Prof. Emerita Celia Roberts

Celia Roberts is Professor Emerita in sociolinguistics at King’s College London in the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication. Her interests are in language and cultural processes in the workplace, health and other institutional contexts, their practical relevance to real world situations and in research methods in ethnography and linguistics. She uses Interactional Sociolinguistics and ethnography to look at disadvantages faced by linguistic and ethnic minorities in interaction with institutions. Celia’s publications cover patient-health professional communication, language and cultural practices in the workplace, English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) and institutional selection processes and their potential for indirect discrimination. Her publications include, a.o.: Language and Discrimination 1992 ; Achieving Understanding 1996, Talk, Work and Institutional Order 1999, Performance Features in Clinical Skills Assessment (with Atkins and Hawthorne) 2014 and Linguistic Penalties (2012).


Ms. Dorottya Cserző

I am a Research Assistant at the Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE). In CUREMeDE I carry out qualitative analysis (literature reviews, interview and focus group analysis) on various ongoing projects. Recently I’ve been involved in projects on professionalism in dentistry, healthcare regulation, and GP training in Wales.

I completed my PhD in Language and Communication at the Centre for Language and Communication at Cardiff University in 2019. My PhD project explored the domestic use of videochat through the analysis of video recordings and interviews. In 2016, I co-edited a volume titled Downscaling culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication and contributed a chapter focusing on the method of nexus analysis to the same volume. My latest publication is a chapter titled Intimacy at a distance: Multimodal meaning making in video chat tours in the 2020 edited volume Visualizing Digital Discourse: Interactional, Institutional and Ideological Perspectives. My research has focused on new media, digital communication, and multimodal approaches to discourse analysis.


Prof. Anna Marie Trester

Anna Marie Trester  has a deep commitment to making linguistics accessible and finding practical applications of linguistics research.  She explores this in ongoing work on Language and Professional Identity. She has a broad background and training in sociolinguistics from a range of analytical perspectives (including variation analysis, discourse analysis, and ethnography), ample teaching experience (both at the graduate and undergraduate levels), and experience as an academic advisor, mentor, and administrator.  She received her M.A. in Linguistics from NYU in 2002 and Ph.D. from Georgetown in 2008.

Her research interests in performance, narrative, humor, cross-cultural communication, social media, and narrative all come together in her current work examining professional self-presentation. In her new book “Bringing Linguistics to Work”, she investigates the language of the job search and brings an interactional sociolinguistic approach to understand the texts and interactions which comprise career exploration. Her interest in social media infuses this book by particular focus on the Language of LinkedIn. She’s also the founder of Career Linguist, a blog and resource centre for career exploration.


Prof. Dr. Ruth Breeze

Ruth Breeze

Ruth Breeze received her degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge and subsequently completed a master’s degree from the same university and a doctorate in language teaching at the Universidad de Navarra. Among her most recent publications focus on discourse analysis, language pedagogy and professional communication. She was the director of the Institute of Modern Languages at the Universidad de Navarra until 2014, she is currently a professor of English at the same institute, and is a member of the research group ‘Public speaking’ (GRADUN) in the Institute of Culture and Society (ICS) at the Universidad de Navarra.

Prof. Dr. Claire Hardaker

Claire Hardaker is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Linguistics and English Language of Lancaster University, United Kingdom. She primarily does research into aggression, deception, and manipulation in computer-mediated communication (CMC), including phenomena such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming. She tends to take a forensic linguistic approach, based on a corpus linguistic methodology, but due to the multidisciplinary nature of her research, she also branches out into areas such as psychology, law, and computer science.

She’s also the host of the en clair podcast, a casebook of forensic linguistic cases, literary detection, and language mysteries. It looks at codes, cryptography, undeciphered languages, and linguistic myths and legends. Each episode presents a case of linguistic intrigue or controversy from ancient history to the present day.

Dr.David Wright

David Wright is a forensic linguist and lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. His research applies methods of corpus linguistics and discourse analysis in forensic contexts, and aims to help improve the delivery of justice using language analysis. His research spans across a range of intersections between language and the law and justice, language in crime and evidence, and discourses of abuse, harassment and discrimination. His current research specialisms and ongoing projects are: Forensic Authorship Analysis, Empirical explorations of idiolect, Street Harassment of Children, Incitement of Violence Against Women Online, The language of advocacy, The ‘voice’ in law and evidence, Media representations of minority groups

Dr.Roshni Moneeram

Roshni Moneeram’s key areas of expertise lie in the interface between research, people development and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policy in the corporate and public sectors. She has a career history of leading people development strategies, and knowledge exchange in international organisations. She specialises in establishing positive learning environments and operational programmes across diverse global industries that demand keen business, commercial, financial, and technology acumen to succeed. She has expertise in driving (cultural) change in the public and corporate spheres and maximising performance to achieve organisational values, vision and business objectives. Roshni also worked with the Linguistic Profiling for Professionals (LiPP) business unit at Nottingham university, where she collaborated on gender and global Englishes research projects, witness her leading role in the project of voicing of women leaders in Africa.

