I am Professor of Applied Linguistics and currently Head of English Language in the School of Languages and Social Sciences. I am also Assistant Director of Aston’s Research Centre for Interdisciplinary research in Language and Diversity (InterLAND), which brings together colleagues in applied linguistics, social sciences and business studies.
My current research focus is on the relationship between language, gender and leadership in educational, business and professional contexts. My recent research has been based on an ESRC research project entitled ‘Leadership Talk and Gender in Senior Management Business Meetings in the UK’, which ran from January 2010 until May 2012. I have published three monographs: Double-Voicing at Work (2014); The Language of Female Leadership (2010), and Positioning Gender in Discourse (2003), all with Palgrave Macmillan and well received by scholars and practitioners alike. My research regularly features in the media including the BBC2 series, Women at the Top and BBC Radio programmes such as Woman’s Hour and Business Daily.