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PhD projects

Dr MacLeod is keen to supervise PhD projects in any area of Forensic Linguistics and/or (Critical) Discourse Analysis.

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Personal profile


Dr Nicci MacLeod is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics. Prior to joining Northumbria in September 2018 she was employed as a Research Associate at what is now the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL), working on various projects focussing on authorship analysis, native language identification, and assuming identities online in the context of undercover investigations against child sex offenders. She is co-author with Professor Tim Grant of Language and Online Identities: The Undercover Policing of Internet Sexual Crime (CUP).

She is Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) in English Language Studies, and teaches EL4012 Introduction to Discourse Analysis and EL6052 Forensic Linguistics.

She is Executive Secretary of the International Association of Forensic and Legal Linguistics (IAFLL).

Dr MacLeod's office hours for Semester 1 2021/22 are Thursdays 11-1.


Research interests

Dr MacLeod's current research interests lie in discursive patterns of representation and negotiation, particularly in legal and investigative contexts, and the language of policing.

Education/Academic qualification

Linguistics, PhD, Aston University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2010

Linguistics, MA, Cardiff University

Award Date: 1 Sep 2004

English Language, BA (Hons), Bangor University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003


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