Academic Staff
Adjunct Professor
M.A. (Lancaster), Ph.D. (Aston)


Research Interests

Critical genre analysis of academic and professional discourses in legal, business, promotional, and in new media contexts; ESP and professional communication; simplification and easification of legal and other public documents.

Selected Publications

A selection of Research Projects


  • Analyzing genre-bending in corporate disclosure documents and practices – CERG
  • International commercial arbitration practice: a discourse analytical study – CERG (Collaboration with 22 countries)
  • Strategies and competencies in legal communication – The Law Society of Hong Kong
  • Teaching English to meet the needs of business education in Hong Kong – SCOLAR Language Fund (Collaboration with most HK Universities)
  • Collaborative Writing in the Creative Communication Industries: Professional and Pedagogical Perspectives- GRF
  • Food Labelling in Hong Kong: Public Policy and Discursive Practice– GRF

A selection of Publications


  • Bhatia, Vijay K., (2016): Critical Genre Analysis: Investigating Interdiscursive Performance in Professional Contexts, research monograph, London, New York, Routledge.
  • Bhatia, Vijay K., (2004): Worlds of Written Discourse: A genre-based view, London and New York, Continuum, and Bloomsbury.
  • Bhatia, Vijay K., (1993): Analysing Genre – Language Use in Professional Settings, London, Longman, and Routledge.
  • Bhatia, Vijay K, and Stephen Bremner (Eds.) (2014): Handbook of Professional Communication, London, New York, Routledge.
  • Bhatia Vijay K., C. N. Candlin, & Maurizio Gotti, (Eds) (2012): Arbitration Practice and Discourse: Issues, Challenges and Prospects, Ashgate Publishing Group.

Journal Articles

  • [2015]: Bhatia, Vijay K.: Critical Genre Analysis- Theoretical Preliminaries, in the thematic issue of HERMES
  • [2014]: Bhatia, Vijay K., Linguistic and socio-pragmatic considerations in legislative drafting, in Theory and Practice of Legislation Journal, Oxford, Hart Publishing.
  • Bhatia, Vijay K. and Stephen Bremner, (2012):  English for Business Communication, a commissioned state-of-the-art paper in Language Teaching Journal, Vol. 45, 4, CUP
  • Bhatia, Vijay K (2012): Critical Reflections on Genre Analysis, in Iberica, 24.
  • Bhatia, Vijay K., (2011): Witness examination as interdiscursive practice, in World Englishes 30, 1.
  • Bhatia, Vijay K. (2011) Interdiscursive colonisation of arbitration practice, in World Englishes. Vol. 30, 1.
  • Bhatia, Vijay K, (2010): Interdiscursivity in Professional Communication, in Discourse and Communication, 4/1.
  • Bhatia, Vijay K., (2008): Genre Analysis, ESP and Professional PracticeEnglish for Specific Purposes, 27, 2.
  • Bhatia, Vijay K., (2008): Creativity and accessibility in written professional discourse, in World Englishes, 27, 3.
  • Bhatia, Vijay K., (2007): Discursive Practices in Disciplinary and Professional ContextsLinguistic and Human Sciences, 2, 1, [5-28].
  • Bhatia, Vijay K., (1997):  Genre-Mixing in Academic IntroductionsEnglish for Specific Purposes, 16, 3.
  • Bhatia, Vijay K., (1997): Issues in discourse and genre analysis, a special issue of World Englishes 16, 3.
  • Bhatia, Vijay K., (1997): Power and politics of genre, in World Englishes, 16,3.