Dimitra Vladimirou


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    I am a linguist interested in exploring the connections between language, (digital) media and society.

    My first line of research looks at digital discourse as a site of affiliation as well as disaffiliation, online abuse and conflict. In my most recent journal article (Vladimirou and House, 2018) I explore the workings of impoliteness in social media contexts, particularly looking at how face attacks targeting well-known political figures are produced, displayed and circulated through a variety of semiotic resources and how they function as a source of entertainment and political critique.

    My work also lies at the intersection of digital discourse and language and the law, with a particular focus on cyber-hate, online abuse and misogyny. I am currently involved in a project looking at the role of public participation in the representation of gender, ethnicity and professional identity in the ‘Misogyny Hate Crime debate’ (with Louise Mullany, Nottingham University).

    My second line of research stems from my long-term interest in the field of academic writing and explores English as a lingua franca in academic and professional contexts. I am currently investigating the construction and production of knowledge in management and organization studies (with Maria Daskalaki, Roehampton Business School).

    I have previously published in the area of cross-linguistic and cross-disciplinary comparative studies of rhetorical practices in academic discourse. I have also participated as a researcher in the ESRC funded project 'Academic Writing in a Global Context’ (The Open University, UK) Other interdisciplinary collaborative projects that I am involved in are the Stories on the Move and the Feminism and Digital Activism project (Daskalaki and Vladimirou, in press).

    Before joining Coventry University I was a Lecturer in Linguistics at Goldsmiths, University of London and a Teaching Associate and Professional Communication consultant at Nottingham University.

    I have extensive teaching experience in the areas of sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and language and (digital) media, in the design and delivery of online courses (MA and CPD) and in undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision.


    BA (Hons) English (2001); MA Contemporary Literary Studies, Lancaster University (2002); PhD Linguistics, Lancaster University (2008)


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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