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  • King Henry 1 Street, Park Building

    PO1 2DZ Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

  • Burnaby Road, Milldam

    PO1 3AS Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am happy to respond to informal inquires on possible PhD projects which draw upon Critical Discourse Analysis/Cognitive Linguistics/Stylistics approaches to investigate issues around style, audience, authenticity, self-promotion, product-promotion (i.e. advertising or sponsorship), and community in online discourse (e.g. blogs, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram). I am especially interested in research related to gender and body image in the media.

Personal profile


I am a specialist in contemporary discourse. I have a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast, where I researched how ideals about femininity and the female body are constructed in French and English cosmetics advertisements. I am the author of The Language of Cosmetics Advertising (Palgrave, 2016) and co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Language and Religion (2023) and Contemporary Media Stylistics (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • advertising language
  • social and traditional media langugae
  • language, gender & religion
  • online communities
  • language & social justice/inequality

I have a research background in Critical Discourse Analysis and Stylistics. 

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 5 - Gender Equality


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