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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences


Identity and affiliation in social networking sites 

Group lead: Dr Neyla Koteyko

Research themes:

  1. Construction of identity and affiliation in digital networked environments in relation to sensitive and stigmatised issues;
  2. The role of technological affordances in enabling and constraining practices of communication, and the implications this has for critique as well as the design of inclusive technology.


Digital linguistic ethnography (combining observation, analysis of online posts, and interviews), corpus linguistics, discourse analysis.


Koteyko, N. and Atanasova, D. (2018). Mental health advocacy on Twitter: positioning in Depression Awareness Week tweets. Discourse, Context & Media, 3, 52-59.

Koteyko, N. and Hunt, D. (2016). Performing health identities on social media: an online observation of Facebook profiles. Discourse, Context & Media, 12, 59-67.

Koteyko, N (2014). Critical studies of health and illness discourses. In C. Hart and P. Cap (eds). Contemporary Studies in CDA. London: Continuum. Pp.545-559.

Armstrong N, Koteyko N, Powell J. (2011). ‘Oh dear, should I really be saying that on here?’ Issues of identity and authority in an online diabetes community. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 16(4), 347- 365

2020-2022: Principal Investigator- ESRC standard grant 'Autistic adults online: enabling autistic sociality in digital networked environments'. Co-I Prof J Vines. Project partner – research charity Autistica


2013-2015: Principal Investigator – ESRC standard grant ‘Chronic illness and online networking: expectations, assumptions, and everyday realities’. Co-I: Prof B Gunter. In collaboration with research charity Diabetes UK.

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