Maartje De Meulder


Dr. Maartje De Meulder is senior researcher with the research group Speech and Language Therapy: Participation through Communication and senior lecturer at the Institute for Sign Language & Deaf Studies.

As a Honorary Research Fellow, Maartje de Meulder is affiliated to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. She is a leading expert in the field of Deaf Studies, with a particular and interdisciplinary focus on sign language policy and planning, sign language technologies, and Sign Language Interpreting Studies. Her research roadmap addresses contemporary societal challenges faced by deaf communities, and her work has been published in a range of different journals such as Human Rights Quarterly, Language Policy, and Translation and Interpreting Studies. She has co-edited Innovations in Deaf Studies (Oxford University Press, 2017) and The Legal Recognition of Sign Languages (Multilingual Matters, 2019) and has been a guest editor of several special issues of journals.

She is passionate about supporting the development of Deaf Studies as an academic field of research and teaching. As the coordinator of MADS, an Erasmus Mundus Design Measure program, she has been exploring the establishment of a new joint international Master in Applied Deaf Studies. She is dedicated to supporting capacity building of deaf scholars through her involvement in the dr Deaf training programs. Find out more about her publications, presentations and media appearances on her personal website


  • Deaf Studies
  • Sign language technologies
  • Sign language interpreting
  • Qualitative research methods