CAE members are actively involved in nationally-leading research in the field of English for academic purposes and academic uses of English. Between April and June 2009, the CAE conducted a survey of the use of English at Stockholm University, which explored student and staff uses, needs and attitudes towards English as an academic language. Over the last year, CAE academic staff have conducted and published research on academic uses of English, genre awareness and metacognition, teaching and learning of academic English through collaborative online environments, English as a lingua franca in higher education, and so forth. Two major research projects at the Centre focus on teaching and learning in English across disciplines (the TALE project; Bolton, Björkman, Kuteeva, Mezek, Negretti, Shaw) and genre awareness and metacognition in L2 academic writing (the GAME project, Kuteeva and Negretti). The results of our research have been published or are forthcoming in several international peer-reviewed journals, including English for Specific Purposes, The Journal of Second Language Writing, The Journal of Pragmatics, World Englishes, Ibérica and other outlets. CAE staff regularly participate in international conferences and contribute to other research projects.

In January 2010, the Centre for Academic English hosted the 3rd annual symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes, participants from Sweden and other European countries. Selected papers presented at this symposium will be published in the special issue of a peer-reviewed journal Ibérica: The Journal of the European Association of Languages for Specific Purposes in the autumn of 2011. The special issue focuses on EAP in parallel-language and ELF settings and includes seven peer-reviewed papers, a research note, an interview with Britt-Louise Gunnarsson, and several book reviews.