Dr Andreas van Cranenburgh

Andreas van Cranenburgh is assistant professor in digital humanities and information sciences at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). His research areas are computational linguistics and computational humanities, with a particular focus on literature and coreference. He was awarded his PhD in Computational Linguistics in 2016, from the University of Amsterdam, for a thesis on rich statistical parsing and literary language.

Prof. Arran Stibbe

Arran Stibbe is Professor of Ecological Linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire (UK). In his research and teaching, he examines how language shapes how we as humans see ourselves and our relationship with other animals and the earth. His recent publications include: Stibbe, A. (2021). Ecolinguistics: Language, ecology and the stories we live by (2nd edition). Routledge.

Dr Garrath Williams

Dr Garrath Williams is a senior lecturer in philosophy at Lancaster University. His research covers ethics (especially in the works of Kant and Arendt), political theory and applied ethics, and one of his main interests is the concept of responsibility. His work in applied ethics has involved research on childhood obesity, health and public policy.

Joe McVeigh

Joe McVeigh is a PhD candidate at the University of Helsinki and teacher at the University of Jyväskyä, both in Finland. He has published on big data and email marketing, and his his research focus is “econolinguistics”, i.e. how linguistic data can be combined with marketing metadata in order to improve a product’s sales figures. Joe is also interested in comic books and the ways in which scholars can approach superhero comics.

Prof. Alexandra Georgakopulou

Alexandra Georgakopulou is Professor of Discourse Analysis & Sociolinguistics at King’s College London. Her research focuses on the role of everyday life stories in negotiating social relations and in identity politics. She is perhaps best known for her work on small stories, in which she studies how identities are constructed through narrative. She is currently working on narratives as part of social media discourse.

Dr Joke Daems

Joke Daems is a postdoctoral research assistant at Ghent University (Belgium). Their award-winning PhD was on identifying the differences between human translation and post-editing for students and professional translators, and Joke continues to research (machine) translation, translatability, translation quality assessment, human-computer interaction and translation stylometry. They are currently working on a project studying the potential of translation technology for literary translation and are exploring ways in which post-editing might be of use for L2 translation.

Prof. Dr Orphée De Clercq

Orphée De Clercq is assistant professor of language technology for educational applications at Ghent University (Belgium). She is mainly interested in how natural language processing techniques can aid computer-assisted language learning and has expertise in deep semantic processing, readability prediction and text mining of user-generated content. Orphée’s current work focuses on automated writing evaluation in language learning as well as sentiment analysis, exploring new techniques for implicit sentiment analysis and emotion detection.

Dr Doris Dippold

Doris Dippold is Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Communication at the University of Surrey (UK). Her areas of specialism include internationalisation at home; Interlanguage and Intercultural Pragmatics; Classroom interaction; English as a medium of instruction; English as a lingua franca; Language and Technology. She has recently worked on projects that explore the interactions between humans and machines and the import of interactional sociolinguistics in redesigning chatbot turns.

Dr Krzysztof Kredens

Dr Krzysztof Kredens is a senior lecturer at the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (UK). His research focuses on forensic authorship analysis and linguistically enabled offender identification. He studies aspects of interpreting in police interviews and the courtroom and has ample casework experience as both an expert witness and an interpreter.

Dr Katrijn Maryns

Katrijn is an associate professor at the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication at Ghent University (Belgium). She teaches multilingualism and interpreting courses, and her linguistic-ethnographic research examines the role of discourse, multilingualism and linguistic inequality in institutional contexts, especially in the context of asylum and migration.

Victoria S. Nydegger Schrøder

Victoria is a PhD candidate at the Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication at NHH Norwegian School of Economics. Drawing on experience from her career within communications and marketing, she studies corporate communication in multinational corporations and the role of interlingual translation. She is also an accredited translator from French to Norwegian.

Dr. Gladys Nyarko Ansah

Dr Gladys Nyarko Ansah is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Ghana, Legon, specialising in cognitive semantics, bilingualism and applied linguistics.

Prof. Anne Marie Bülow

Anne Marie Bülow is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Management, Society and Communication at Copenhagen Business School. She has published extensively on negotiations, especially in intercultural settings, as well as on corporate apologies. Much of her work draws on conversation analysis.

