Hello! I am a researcher of conversation and social interaction, currently working as a University Teacher at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.
For other academics:
I recently (2016) completed my PhD in the Department of Social Sciences, supervised by Prof. Elizabeth Stokoe. In my PhD, I use conversation analysis to examine institutional interactions at the constituency office of UK Members of Parliament. I am applying my PhD findings to create a communication training program for MPs and their staff. I also recently (2017) completed a short term post-doc at Loughborough investigating the communication practices of Health and Safety officers. I am currently working on the publications related to these studies, as well as an impact communication training workshop for Health and Safety departments. I am also developing a corpus of board game interactions, to examine the context of play and fairness.
The jargon free version:
I study how humans interact with each other, in everyday settings, and in more formal settings. My PhD looked at how we communicate with our local MPs at their constituency offices (also called ‘MP surgeries’ in the UK). I examined how we explain our problems, and how the MP responds to those problems. I apply my research in communication training programmes, such as for the staff at constituency offices, and also currently for Health and Safety officers at universities. I am doing this with the Conversation Analytic Role-play Method (check out the CARM website here). The way that we communicate affects every aspect of our daily lives, and I want to understand as much as possible about how our language and interaction affects (and creates!) the world we live in.