Dr Jane Mulderrig
BA (York); MSc (Edinburgh); PhD (Lancaster)
Room 3.26, Jessop West
Internal extension: 28497
I’m a lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Director of the MA in Applied Linguistics.
I joined the department in 2010 after holding postdoctoral positions at the Universities of Lancaster (ESRC postdoctoral fellowship) and Edinburgh.
My main research interest is in using critical discourse analysis to investigate questions of identity, power, and representation in public life. My doctoral research used this approach to investigate the historic neoliberalisation of UK education policy.
My doctoral research developed a method of combining (Faircloughian) critical discourse analysis with corpus linguistic tools in the analysis of education policy. I drew also on regulation school state theory in order to critically examine the evolving relationship between policy agendas and wider developments in the UK economy, politics and society. I am particularly interested in the way policy discourse is used to construct and legitimate neoliberal identities, roles and power relations between citizen and state. Key themes explored in my recent publications are the historic emergence of an ‘enabler’ model of governance and the use of ‘personalisation’ as a legitimation strategy in policy.
More generally I am interested in the strategic role of (national) policy discourse in recontextualising, disseminating and legitimating dominant political imaginaries in advanced liberal economies. My current research applies and elaborates this approach to critically explore the use of ‘nudge’ tactics in contemporary public policy, looking in particular at health policy and the ‘Change4Life’ campaign. Alongside this work I am also investigating the social construction of ageing in the UK. Focussing on policy and public discourse, this work aims to contribute a critical discourse perspective to academic debates on societal and political responses to population ageing. Most recently I have been looking at UK media representation of the refugee crisis.
I convene the Sheffield Critical Discourse Studies Research group bringing together scholars in CDA from across the region ('SCADS'). Details of our activities can be found here www.scads.group.shef.ac.uk
I teach the following:
At undergraduate level I teach Discourse Analysis and Corpus Linguistics. On the MA in Applied Linguistics I teach English Grammar and Discourse, Discourse and Genre Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, and Research Methods.
I currently supervise in the area of cultural gerontology and critical discourse analysis. My students include:
Emma LeVine: Corpus-based critical discourse analysis of the political texts of the UK Independence Party, 1993-2015.
Rosa Escanes Sierra: The discourse of the financial crisis: the cases of Spain and the UK, 2008-2011
Bridie Moore: The Performance of Age and Ageing in Contemporary British Theatre
I would be interested in supervising doctoral research in the area of (corpus-based) critical discourse analysis, especially in relation to politics, education or ageing.
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