I am a Lecturer in English Language at the University Centre at Blackburn College (UCBC) and was formerly an Associate Lecturer in Linguistics at Liverpool Hope University. I have taught extensively at undergraduate level since 2007. My current teaching commitments involve the delivery of modules on the BA (Hons) English Language and BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology degree programmes at UCBC, both of which are validated and awarded by Lancaster University.
I am a Doctoral Researcher at LAEL at Lancaster University, where I am a member of the Language, Ideology and Power (LIP), and Discourse and Text (DisTex) research groups. In addition, I am a full member of the UK Cognitive Linguistics Association, the Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network and I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
My research interests revolve specifically around three distinct domains: critical discourse analysis, cognitive and neurocognitive linguistics, and philosophy of language. I am particularly interested in how cognitive linguistic approaches to critical discourse analysis can address problems posed in philosophy of language. By extension I am also interested in cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and theory of mind. My current research involves the synthetisation of Critical Discourse Analysis with Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience within the context of investigating social constructionism, particularly in terms of a cultural political economy.