Paula Perez-Sobrino


Research interests

Advertising, Metaphor, Metonymy, Multimodality, Music


Before joining the English Language department at the University of Birmingham, I wrote my doctoral thesis on multimodal metaphor and metonymy at the University of La Rioja (Spain) from 2011 to 2015. My research work greatly benefited from several research stays at the University of Toulouse II-Le Mirail (2012), University of Amsterdam (2013), University of Birmingham (2014), and the Free University of Amsterdam (2014-2015). I will be based at the University of Birmingham from October 2015 to October 2017 thanks to a Marie Curie fellowship awarded by the European Commission to carry out the project “Exploring Multimodal Metaphor in Advertising (EMMA)”. Find out more at:



2015-2017. Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Project ref. EMMA-658079). "Exploring Multimodal Metaphor (and Metonymy) in Advertising". University of Birmingham (UK)

2015. PhD in Cognitive Linguistics (International Doctorate. Distinction with honours). University of La Rioja, Spain. Title: “Expanding the figurative continuum to multimodal settings: Patterns of interaction of multimodal metaphor and metonymy in advertising”. Supervised by: Prof. Francisco J. Ruiz de Mendoza and Dr. Lorena Pérez Hernández.

2011. MA in Secondary Education Teaching (Itinerary: Spanish Language and Literature). University of La Rioja (Spain).

2010. MA in Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact (Itinerary: Linguistics). University of Salamanca (Spain).

2009. BA in Mass Communications (Itinerary: Journalism). University Pontificia of Salamanca (Spain). Distinction with honours awarded by the Government of La Rioja.

2004. International Baccalaurate Diploma. International Baccalaureate Office (Switzerland) & Mateo Práxedes Sagasta High School (Spain).

I have also finished my musical studies in Viola (2010, Castilla y León Conservatoire, Spain)