Dr. Judith Large

Judith Large is a Senior Research Fellow at Kent University, UK. She has 30 years of practical experience in war and transition settings, and has been involved in peace negotiations in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Balkans. She is particularly interested in the gendered aspects of conflict.

Dr. Bernadette Vine

Bernadette Vine is a Research Fellow at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is a core member of the Wellington Language in the Workplace Project team and has been involved in collecting and analysing naturally-occurring data in New Zealand organisations since 1996. She has published research on directives and advice, humour in the workplace and leadership.

Allegra Stone

Allegra Stone started her own coaching and mediation business after working in HR for large organisations including Airbus and  the NHS, where she has worked in recruitment and training as well as support and coaching. Allegra Stone Mediation has clients across the public, creative, charitable and private sectors and Allegra works with staff at all levels, from CEO to junior. Using her extensive experience and qualifications, she supports businesses to create harmony and productivity in the workplace via coaching, mediation and psychometric assessment.

Allegra is also the co-author of two books supporting mental health: Effective Metaphors for Hypnotherapy and Effective Metaphors for Children: A Resourcefor Therapists, Parents and Teachers.

Chris Arning

Chris Arning is a brand consultant, semiotics educator and poet. He is the founder of Creative Semiotics, a strategic brand communications agency, and has worked with clients including the BBC, Unilever and BMW Mini. He has performed his spoken word poetry at open mics all over London since 2009; a selection of his spoken word and page poetry can be found here. Fun fact: Chris is linked to one of our guests from ep. 16, Sten Hansson: both of them have worked for the Estonian government. 

Dr Sten Hansson

Sten Hansson is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Tartu in Estonia and currently Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Birmingham (UK). He holds a PhD from Lancaster University and his interests are in the communicative aspects of government, argumentation and blame avoidance.  

Dr. Liz Morrish

Liz Morrish is an independent scholar and Visiting Fellow at York St John University in Britain. An expert in discourse analysis and higher education policy, Liz researches, writes and speaks on critical university studies, especially coercive management techniques. Her blog is at

Dr. Ulrike Schneider

Ulrike Schneider works at the Department of English Linguistics at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz (Germany). Next to her theoretical research into frequency effects in language and diachronic studies of transitivity, she is also interested in political and social media discourse.

Dr. Paula Pérez Sobrino

Paula Pérez Sobrino is a metaphor scholar and researcher at the University of La Rioja in Spain. Her most important publications include Multimodal Metaphor and Metonymy in Advertising (Benjamins, 2017) and various papers on metaphor in music.

Alex Toft

Alex Toft is the head of Minerva Business Angels, a forum for private investors to fund emerging technology businesses. Alex also has multinational commercial and board experience in the private (pharmaceutical), public (healthcare) and third sectors. A principal inventor in ten patents, he used to support distressed companies and start change management initiatives.

Dr. Dennis Davy

Dennis Davy works as associate professor at EDHEC Business School in France. He is teaching a course called ‘Brand Yourself’ the Executive MBA at the school’s campuses in Lille and Paris. His research interests include business communication, innovation in language pedagogy, discourse analysis in professional contexts, and investor pitches.

Munene Khoza

South Africa-based Munene Khoza holds an MA in Language and Linguistics from Lancaster University (UK). Her love of language and linguistics has translated into a career in strategic communications and project management consulting in many industries. For example, she had a leading role in the brand and name change from Barclays to Absa across nine African markets. Munene also started and ran her own corporate communications and language firm called MINT Language Consultancy for three years. She currently works as senior reputation manager at financial services company Discovery.

Dr. Paul Lawrence

Paul lives in Sydney and has more than 20 years experience in corporate. He worked for a multinational energy company for 14 years, then in the financial and entertainment sectors. He designs and delivers leadership development programs and helps organisations with cultural transformation. He has published more than a dozen journal articles and book chapters. He wrote a book on change leadership, published by Kogan Page in 2015. He recently wrote ‘Coaching in Three Dimensions’ and ‘The Tao of Dialogue’, both published by Routledge. He is currently writing a book on systemic coaching. He is co-founder of the Centre for Coaching in Organisations (CCORGS):


