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Dr Stephen Bremner

BA(Oxford), MA(London), PhD(CityUHK)

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: M8093 CMC
Phone: 34429608
Fax: 34420288
Email: stephenb@cityu.edu.hk
Stephen Bremner's research is concerned with the nature of workplace communication, in particular the activities surrounding the construction of written texts. He is also interested in how students make the transition from the academy to the workplace, and he has published on these topics in journals such as English for Specific Purposes and Written Communication. He studied Arabic and Turkish at St John's College, Oxford, and has an MA in Education from the University of London. He went on to do his PhD at City University of Hong Kong, where he now teaches courses relating to genre studies and English for Specific Purposes, as well as business and organisational communication. He is co-editor (with Vijay Bhatia) of the Handbook of Language and Professional Communication (Routledge). He has worked in Egypt, Russia, China, the United Arab Emirates and the UK.

Award and Achievement

  • 2012 “Teaching Excellence Award” City University of Hong Kong.

Publication Show All Publications Show Prominent Publications


  • Bremner, Stephen. & Phung, Ban. (2015). Learning from the experts: An analysis of résumé writers’ self-presentation on LinkedIn. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. 58(4). 367 - 380.
  • Bremner, Stephen. (2014). Genres and processes in the PR industry: Behind the scenes with an intern writer. Journal of Business Communication. 51(3). 259 - 278.
  • Bremner, Stephen. , Peirson-Smith, Anne. , Jones, Rodney. & Bhatia, Vijay. (2014). Task design and interaction in collaborative writing: The students’ story. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. 77(2). 150 - 168.
  • Bhatia, Vijay. & Bremner, Stephen. (2012). English for business communication. Language Teaching. 45/4. 410 - 445.
  • Bremner, Stephen. (2012). Socialization and the acquisition of professional discourse: A case study in the PR industry. Written Communication. 29/1. 7 - 32.
  • Bremner, Stephen. (2011). Academic institutions as corporate enterprise: Transparency, power and control in staff appraisal. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. 24/2. 147 - 161.
  • Bremner, Stephen. (2010). Collaborative writing: Bridging the gap between the textbook and the workplace. English for Specific Purposes. 29. 121 - 132.
  • Peirson-Smith, Anne. , Bhatia, Vijay. , Bremner, Stephen. & Jones, Rodney. (2010). Creative English and public relations in Hong Kong. World Englishes. 29/4. 523 - 535.
  • Bremner, Stephen. (2008). Intertextuality and business communication textbooks: Why students need more textual support. English for Specific Purposes. 27. 306 - 321.
  • Bremner, Stephen. (2006). Politeness, power and activity system: Written requests and multiple audiences in an institutional setting. Written Communication. 23/4. 397 - 423.


  • Bhatia, Vijay. & Bremner, Stephen (Eds.). (2014). The Handbook of Language and Professional Communication. London:  Routledge.

Book Chapter

  • Bremner, Stephen. (2014). Collaborative writing: Challenges for research and teaching. The Handbook of Language and Professional Communication. (pp. 486 - 500). London. Routledge.
  • Bremner, Stephen. (2013). Politeness and face research. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Edited by C. Chappelle. Oxford, UK. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Bremner, Stephen. (2012). Working with genre systems: Accomodating multiple interests in the construction of organisational texts. Researching discourse in business genres: Cases and corpora. Edited by Paul Gillaerts, Elizabeth de Groot, Sylvain Dietjens, Priscilla Heynderickx, and Geert Jacobs. Linguistic Insights series. Bern: Peter Lang.

Last update date : 08 Mar 2016