Karin Tusting, Convenor

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and Literacy Studies, Lancaster University, UK

I am a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, and a member of the Lancaster Literacy Research Centre. I teach on courses including research methods, discourse analysis, and language and identities. My research is in the area of workplace literacies. I have recently led an ESRC research project exploring the range of academics’ writing in university workplaces, and I have previously researched bureaucracy in other educational workplaces, taking an ethnographic perspective on workplace paperwork.

I have been a member of LEF since its inception, when I was finishing my PhD looking at the role of literacies and texts in the construction of identity in a Catholic parish. I was the first LEF communications secretary and helped to set up the BAAL Special Interest Group system.

Charlotte Selleck, Meetings Secretary

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, University of the West of England

Charlotte's research interests are in sociolinguistic theory, the sociolinguistics of Wales and interactional sociolinguistics. Her PhD research investigated the interplay between linguistic practices, linguistic representations, language ideologies and social inclusion between students at three related research sites in West-Wales.

Robert Sharples, Treasurer

Programme Director, MSc TESOL, University of Edinburgh

Teaching Fellow, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

My interest in Linguistic Ethnography grew from my research with young migrants in South London. I am interested in the impact of migration on schooling, and in how education systems can evolve to meet the needs of an increasingly multilingual, globally mobile student population.

Jamie Murdoch, Membership Secretary

Researcher, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

I am a researcher in Health Services Research at the University of East Anglia. My interest in Linguistic Ethnography began during my PhD when I was studying how people with asthma talk about medicine-taking. I attended the course ‘Key Concepts and Methods in Ethnography, Language and Communication’, involving five days of training, data sessions and workshops. The course content had a huge impact on my interpretation of the research interviews I had collected and led to wider appreciation of contextual features shaping the talk of people with chronic illness. Working with colleagues in Bristol and Exeter, I have recently completed a study of how computer decision support software shapes nurse-patient communication during telephone triage interactions in which we conducted a multi-modal analysis of audio and video data. I’m particularly interested in using LE to study patient journeys and ‘text trajectories’ of medical records in different health care settings.

Oliver Picton, Communications Secretary

Head of Department: Social Studies, American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa

In 2016 I completed my PhD at the University of Bath and have a background of research in anthropology and education, with ethnography and visual / participatory methodologies playing influential roles in my research. I am currently based in Johannesburg although I am originally from the UK. My previous posts were in China, Qatar and the UK. My research interests include childhood place experience and ‘Third Culture Kid’ research. To view my publications please visit this link.

I will be managing this website, and have plans to increase LEF's presence online, for example through Twitter.

Johanna Woydack, Ordinary member of LEF committee

Assistant Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business

I completed my Ph.D. at King’s College London, in the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication.

My Ph.D. research was an ethnography of a multilingual London outbound call center. My main focus was on standardization and the production, uptake and use of scripts by the various participants. However, I also explored issues such as (transnational) migration, the role of gender, language learning in the workplace, workplace literacy and London’s language market. For this research, I was honored to receive a grant from the Graduate Funds for Women studies (FfWG) in 2011.

Zoe Nikolaidou, Ordinary member of LEF committee

Senior Lecturer, School of Culture and Education, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden