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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Professor Nelya Koteyko, MA, PhD


Professor of Language and Communication

Room Number: 2.37, Francis Bancroft


Research interests:  digital identity, anthropology of autism and autistic sociality, linguistic ethnography,  illness narratives, media representations of science and medicine


2023 – 2029: PI Wellcome Trust Discovery Award “Autism in affinity spaces: Interest-driven social media practices during the transition to adulthood’

2020-2023: Principal Investigator- ESRC standard grant 'Autistic adults online: enabling autistic sociality in digital networked environments'. Co-I Prof J Vines. Website:

2013 –2018:  Work Package Leader - AHRC funded program ‘Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery: Connecting Communities for Mental Health and Wellbeing’. PI: Prof. P Crawford.

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

2013-2015: Visiting Researcher/collaborator on LINGCLIM Project. ‘Linguistic representations of climate change discourse and their individual and collective interpretations’ funded by SAMKUL-programme, Research Council of Norway. PI: Prof K. Flottum.

2011-14: Co-Investigator on the research project 'From Greenhouse Effect to Climategate: A systematic study of climate change as a complex social issue' funded by the ESRC and NWO ORA fund.

2008-2010: Co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded project "Carbon compounds': Lexical creativity and discourse formations in the context of climate change'. PI: Prof B Nerlich.







Current PhD Students

2022  Angeliki Lampropoulou (QM HSS scholarship) ‘Framing diabetes management and prevention in  public discourse: A critical metaphor analysis’

2022 Yahui Wang (self funded, primary supervisor) ‘Covid-19 mitigation in British national newspapers: a corpus-assisted approach’

2021 Xuechun Xiang (China scholarship, secondary supervisor) ‘Loneliness in Life Stories of Older Migrants in the UK: A Linguistic Ethnography’

Completed projects:

2018-2023 Antoaneta Dimova (QM Life Sciences Institute Scholarship, primary supervisor) ‘Mental health advocacy on social media: A Multimodal Discourse Analysis’

2018-2023 Reem Alhendi (Saudi Arabia scholarship, primary supervisor) –‘Saudi female bilingual EFL teachers’ code-switching: from beliefs to community of practice’

2016-2020 Tom Rausch (QM Principal Scholarship, primary supervisor)- ‘The Discursive Construction of Risk in a Pan-African Health Consortium: A Linguistic Ethnographic Study’   

2010 – 2014  Dimitrinka Atanasova (University of Leicester Scholarship, joint supervision)- ‘Media representations of obesity in UK and German newspapers’

Public Engagement

A collaboration with Futurum to produce an education resource


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