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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Professor Nelya Koteyko, MA, PhD


Room Number: 2.37, Francis Bancroft


Research interests: online health-related communication and interaction, digital identity, illness narratives, media representations of science and medicine

Ongoing and recent projects

2020-2022: Principal Investigator- ESRC standard grant 'Autistic adults online: enabling autistic sociality in digital networked environments'. Co-I Prof J Vines. Website:

We have collaborated with Futurum to produce an outreach publication for this project:

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.


BAAL Special Interest Group 'Health and Science Communication'

I am Convenor of 'Health& Science Communication' SIG of the British Association for Applied Linguistics




Google Scholar profile


  • Koteyko, N., Nerlich, B., Hellsten, I. eds. (2017). Climate Change Communication and the Internet: Challenges and Opportunities for Research. London: Routledge.
  • Koteyko, N. (2014). Language and Politics in Post Soviet Russia. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Harvey, K. and Koteyko, N.  (2012). Exploring Health Communication: Language in Action. London: Routledge.

Book chapters

  • Atanasova, D., Koteyko, N. (2020). Fighting obesity, sustaining stigma: How can critical metaphor analysis help uncover subtle stigma in media discourse on obesity. In Applying Linguistics in Illness and Healthcare Contexts. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 223-243.
  • Atanasova, D., Koteyko, N. (2017). Metaphors in online editorials and op-eds about climate change, 2006 - 2013: a study of Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. In: Flottum, K (Ed.) The role of language in the climate change debate. London : Routledge.
  • Koteyko, N. and D. Atanasova (2016).Discourse analysis approaches for assessing climate change communication and media representations. Oxford Research Encyclopedias.
  • Koteyko, N. and D. Atanasova. (in press/2017). Metaphor and the representation of scientific issues: climate change in online and print media. Routledge Hanbook of Metaphor and Language.
  • Koteyko, N. (2015). Corpus-assisted analysis of Internet-based discourses: From patterns to rhetoric. In J. Ridolfo and W. Hart-Davidson (eds). Rhetoric and Digital Humanities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • 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.

  • Koteyko, N. (2012). Mining the Internet for Linguistic and Social Data: An Analysis of ‘Carbon Compounds’ in Web Feeds. Reprinted in J. Hughes (ed.), SAGE Internet Research Methods. London: Sage.

  • Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2009). ‘MRSA - portrait of a superbug: A media drama in three acts’ in A. Musolff and J. Zinken (eds), Metaphor and Discourse. Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 153-173.

Journal special issues

Peer-reviewed journal articles


Koteyko, N., Van Driel, M, Vines, J, (in press). Autistic sociality on Twitter: Enacted affordances and affiliation strategies. Discourse & Communication


 Atanasova, D., Koteyko, N., Brown, B., Crawford, P. (2019). Mental Health and the Media: From Illness to Wellbeing. Sociology Compass.


  • Pounds, G. Hunt D., Koteyko, N. (2018). Expression of empathy in a Facebook-based diabetes support group, Discourse, Context & Media, 25, 34-43.
  • Koteyko, N. and Atanasova, D. (2018). Mental health advocacy on Twitter: positioning in Depression Awareness Week tweets. Discourse, Context & Media




  • Hunt, D. and Koteyko, N. (2015). ‘"What was your blood sugar reading this morning?": Representing diabetes self-management on Facebook’. Discourse and Society, 26(3).



  • Fløttum, K, Gjerstad, Q, Müller Gjesdal, A, Koteyko, N,  Salway A. (2014) Representations of the future in English language blogs on climate change. Global Environmental Change, 29: 213–222.

  • Touri, M. and Koteyko, N. (2014). Using corpus linguistic software in the extraction of news frames: towards a dynamic process of frame analysis in journalistic texts. International Journal of Research Methodology.

  • Gunter, B., Koteyko, N., & Atanasova, D. (2014). Sentiment analysis: A market-relevant and reliable measure of public feeling? International Journal of Market Research, 56(2), 231-247.


  • Koteyko, N., Jaspal, R. and Nerlich. B (2013).Climate change and ‘climategate’ in online reader comments: A mixed methods study. The Geographical Journal, 179 (1): 74–86.
  • Atanasova, D., Gunter, B., & Koteyko, N. (2013). Ways of seeing obesity: A visual content analysis of British and German online newspapers, 2009-2011, The International Journal of Communication and Health, 1, 1-8.


  • Jaspal, R., Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2012). Contesting science by appealing to its norms: Readers discuss climate science in The Daily Mail. Science Communication, 35(3): 383–410.

  • Atanasova, D. , Koteyko, N. and B. Gunter (2012). Obesity in the news: Directions for future research. Obesity Reviews, 13: 554–559.

