Nelya Koteyko, Convenor


Reader in Applied Linguistics, School of Language, Linguistics and Film, QMUL 

Research interests: media discourse, digital literacies and identities, critical metaphor analysis, corpus assisted discourse analysis.

Zsófia Demjén, Treasurer

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Zsófia Demjén, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics.

Zsófia’s research interests include health communication, metaphor, and the intersections of language, mind and health(care). She is author of Sylvia Plath and the Language of Affective States: Written Discourse and the Experience of Depression (2015, Bloomsbury) and co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Metaphor and Language (2017). Her work has appeared in the Journal of Pragmatics, Applied Linguistics, Metaphor and the Social World, Communication & Medicine, the BMJ’s Medical Humanities, and Discourse Studies among others.

Dimitrinka Atanasova, Secretary


Research Associate, University of Leicester

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.

Olivia Knapton, Communications Officerstaff-photo-olivia-knapton-comms-officer

Lecturer in Linguistics, King’s College LondonOlivia’s research interests fall into two areas of health and discourse.  Firstly, she researches the relationship between 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, she researches how people with mental health problems structure their experiences through various cognitive conceptualisations. Cutting across her research are discourses of anxiety about health, illness and contamination that continually overlap with issues of gender and women’s experiences of their bodies.

Anne-Mette Hermans, Meetings Secretary

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King’s College London