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Research interests

My research interests centre on the development and use of applied linguistic methodology and tools in public health communication, risk and disaster communication and language education contexts, particularly those situated in linguistically and culturally diverse environments.

Biographical details

My research experience centres on the development and conducting of projects that combine applied linguistic and social science methods and methodology to improve communication practices. Within a disaster risk reduction and public health domain, I am interested in the role of language, culture, (language) education and community networks as a means of engaging hard to reach groups with low literacy and English as an additional language. My most recent work has focused on applications of corpus linguistics and cognitive semantics in the assessment of health literacy within a project seeking to improve health and disaster risk communication about the dangers of heatwaves and cold spells.

I am co-founder and coordinator of the Corpus Research in Linguistics and Beyond seminar series. In addition to my academic work, I have over 15 years experience teaching English as a foreign language, completing the Department’s MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching in 2009.

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


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