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Dr Carol Yu

Dr Carol Yu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Overview

My research interests are sociolinguistics and intercultural communication. In particular, how culture, attitudes, perceptions and intergroup relationships, as well as situational contextual factors affect communication (non)accommodation.

I am currently involved in a research project that investigates end-of-life workers in Hong Kong and Australia, how they have responded to the need to incorporate exceptional infection control regulations associated with the Covid-19 pandemic into daily working practices with the aim to draw attention to the cultural, social and work practices that contribute to marking death at broader societal levels.

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Master of Arts in English Studies, Lancaster University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Language and Literature, Hong Kong Baptist University

Teaching Areas

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Advanced Academic English for Research Students 
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Intercultural Communication
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English for Specific Purposes

Research Interests

  • Virtual Communication in Professional Settings
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Healthcare Communication
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Critical Discourse Analysis

Research Output

  • Turnbull, M., Yu, C., & Tay, D. (Accepted). "We need to go back home (to) the Philippines healthy": An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Migrant Domestic Workers experiences of having breast cancer in Hong Kong". Qualitative Health Research.
  • Yu, C., Tay, D., Jin, Y., & Yuan, X. (2023) Speech Acts and the Communicative Functions of Emojis in LIHKG Online Discussion Forum amid Covid-19. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, 1207302.
  • Turnbull, M., Ching, T., & Yu, C. (2023). Perceptions of health and coping strategies among temporary migrant workers in East and Southeast Asia: A systematic review. International Journal of Equity in Health. 
  • Turnbull, M., Yu, C., & Wu, X. I. (2023). Practitioner accounts of end-of-life communication in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan: A systematic review. Patient Education and Counseling. 106, 31-41.
  • Lam, M. & Yu, C. (2013) English and Cantonese in a bilingual call centre in Hong Kong. World Englishes. 32 (4), 521-535. 
  • “Challenges encountered and strategies adopted by virtual team member in virtual team meetings”. Paper presented at The 17th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, Hong Kong. Jul, 2022
  • IALSP Panel: “Social Justice and Intergroup Relations During COVID-19”. Paper presented at 72nd Annual ICA Conference: One World, One Network?, Paris, France. May, 2022
  • ‘The Expression of “Care” in Call Centre Communication: Negotiation of Interpersonal Relationship in Bilingual Healthcare Contexts’ at the 36th International Systemic Functional Congress, Tsinghua University, Beijing. July 2009. 
  • Joint Presentation with Dr Jane Lockwood: ‘Digital and Virtual Workplace Communication’ at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. April 2018.





  • PhD Graduate Research Showcase and Information Session on PhD Fellowship in Hong Kong. Department of English and Communication at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  Oct, 2022
  • Mentor for PolyU Junior Researcher Mentoring Programme, 2022.
  • Organizing Committee of The 20th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics, 2022.
  • Organizing Committee of The 17th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology. 2022.
  1. Stephen Evans Best Thesis Award 2022 (Department of English and Communication, PolyU)
  2. Distinguished Thesis Award for PhD students 2022 – Merit Prize (Faculty of Humanities, PolyU)

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