Dr. Katie Best

Katie brings nearly two decades of experience in workplace management and organisational practices to the podcast. She holds a PhD in Management (with a focus on workplaces and interaction) and has worked for and with universities including London School of Economics, King’s College London and Cass Business School. She uses her experience to create executive education events that equip leaders with the knowledge, skills and confidence to operate at the highest levels in their organisations, and to transition to workplace management. She is also the founder of TaylorBest, a small, highly specialised consultancy whose primary mission is to help firms excel by helping their leaders to excel. Find out more on


Prof. Emerita Celia Roberts

Celia Roberts is Professor Emerita in sociolinguistics at King’s College London in the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication. She uses Interactional Sociolinguistics and ethnography to look at disadvantages faced by linguistic and ethnic minorities in interaction with institutions. Celia’s publications cover patient-health professional communication, language and cultural practices in the workplace, English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) and institutional selection processes and their potential for indirect discrimination. Her publications include, a.o.: Language and Discrimination 1992 ; Achieving Understanding 1996, Talk, Work and Institutional Order 1999, Performance Features in Clinical Skills Assessment (with Atkins and Hawthorne) 2014 and Linguistic Penalties (2012).


Dorottya Cserző

Dorottya is a Research Assistant at the Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE). She completed her PhD in Language and Communication at the Centre for Language and Communication at Cardiff University in 2019. Her PhD project explored the domestic use of videochat through the analysis of video recordings and interviews. Her latest publication is a chapter titled Intimacy at a distance: Multimodal meaning making in video chat tours in the 2020 edited volume Visualizing Digital Discourse: Interactional, Institutional and Ideological Perspectives. Her research has focused on new media, digital communication, and multimodal approaches to discourse analysis.


Prof. Anna Marie Trester

Anna Marie Trester  has a deep commitment to making linguistics accessible and finding practical applications of linguistics research.  She has a broad background and training in sociolinguistics from a range of analytical perspectives (including variation analysis, discourse analysis, and ethnography), ample teaching experience (both at the graduate and undergraduate levels), and experience as an academic advisor, mentor, and administrator.  In her book “Bringing Linguistics to Work”, she investigates the language of the job search and brings an interactional sociolinguistic approach to understand the texts and interactions which comprise career exploration. Her interest in social media infuses this book by particular focus on the Language of LinkedIn. She’s also the founder of Career Linguist, a blog and resource centre for career exploration.


Prof. Dr. Ruth Breeze

Ruth Breeze received her degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge and subsequently completed a master’s degree from the same university and a doctorate in language teaching at the Universidad de Navarra. Among her most recent publications focus on discourse analysis, language pedagogy and professional communication. She was the director of the Institute of Modern Languages at the Universidad de Navarra until 2014, she is currently a professor of English at the same institute, and is a member of the research group ‘Public speaking’ (GRADUN) in the Institute of Culture and Society (ICS) at the Universidad de Navarra.

Dr. Claire Hardaker

Claire Hardaker is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Linguistics and English Language of Lancaster University, UK. She primarily does research into aggression, deception, and manipulation in computer-mediated communication (CMC), including phenomena such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming. She tends to take a forensic linguistic approach, based on a corpus linguistic methodology, but due to the multidisciplinary nature of her research, she also branches out into areas such as psychology, law, and computer science. She’s also the host of the en clair podcast, a casebook of forensic linguistic cases, literary detection, and language mysteries.

Dr. David Wright

David Wright is a forensic linguist and lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. His research applies methods of corpus linguistics and discourse analysis in forensic contexts, and aims to help improve the delivery of justice using language analysis. His research spans across a range of intersections between language and the law and justice, language in crime and evidence, and discourses of abuse, harassment and discrimination. His current research specialisms and ongoing projects are: Forensic Authorship Analysis, Empirical explorations of idiolect, Street Harassment of Children, Incitement of Violence Against Women Online, The language of advocacy, The ‘voice’ in law and evidence, Media representations of minority groups

Dr. Roshni Moneeram

Roshni Moneeram’s key areas of expertise lie in the interface between research, people development and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policy in the corporate and public sectors. She has a career history of leading people development strategies, and knowledge exchange in international organisations. She specialises in establishing positive learning environments and operational programmes across diverse global industries that demand keen business, commercial, financial, and technology acumen to succeed. She has expertise in driving (cultural) change in the public and corporate spheres and maximising performance to achieve organisational values, vision and business objectives. Roshni also worked with the Linguistic Profiling for Professionals (LiPP) business unit at Nottingham university, where she collaborated on gender and global Englishes research projects, witness her leading role in the project of voicing of women leaders in Africa.

