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Joseph Lambert

Dr Joseph Lambert

Lecturer in Translation Studies

School of Modern Languages


At Cardiff, I teach across a range of modules in Translation Studies, working with students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. This includes teaching on translation theory, translation technology, translation ethics and practical translation skills (including seminars focusing on various domains of French-English translation)

As a researcher, I am primarily interested in a range of questions relating to ethics in translation and exploring the state of the translation industry more widely. I have written and presented on topics including codes of ethics for translators, rates of pay for translators, hermeneutics, and sustainability in the translation industry.

My research seeks to unite theoretical conceptions of ethics and translation with “real-life” practice. This practical thread of my research is informed by my experience as a translator, having set up my own freelance translation company in 2012, specialising in sporting translation and working with a number of high-profile clients.







Book sections


  • Lambert, J. 2023. Translation Ethics. Routledge Introductions to Translation and Interpreting. Routledge.



As a researcher, I am primarily interested in a range of questions relating to ethics in translation, including:

  • The status of codes of ethics for translation
  • Translators' agency and ethical decision-making
  • Rates of pay in the translation industry
  • Issues of professionalisation and status
  • Ethical considerations in relation to translation technology
  • Sustainability in the translation industry


I hold a BA in French and Italian, an MA in Translation Studies, and a PhD in Translation Studies, all from the University of Hull.

Professional memberships

Member of the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS) and Chair of the IATIS membership committee.

Acadmic member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).

Academic positions

  • 2020 - present: Cardiff University: Lecturer in Translation Studies

  • 2019 - 2020: Durham University: Teaching Fellow in French and Translation Studies

  • 2018 - 2019: University of Birmingham: Teaching Fellow in French and Translation

  • 2014 - 2018: University of Hull: Associate Lecturer in French and Translation Studies


Translation ethics, the translation industry, translation technology