Helen Ringrow
  • 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.

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Personal profile


I have a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast, where I also contributed to teaching on language, power and ideology. My doctoral research focused on how ideals about femininity and the female body are constructed in French and English cosmetics advertisements.

I joined the University of Portsmouth in September 2014 and I teach on a wide range of linguistics units at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am currently researching the language used to describe motherhood and femininity in religious online communities. I am a member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA).  

Research Interests

My current research looks at the connections between language, gender, and religion in online contexts. My most recent project looks at metaphors of the female body in motherhood and modest fashion blogs.

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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