Matteo Fuoli

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

My research focuses primarily on business communication from a linguistic perspective. I am interested in exploring how business organizations use language as a strategic tool to communicate with stakeholders, accomplish key organizational objectives and negotiate public trust. Another major focus of my research is evaluative language, i.e. how speakers and writers express emotions, attitudes, and opinions in discourse. My research combines multiple methodological perspectives, including qualitative discourse analysis, corpus-based methods, and experimentation.


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.

Willingness to take 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
• 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