Prof. Dr. Louise Mullany

Louise Mullany has conducted research on professional communication with a range of national and multinational organisations for the past 20 years. She is the Founder and Director of Linguistic Profiling for Professionals, an innovative research-based consultancy and business unit based in the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics at The University of Nottingham: She has expertise in corporate business communication and health communication, including global issues of equality, diversity and inclusion and has published extensively in these areas.

Prof. Dr. David Boje

David M. Boje is Regents Professor and Distinguished Achievement Professor in Management Department, New Mexico State University. He is an international scholar in areas of true storytelling and antenarratives in organizations. He holds an honorary doctorate from Aalborg University, and is considered godfather of their Material Storytelling Lab. He is considered the godfather of the Material Storytelling Lab founded by Anete Strand. He is founder of Tamara Journal of Critical Organization Inquiry. So far, he has published 23 books and 143 journal articles. It is said that he is the most cited scholar in the College of Business at New Mexico State University. His vita and books and articles can be found at

Dr. Matteo Fuoli

Matteo Fuoli joined the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics in Birmingham as a Lecturer in April 2017. Prior to this, he received his PhD on organizational trust in English Language and Linguistics from Lund University, in Sweden. He is primarily interested in exploring how business organizations use discourse to negotiate public trust and social legitimacy. Another major focus of his research is the language of evaluation, i.e. how speakers and writers express emotions, attitudes, and opinions in discourse. He combines multiple methodological perspectives, including qualitative discourse analysis, corpus-based methods, and experimentation.

Prof. Camila Vasquez

Camila Vasquez is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of South Florida (USF). She is primarily interested in how our linguistic choices (both conscious and subconscious) communicate social information to others about who we are, as people – where we are from, what we do, what we want others to think about us, and so on. In her 2014 book, The Discourse of Online Reviews she examines a corpus of over 1,000 consumer reviews and discusses many of the discourse features that are characteristic of this rapidly growing, computer-mediated, and primarily text-based, genre.

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Dr. Jane Lockwood

Jane Lockwood is the co-founder of Future Perfect Inc. She has a broad range of positions in universities and other educational management posts in Australia, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Her area of research interest relates to assessment, evaluation processes, and workplace communication curriculum development.

Her PhD investigated the curriculum and evaluation processes in Hong Kong work places and she has subsequently published in this area. Jane’s research has been in the areas of communication and language assessment in the business processing outsourcing industry.

Prof. Jonathan Culpeper

Jonathan has a particular research interest in linguistic (im)politeness, focusing on the social dynamics of interaction. He is pursuing various avenues of impoliteness-related research, including aspects of ‘hate speech’ and the investigation of prosody and (im)politeness, more on which can be found in The Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)politeness(2017). He also seeks to apply the theories of pragmatics to historical texts and language change, often underpinned by corpus methods. Stylistics has always been an enduring research line of his as well, which he combines with the study of Shakespeare’s language using modern approaches and methods.

Prof. Helen Kelly-Holmes

Helen is Professor of Applied Languages in the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, Ollscoil Luimnigh/University of Limerick and is an active member of the Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS), having previously served as Director of the Centre. Her research concerns sociolinguistics, the study of language in society, and focuses on the interrelationship between media, markets, technologies and languages. She is particularly interested in the economic aspects of multilingualism, especially in relation to minority languages and the global political economy of English.

Prof. Michael Handford (Cardiff University, UK)

Michael is a professor of Applied Linguistics and English Language. He is especially interested in the ways that people communicate at work, how people make decisions and solve problems, or how relationships are developed, maintained or damaged. His latest interest is how culture and communication may interact.

Prof. Dennis Mumby (University of North Carolina, USA)

Dennis is the world-renowned driving force behind the school of critical organizational communication. His research focuses on the relationships among discourse, power, and organizing – as well as organizational processes of control and resistance, and how this dialectic is discursively produced, maintained, and transformed.