Nelya Koteyko, Convenor
Research interests: media discourse, digital literacies and identities, critical metaphor analysis, corpus assisted discourse analysis.
Dimitrinka Atanasova, Secretary
I am a media researcher interested in health/science and crisis communication. My PhD thesis examined the representation of obesity in online newspapers (news texts, photographs and readers’ comments). I recently, contributed to a study looking at language use in climate change-related media content. I currently work on an EU-funded project studying the use of (social) media during crisis situations. Previously, I was an analyst/consultant at a media analysis & tech company.
Daniel Hunt, Treasurer
I am a health and media researcher with a particular interest in web technologies and their effects on experiences of long-term health conditions. My previous research has used corpus linguistics in the analysis of online mental health communities and general practitioner focus groups, and I have also examined multiple roles of Facebook in the lives of people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes through a combination of multimodal discourse analysis and online ethnography. With Gavin Brookes (Lancaster) I am currently working on a monograph on corpus approaches to health communication and an edited collection on methods of analysing health discourse.
Olivia Knapton, Communications Officer
My research interests fall into two areas of health and discourse. Firstly, I research the relationship between the discourse structures found in health advice and public compliance to that advice, public perceptions of health threats, and public use of the media for health information. Secondly, I’m interested in how people with mental health problems structure their experiences through various cognitive conceptualisations. Cutting across my research are discourses of anxiety about health, illness and contamination that continually overlap with issues of gender and women’s experiences of their bodies.