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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 nottingham.academia.edu/BrigitteNerlich
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
PROJECTS and project related publications
New 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
UK media representations of carbon capture and storage
Contesting science by appealing to its norms: Readers discuss climate science in The Daily Mail.
Climate change and 'climategate' in online reader comments: A mixed methods study.
Climate in the News: How Differences in Media Discourse Between the US and UK Reflect National Priorities
When climate science became climate politics: British media representations of climate change in 1988 (online first)
'Carbon compounds' - 'carbon language' - project website
Articles related to this project
'Low carbon' metals, markets and metaphors: The creation of expectations about climate change mitigation
Climategate': Paradoxical Metaphors and Political Paralysis
'Low carbon diet': Reducing the complexities of climate change to human scale
Carbon gold rush and carbon cowboys: A new chapter in green mythology?
Compounds, creativity and complexity in climate change communication
Carbon reduction activism
Theory and language of climate change communication
From Carbon Markets to Carbon Morality: Creative Compounds as Framing Devices
Nanotechnology - Articles related to this topic
The visual construction of nanoscience, entry in Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society
Genetics, genomics, stem cells, synthetic biology - Articles related to this topic
Understanding genetic discrimination; seminar convened by the Human Genetics Commission and the AHRC, January, 2010-02-16
Infectious diseases, hygiene and biosecurity - Articles related to this topic
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Food and Environment - Articles related to this topic
Balancing Food Risks and Food Benefits: the Coverage of Probiotics in the UK National Press
Past publications on metaphor, metonymy, polysemy, and so on