Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I would be happy to supervise research projects on the following topics:
• business discourse and communication: how companies use language to communicate with different audiences and accomplish important communicative goals
• polarization on social media: what are the linguistic factors that drive people apart online?
• experimental approaches to (critical) discourse analysis: using experiments to test hypotheses based on exploratory discourse analysis research
• trust from a linguistic perspective: how speakers use linguistic resources to build and repair trust in spoken and written interaction
• evaluative language: how speakers express emotions and opinions in discourse

20122022

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Research interests

My research draws on an interdisciplinary mix of corpus, experimental and data science methods with discourse analysis to study the linguistic mechanisms at the heart of important social phenomena and issues, such as trust, polarization and climate change. I have helped establish trust as a new and promising avenue for research within linguistics. My work on this fundamental human phenomenon brings together linguistics and psychology to explore the question of how trust is created, challenged and maintained. I have done extensive research on business communication, including on corporate social responsibility, crisis communication and webcare. I am currently working on project funded by the Institute for Global Innovation which focuses on ideological polarization on social media. The project combines corpus and experimental methods to examine the linguistic factors that drive people apart when interacting online.

Biography

I joined the Department of English Language and Linguistics in Birmingham as a Lecturer in April 2017. Prior to this, I received my PhD in English Language and Linguistics from Lund University, in Sweden. My thesis focused on the phenomenon of trust from a discourse analytical and experimental perspective. Specifically, it examined how companies use language as a strategic tool to manage the trust of relevant audiences.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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