Roland (Roly) Sussex (OAM, FQA, Chevalier des Palmes Académiques) has a PhD in Russian and general linguistics from the University of London. He was Professor of Russian at the University of Melbourne (1974-1989), and Professor of Applied Language Studies at UQ from 1989 to 2010.

Roly was a member and panel chair in the Australian Research Grants Committee. He has been active in computers and language learning since the mid-1980s. He has major ongoing research projects in language, society and culture, intercultural communication, communication and pain, Australian English, and language communication in digital media and online learning. He has been presenting weekly language broadcasts with ABC radio since 1997 and is also currently president of the English-Speaking Union (Queensland Branch).

His recent book publications include:

  • Andy Kirkpatrick and Roland Sussex (eds), English as an international language in Asia: Implications for language education. Berlin and London: Springer-Verlag, 2012)
  • Andy Curtis and Roland Sussex (Eds). (2018). Intercultural communication in Asia: Education, language and values. Berlin and London: Springer Verlag.
  • Word for today (University of Queensland Press, 2021).