Hi, I’m Emma and I’m a research fellow in corpus linguistics at the University of Nottingham. I’m currently working on the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project Coronavirus Discourses: Linguistic Evidence for Effective Public Health Messaging. You can read more about the project, including our research outputs here.


My main research interests lie in exploring health communication, human-animal relationships, animal ethics, and environmental issues but I am also interested using a linguistic approach to examine perceptions surrounding any social, cultural or political issue. My previous research has involved corpus linguistics, (critical) discourse analysis, health communication, history, human-animal studies, and digital humanities.

My PhD was about the representation of British wildlife in news discourse over time from 1785 to modern day and you can read about this here. This research was attached to a wider collaborative project, ‘People’, 'Products’, ‘Pests’ and ‘Pets’: the Discursive Representation of Animals. Have a look at my reading list for more details about the project, as well as work from the other researchers involved.

For ongoing research, I’m interested in exploring health communication, the different relationships between human and non-human animals, speciesism, environmental issues and widening participation in higher education. I’ve previously worked for The Brilliant Club, a charity which aims to widen access to highly-selective universities for pupils from underrepresented backgrounds.

I completed my BA (English Language & Communication) at the University of Hertfordshire, my MSc (Neuroscience, Language & Communication) at University College London, and my PhD at Lancaster University.  I now live and work in Derby and travel back to Devon whenever I can to visit donkeys(!), friends, and family.

Other things I like include the West Country, camping, writing letters, postcards, vegan food, yoga, museums, galleries cats and house rabbits. I collect pretty much anything with a William Morris print on it.

If you want to get in touch, I’ll be happy to hear from you by email or on social media.

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Emma McClaughlin

July 2021