Gavin Mitchell Lamb

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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Henrik Wergelands hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1102 Blindern 0316 Oslo


Gavin Lamb's research develops nexus analysis as an ethnographic sociolinguistic approach to examining how language and intercultural communication shape human relationships with the natural environment. A major focus of this research is to better understand the multilingual practices used to enact different kinds of communities across offline and online spaces in relation to environmental issues such as endangered species protection, ecotourism, urban sustainability, and climate change. His current project examines youth language practices and ecocultural identities as expressed through their climate activism at the nexus of Oslo's multilingual, digital and urban landscapes. 


Gavin Lamb holds a PhD and MA in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and a BA in Japanese Language and Literature from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa including an exchange at Konan University in Kobe, Japan. His research has been published in international journals such as Applied Linguistics, Multilingua, and Applied Linguistics Review. He has taught language-related courses (multilingual education, bilingual culture and cognition, sociolinguistics) at the BA and MA level.



Selected publications

Lamb, G. (2022). Ecocultural identity and intercultural communication in wildlife ecotourism. Stance-taking towards sea turtles in Hawai‘i. In Sharma B. K. & Gao Shuang (eds). Intercultural Communication in Tourism: Critical Perspectives. Routledge.

Lamb, G. (2021). Sea turtle tourism and conservation: Concord and conflict on a Hawaiian beach. In Eric Freedman, Sara Shipley Hiles, David B. Sachsman (eds) Communicating Endangered Species: Extinction, News and Public Policy. Routledge.

Lamb, G. (2021). "Spectacular sea turtles: Circuits of a wildlife ecotourism discourse in Hawai‘i: " Applied Linguistics Review, 12/1, pp. 93-121. In G. Lamb and B. Sharma (eds). Special issue on Tourism at the nexus of language and materiality.

Lamb, G. and Sharma, B. K. (2021) "Introduction: Tourism spaces at the nexus of language and materiality: " Applied Linguistics Review, 12/1, pp. 1-9

Lamb, G and C. Higgins (2020). Posthumanist theory and discourse studies. In Anna De Fina and Alexandra Georgakopoulou (eds.) The Handbook of Discourse Studies. Cambridge University Press

Lamb, G. (2020) Towards a Green Applied Linguistics: Human–Sea Turtle Semiotic Assemblages in Hawai‘i, Applied Linguistics, 41/6, 2020, pp. 922–946.

Lamb, G. (2018). Concepts in language and social harmony. ‘White paper’ for the Multilingual Multicultural Strategic Initiative: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Lamb, G. (2017). Review of Stibbe, A. (2105). Ecolinguistics: Language, ecology, and the stories we live by. Routledge. Language in Society (43).

Lamb, G (2016). Smiling Together, Laughing Together: Multimodal Resources Projecting Affect in L1/L2 Conversational Storytelling. In M. Prior and G. Kasper (eds) Emotion in Multilingual Interaction. Benjamins.

Lamb, G. (2016). Review of Dreschel, E. (2014). Language contact in the early colonial Pacific. Cambridge University Press. The Contemporary Pacific. 28/1. 265-268

Lamb, G. (2015). Mista, are you in a good mood?". The linguistic practice of stylization and crossing as an affiliative resource for building rapport in classroom interaction. Multilingua 34, 2, 159-185. 

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