Language is central to people’s social, political, personal and professional lives, and a powerful resource for communicating, learning and building knowledge across the lifespan. Our research reflects our belief in the important social role played by language in various contexts and our commitment to effecting real social change. We pursue world-leading innovative research in three main areas:

Our research draws on a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches under a broadly sociocultural framework, including corpus linguistics, multimodality and discourse analysis.

We work closely with non-academic organisations and institutions, both nationally and internationally, from schools, universities and teacher training colleges to NGOs, social work agencies and local authorities. Our research has been funded by a range of external funding bodies including the UK research councils (AHRC and ESRC) and the European commission.