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I came to Newcastle and joined the department of Humanities in the summer of 2008 after having completed a PhD degree in cognitive linguistics at Nottingham University. Over the years, I've assumed multiple roles within the institution, successfully leading BA, MA and PhD modules and programmes within the Language and Linguistics Subject. I am currently serving as the PGR Lead for English Language and Linguistics, as well as the Research Group Lead for English Language and Linguistics in the Humanities Department.

Research interests

The scope of my research interest primarily spans across cognitive linguistics, language and health, narrative studies, discourse analysis, CDA, stylistics, and corpus linguistics. These diverse strands converge under three overarching themes:

Language and health: This theme delves into language and communication surrounding health and healthcare topics on multimodal platforms. It examines the nuanced and diverse ways in which language plays pivotal roles in our understanding and engagement with health-related matters.

Wellbeing, identity, and personhood: This theme focuses on the profound link between language and individual identity. It explores how language can shape, define, and influence one's sense of self and wellbeing.

Narratives and stories (inclusive of all genres): With a passion for storytelling that ranges from the literary to shades of everyday narratives and personal accounts, this theme aims to unearth the hidden depths, patterns, and dynamic processes in narratives, shedding light on their cognitive, linguistic, and sociocultural dimensions.

My dedication to the field also encompasses public engagement and impact activities. I've actively collaborated with healthcare practitioners, patient and community groups, charitable organisations, and the general public. I am committed to fostering a deeper understanding of the evolving culture of care, communication, and stakeholder engagement in contemporary healthcare services and public health.

Further Information

To all research students, academic colleagues, practitioners, organisations and individuals interested in the aforementioned areas, I extend a warm invitation. I am always eager to discuss potential research and public engagement projects and activities. Your insights, queries, and collaborative opportunities are greatly appreciated. Please do get in touch, and let's delve into the vast realm of language and communication and its intersections together.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Linguistics, PhD, University of Nottingham

15 Jul 200831 Dec 2099

Award Date: 15 Jul 2008


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