  • Koteyko, N. (2012).Managing carbon emissions: A discursive presentation of 'market-driven sustainability' in the British media. Language and Communication. 32: 24–35.
  • Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2012). Crying wolf?: Biosecurity and metacommunication in the context of the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Health & Place. 18(4), 710-717.


  • 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.
  • Nerlich, B., Evans, V. and Koteyko, N. (2011).  ‘Low carbon diet’: Reducing the complexities of climate change to human scale. Language and Cognition, 3–1, 45–82. link


  • Koteyko, N. (2010). Mining the Internet for linguistic and social data: An analysis of ‘carbon compounds’ in web feeds. Discourse & Society, 21 (6):655-674.
  • Koteyko, N. (2010). Balancing the good, the bad and the better: A discursive perspective on healthy eating and probiotics. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. 14(6): 585–602.
  • Koteyko, N., Thelwall, M. and Nerlich, B. (2010). From Carbon Markets to Carbon Morality: Creative Compounds as Framing Devices in Online Discourses on Climate Change Mitigation. Science Communication, 32(1): 25–54. A brief summary can be found in Science for Environment Policy.
  • Crawford, P., Brown, B., Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2010). Nutritional altruism and functional food: lay discourses on probiotics. Sociology of Health & Illness, 32(5), 745-60.
  • Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2010). Carbon gold rush and carbon cowboys: A new chapter in green mythology? Environmental Communication, 4: 1, 37- 53.
  • Nerlich, B. Koteyko, N. and B. Brown (2010). Theory and language of climate change communication. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change: Perception, Behaviour and Communication of Climate Change, edited by L. Whitmarsh and M. Hulme. Vol 1, January/February, pp. 1-14.


  • Koteyko, N. (2009). ‘I am a very happy, lucky lady, and I am full of Vitality!’ Online promotional strategies of probiotic yoghurt producers. Critical Discourse Studies, 6:2, 111-125.
  • Koteyko, N. and L. Ryazanova-Clarke (2009). The path and building metaphors in the speeches of Vladimir Putin: Back to the future? Slavonica, 15 (2), 112–127.
  • Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2009). Carbon reduction activism in the UK: Lexical creativity and lexical framing in the context of climate change. Environmental Communication, 3 (2): 206 - 223.
  • Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2009). Compounds, creativity and complexity in climate change communication: The case of ‘carbon indulgences’. Global Environmental Change, 19: 345-353.
  • Currie, G., Koteyko, N. and Nerlich, B., (2009). The dynamics of professions and development of new roles in public services organizations. The case of modern matrons in the English NHS. Public Administration, 87(2), 295-311.
  • Brown, B. Nerlich, B, Crawford, P., Koteyko, N, and R. Carter. (2009). Hygiene and biosecurity: The language and politics of risk in an era of emerging infectious diseases. Sociology Compass, 2, (6): 1–13.


  • Koteyko, N., Brown, B. and P. Crawford. (2008). ‘The dead parrot and the dying swan: The role of metaphor scenarios in UK press coverage of avian flu in the UK in 2005-2006’, Metaphor and Symbol, 23(4), 242–261.
  • Koteyko, N., Nerlich, B., Crawford, P. and N. Wright (2008) “'Not rocket science’ or ‘no silver bullet’? Media and government discourses about MRSA and cleanliness”. Applied Linguistics, 29, 223-243.
  • Koteyko, N. and R. Carter. (2008). Discourse of ‘transformational leadership’ in infection control, Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 12(4), 479-99.
  • Koteyko, N. and Nerlich, B. (2008). Modern matrons and infection control practices: aspirations and realities. British Journal of Infection Control, 9(2), 18-22.
  • Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2008). Balancing Food Risks and Food Benefits: The Coverage of Probiotics in the UK National Press. Sociological Research Online, 13(3).
  • Brown, B., Crawford, P., Nerlich, B., and Koteyko, N. (2008). The habitus of hygiene: Discourses of cleanliness and infection control in nursing work. Social Science and Medicine, 67(7), 1047-1055.
  • Crawford, P., Brown, B. Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2008). The 'moral careers' of microbes and the rise of the matrons: An analysis of UK national press coverage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Health, Risk and Society, (17): 331-347.


  • Koteyko, N. and Nerlich, B (2007). Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Probiotic Web Advertising. The International Journal of Language, Society and Culture, 23, 20-31.
  • Koteyko, N. (2007). A diachronic approach to meaning in corpus linguistics: the use of English loanwords in Russian opposition discourse. Corpora, 3: 65-95.
  • Koteyko, N. (2006). Corpus linguistics and the study of meaning in discourse. The Linguistics Journal, 1(2): 132-157.


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