Prof. Dr. Louise Mullany

Louise Mullany has conducted research on professional communication with a range of national and multinational organisations for the past 20 years. She is the Founder and Director of Linguistic Profiling for Professionals, an innovative research-based consultancy and business unit based in the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics at The University of Nottingham: She has expertise in corporate business communication and health communication, including global issues of equality, diversity and inclusion and has published extensively in these areas. Since 2003 she has worked on numerous initiatives with colleagues as part of the University’s Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics. She has been the School’s Director of Business and External Engagement since 2010. She has also worked with the Executive Education team of the University’s Business School, delivering effective leadership communication courses as part of their High Performance Leadership Development programmes.

Prof. Dr. David Boje

David M. Boje is Regents Professor and Distinguished Achievement Professor in Management Department, New Mexico State University. He is an international scholar in areas of true storytelling and antenarratives in organizations. He holds an honorary doctorate from Aalborg University, and is considered godfather of their Material Storytelling Lab. He is considered the godfather of the Material Storytelling Lab founded by Anete Strand. He is founder of Tamara Journal of Critical Organization Inquiry. He works with Old Friends Industries doing True storytelling events and consultations with Jens Larsen and Lena Bruun. So far, he has published 23 books and 143 journal articles, many in top tier journals such as Management Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Academy of Management Journal, etc. It is said that he is the most cited scholar in the College of Business at New Mexico State University. His vita and books and articles can be found at

Dr. Matteo Fuoli

Matteo Fuoli joined the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics in Birmingham as a Lecturer in April 2017. Prior to this, he received his PhD on organizational trust in English Language and Linguistics from Lund University, in Sweden. He has taught a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, and Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics.

He is primarily interested in exploring how business organizations use discourse to negotiate public trust and social legitimacy. Another major focus of his research is the language of evaluation, i.e. how speakers and writers express emotions, attitudes, and opinions in discourse. His research interests also include corpus methodology, experimental approaches to (critical) discourse analysis, and multimodal metaphor. He combines multiple methodological perspectives, including qualitative discourse analysis, corpus-based methods, and experimentation.

Prof. Camila Vasquez

Camila Vasquez is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of South Florida (USF). In her teaching and research, she explores the role of language in many domains of everyday life. She is primarily interested in how our linguistic choices (both conscious and subconscious) communicate social information to others about who we are, as people – where we are from, what we do, what we want others to think about us, and so on. She regularly teaches courses such as Language of the Internet, Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics, Cross-Cultural Issues in Language Teaching, and Qualitative Research Methods.

In her 2014 book, The Discourse of Online Reviews, Bloomsbury Publishing, she examines a corpus of over 1,000 consumer reviews and discusses many of the discourse features that are characteristic of this rapidly growing, computer-mediated, and primarily text-based, genre. In it, she investigates the language used by reviewers as they forge connections with their audiences to draw them into their stories, as they construct their expertise and authority on various subjects, as they evaluate and assess their consumer experiences, and as they display their knowledge about the very genre in which they are participating. <taken from>

Dr. Jane Lockwood

Jane Lockwood is the co-founder of Future Perfect Inc. She has a broad range of positions in universities and other educational management posts in Australia, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Her area of research interest relates to assessment, evaluation processes, and workplace communication curriculum development.

Her PhD investigated the curriculum and evaluation processes in Hong Kong work places and she has subsequently published in this area. Jane’s research has been in the areas of communication and language assessment in the business processing outsourcing industry.

Prof. Jonathan Culpeper

Jonathan has a particular research interest in linguistic (im)politeness, focusing on the social dynamics of interaction. He is pursuing various avenues of impoliteness-related research, including aspects of ‘hate speech’ and the investigation of prosody and (im)politeness, more on which can be found in The Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)politeness(2017). He also seeks to apply the theories of pragmatics to historical texts and language change, often underpinned by corpus methods. Stylistics has always been an enduring research line of his as well, which he combines with the study of Shakespeare’s language using modern approaches and methods.

Prof. Helen Kelly-Holmes

Helen is Professor of Applied Languages in the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, Ollscoil Luimnigh/University of Limerick and is an active member of the Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS), having previously served as Director of the Centre. Her research concerns sociolinguistics, the study of language in society, and focuses on the interrelationship between media, markets, technologies and languages. She is particularly interested in the economic aspects of multilingualism, especially in relation to minority languages and the global political economy of English.

Prof. Michael Handford (Cardiff University, UK)

Michael is a professor of Applied Linguistics and English Language. He is especially interested in the ways that people communicate at work, how people make decisions and solve problems, or how relationships are developed, maintained or damaged. His latest interest is how culture and communication may interact.

Prof. Dennis Mumby (University of North Carolina, USA)

Dennis is the world-renowned driving force behind the school of critical organizational communication. His research focuses on the relationships among discourse, power, and organizing – as well as organizational processes of control and resistance, and how this dialectic is discursively produced, maintained, and transformed.