Irène Hill is particularly interested in Politics and the Business Environment in France and in a European context. She is the Course leader of the MA in International Business, Culture and Languages.
- European Union – Institutions and Policies
- Contemporary French and British politics / business studies
- Employment in France
Immediate research projects
Her current interest is to look at the cohesion of the European Union in the current global environment.
She continues to previously examine the 35-hour working week in France, project originally financed by the Leverhulme Trust.
Knowledge Transfer and Consultancy
Editor of the Let's Read Japanese series
Cross-cultural training for companies.
Organiser and trainer of short courses in Brookes Modern Languages Unit.
Research grants and awards
2012-17: was awarded £92,360 from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF5) for the Let's Read Japanese Project
2011: was awarded £7,500 Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF4) for a Mandarin Chinese Market Research
2008-2016: received £15,500 from HEFCE Routes into Languages to organise events
2008: received £10,000 from the EU-Leonardo da Vinci programme to deliver translations for the European Arts Management project
2001: was awarded a Research Fellowship of £17,500 from The Leverhulme Trust for the 35-hour working week Project
Editor of the Let’s Read Japanese
- providing graded stories for all learners of Japanese, allowing them to practise the language at different levels, and also learn about Japanese culture and society. The six graded levels are in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and the US framework of Reference (ACTFL) for learners of Japanese.