenty years at the University of Sussex before taking up the chair of language in education at King's. I have written and lectured extensively on literacy practices from both a theoretical and an applied perspective. Details of my publications (20+books, many written collaboratively, and 100+ articles) are available on publications page. I have a longstanding commitment to linking ethnographic-style research on the cultural dimension of language and literacy, with contemporary practice in education and in development.

In 2008 I received the Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award from the  National Reading Conference, USA; I was also co-researcher with Constant Leung on an  ESRC Research Award entitled: ‘Modelling for Diversity: Academic Language and Literacies in School and University’  Jan 2009 – Sept 2010, for which we are currently developing publications


  • Literacies in cross-cultural perspective
  • Language in education
  • Development policy and literacy
  • Academic literacies
  • Representation

For further details please see my Research Staff Profile

I am a member of the following ECS research group:

Language and Literacy Group


  • Graduate workshops on ethnography
  • Student writing in HE
  • Language and literacy
  • Graduate supervision in language and literacy

Selected Publications

Leung, C., & Street, B. (eds) (2012). English – a Changing Medium for Education. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.Street, B. (1984). Literacy in theory and practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Brice Heath, S. & Street, B. (2008) On Ethnography in series Approaches to Language and Literacy ResearchNational Conference on Research in Language and Literacy - Teachers College Columbia; 

Ellis, V., Street, B., & Fox, C. (eds) (2007) Rethinking English In Schools Continuum Books; 

Street, B. & Lefstein, A. (2007) Literacy: an advanced resource book English Language and Applied Linguistics Routledge: London;

Street, B. & Hornberger, N. H. (eds) (2007) 'Encyclopedia of Language and Education' Literacy, vol 2 Springer.

Lea, M., & Street, B. (1998). Student writing in higher education: an academic literacies approach Studies in Higher Education, 23(2), 157-172.

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