Brigitte Nerlich

twitter: @BNerlich
I am Professor of Science, Language, and Society at the Institute for Science and Society (School of Sociology and Social Policy), at the University of Nottingham. I am also a member of the STS Priority Group. I studied French and philosophy in Germany and gained a DrPhil in French linguistics. After a postdoc in general linguistic at Oxford I moved to Nottingham. My current research, mainly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, focuses on the cultural and political contexts in which metaphors and other framing devices are used in the public, policy and scientific debates about emerging technologies, emerging diseases, as well as climate change. I have written books and articles on the history of linguistics, semantic change, metaphor, metonymy, polysemy and, more recently, the sociology of health and illness and the social study of science and technology. In 2011 the University of Nottingham awarded me a DLitt for my research and publications relating to the social study of metaphor. I am a Member of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Below you can find a list of books and articles I have published in recent years. First there is a list of books, then a list of articles relating to specific topics and projects, such as climate change, nanotechnology, genetics/genomics/stem cells, synthetic biology, infectious disease and food and agriculture, On the side bar you can also find links to projects on climate change in particular. There is a separate website for images and visualisations in science and society.

My google scholar page can be found here. My Amazon page can be found here.

Many of my papers, old and new, have now been uploaded onto

Communicating Biological Sciences: Ethical and Metaphorical Dimensions
Google books entry
Edited by Brigitte Nerlich, Richard Elliott, and Brendon Larson, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009

The Social and Cultural Impact of Foot and Mouth Disease in the UK in 2001: Experiences and Analyses
Edited by Martin Döring and Brigitte Nerlich, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009

PROJECTS and project related publications

Programme of Research: Making Science Public, funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2012-2017)

From Greenhouse effect to climategate, funded by the ESRC (2011-2014)

Articles related to this project - see here

UK media representations of carbon capture and storage


'Carbon compounds' - 'carbon language' - project website

Articles related to this project
Nanotechnology - Articles related to this topic 

From Nautilus to Nanobo(a)ts…

Journal of Nano Education

Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education (Book)

Young adults and nanomedicine

Genetics, genomics, stem cells, synthetic biology - Articles related to this topic

Designer babies

Anatomy of a media event…

Genomics: shifts in metaphorical landscape between 2000 and 2003

Genomics discourses

The book of life: how the human genome project was revealed to the public

Beyond the human genome...

The microbiome and its metaphors

Cloning and popular cultural imagery

Cloning, fiction, fantasy, fears

Clones and crops

Meaning of Genetics

Infectious diseases, hygiene and biosecurity - Articles related to this topic

Metaphors and biorisks…

Conceptualising biosecurity – the case of swine flu

Avian Flu: The creation of expectations in the interplay between science and the media.

Modern matrons and infection control practices: aspirations and realities

The habitus of hygiene (MRSA)

Hygiene and biosecurity: The language and politics of risk (MRSA and avian flu)

MRSA and the post-antibiotic apocalypse?

The 'ins and outs' of biosecurity (avian infuenza)

Health, hygiene and biosecurity: Conflicting knowledge claims in the UK poultry industry

SARS and metaphors

Conceptualising foot and mouth disease…

War on foot and mouth disease

The social and cultural impact of the 2001 outbreak

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Food and Environment - Articles related to this topic

Politics of food…

Discourse analysis of probiotic web advertising

Past publications on metaphor, metonymy, polysemy, and so on

Discourse metaphors

Ambiguities we live by

Mind, meaning and metaphor

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