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Health Communication

Health Communication

About us

Our research on language and health spans spoken, written and multimodal forms of communication in health contexts and is centrally concerned with: 

  • discursive accounts of health, risk and safety in a range of contexts, such as traditional and new media,
  • understanding of language and concepts used by health practitioners and organisations,
  • issues of social equality in relation to health literacy and access in a superdiverse society,
  • experiences and constructions of illness, disability and mental health.

These interests are addressed with a diverse range of methodological approaches and tools, at the micro, meso and macro levels: 

  1. Sociolinguistic analysis, focusing on how health issues emerge from spoken interactions and how narratives are utilised to share health constructs
  2. Cognitive linguistic analysis, generating insight into mental constructions of health conditions, the communication of public health and safety and the discourses of medical research 
  3. Corpus linguistic analysis, focusing on media and official representations of health risks
  4. Multi-modal analysis, focusing on the social and cognitive construction of particular health issues
  5. A linguistic approach to health literacy, focusing on health literary as an interaction between the linguistic framing of messages and capacities for interpretation

Our research also emphasises practical relevance, by generating findings that have implications for existing communication practices. We have hosted industry workshops and have cultivated ties with practitioner based audiences within public health, medicine and disaster risk reduction.

Staff contributors

Celia Roberts, Chris Tang, Deborah Chinn, Gabriella Rundblad, Katherine Bristowe, Olivia Knapton, Shuangyu Li.

Current MPhil/PhD students

Annelies Foccaert, Anne-Mette Hermans, Elvis Gomes, Jia Liu, Mark Cabling, Sally King.

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