I am an assistant professor at the University of Zaragoza. In December 2019, I received my PhD cum laude after defending my thesis, written under the supervision of Prof. Carmen Pérez-Llantada, where I examined the role of English and language strategies in the internationalisation of Spanish higher education from a top-down point of view, using corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis. I have also been a visiting scholar at the Economic University of Bucharest (2017) and the University of Birmingham (2018). My main research interests include internationalisation, English as an academic language, and scientific communication. I have also carried out research on teaching English as a Foreign Language and discourse analysis of digital genres.

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  • Villares, R. (2021). EMI, international visibility and competitiveness: A corpus-assisted discourse study of Spanish higher education internationalisation plans. European Journal of Language Policy, 13(2), 201-222.
  • Villares, R. (2021). Engaging Internationally in Academia: How Personal Experience Shapes Academic Literacy Development. In Muresan, L.-M., & Orna-Montesinos, C. (eds.), Academic Literacy Development: Perspectives on multilingual scholars’ approaches to writing. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham: pp. 247-264.
  • Villares, R. (2020). Book review of Bocanegra-Valle, A. (Ed.). (2020). Applied Linguistics and Knowledge Transfer. Employability, Internationalisation and Social Challenges. Bern: Peter Lang. ISBN: 978-3-0343-3719-9 (324 pages). RAEL Revista Electrónica de Lingüística Aplicada, 19(2), 145-149. Retrieved from
  • Villares, R. (2020). Book review of The Sociolinguistics of Higher Education. Language Policy and Internationalisation in Catalonia by Josep Soler and Lídia Gallego-Balsà. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. Miscelánea, 61, 137-143.
  • Villares, R. (2020). The challenges and opportunities of multilingual academia: Spanish scholars’ language choice in research and teaching practices. Synergy, 16(2), 131-152. Retrieved from
  • Villares Maldonado, R. (2019). The convergence between internationalisation and language policy in higher education: a discursive analysis of language implications for internationally engaged universities. (Doctoral dissertation). University of Zaragoza, Spain. ISNN: 2254-7606. Retrieved from
  • Villares, R. (2019). The role of language policy documents in the internationalisation of multilingual higher education: an exploratory corpus-based study. Languages, 4(56), 1-9.
  • Villares, R. (2017). A Corpus-based Analysis of Non-Standard English Features in the Microblogging Platform Tumblr. EPiC Series in Language and Linguistics, vol. 2, 295–303. ISSN: 2398-5283.
  • Villares Maldonado, R. (2017). Project Work as a Tool to Develop Intercultural Competence from an ELF Perspective in Secondary Education. In G. Nieto Caballero (ed.), Nuevas aportaciones al estudio y aprendizaje de lenguas extranjeras (pp. 107-122). Cáceres: Universidad de Extremadura servicios de publicaciones. ISBN: 978-84-608-9678-4. Retrieved from


  • Villares, R. (2021). Changing scholarly practices: The case of the Twitter conference “Linguistweets”. The 9th International Conference Synergies in Communication, 28-29 October 2021, Bucharest, Romania. Conference presentation.
  • Villares, R. (2021). Is English really the key language of institutional internationalisation processes? A case study of Spanish-based multilingual campuses. World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA), 15-20 August 2021, Groningen, The Netherlands. Conference presentation.
  • Villares, R. (2021). Postgraduate roundtable: PhDs’ experiences. III seminar in English Studies (SEING), 27-28 May 2021, Zaragoza, Spain. Invited talk.
  • Villares, R. (2020). Corpus linguistics tools for the creation of linguistic resources that support the internationalisation of tertiary education. 46th Annual Conference of the Japan Association for English Corpus Studies, 3-4 October 2020, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Villares, R. (2020). La carrera investigadora, política lingüística y otras cuestiones, 25 September 2020, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil. Invited talk.
  • Villares, R. (2019). Cuando dos metodologías son mejor que una. Seminario internacional Psylex V: de los datos empíricos a la teoría del lenguaje, 24-25 October 2019, Zaragoza, Spain. Poster presentation.
  • Villares, R. (2019). The role of languages in the internationalisation of higher education. I seminar in English Studies (SEING), 10 May 2019, Zaragoza, Spain. Conference presentation.
  • Villares, R. (2019). A critical discourse analysis of language policy documents in the multilingual university context. 37th International Conference of the Spanish Society of Applied Linguistics (AESLA), 27-29 March 2019, Valladolid, Spain. Conference presentation.
  • Villares, R. (2018). Internationalization strategies in Spanish universities: a corpus-driven analysis of institutional documents. XVII International AELFE Conference, 28-29 June 2018, Madrid, Spain. Conference presentation.
  • Villares, R. (2017). A cross-disciplinary study of scholars’ multilingual research-oriented literacies. 9th AILA- European Junior Researcher Meeting, 6-8 September 2017, Vienna, Austria. Conference presentation.
  • Villares, R. (2017). ’Going international’ in Higher Education: A Corpus-Driven Analysis of Strategic Plans in a Spanish University. Discourse, Knowledge and Practice in Society, 7-8 July 2017, Bucharest, Romania. Conference presentation.