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Project Team

Malcolm MacDonald 

Dr Malcolm MacDonald

Malcolm MacDonald is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL). His main research interests lie in institutional discourse, with a particular interest in security discourse and medical discourse; and intercultural communication, with a particular interest in intercultural ethics. Malcolm has published widely in journals such as Discourse and Society and Critical Inquiry in Language Studies. He is also editor of the SSCI listed journal Language and Intercultural Communication.


Dr Alexandra Homolar

Alexandra Homolar is Associate Professor of International Security in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS). She currently holds an ESRC Future Research Leaders fellowship (2013-16). Her research focuses on the political economy of security and security governance, and she has published in journals such as the European Journal of International Relations and the Journal of Strategic Studies, and the Review of International Political Economy.


Dr Lena Rethel

Lena Rethel is Associate Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies. Her current research is on global financial governance; the relationship between finance and development; and Islamic finance. Her book, The Problem with Banks (co-authored with Timothy J. Sinclair) was published by Zed Books in 2012. She has recently edited a special issue on ‘Global Governance in Crisis’ that was published in the journal Global Society.


Dr Stephanie Schnurr

Stephanie Schnurr is Associate Professor in the Centre for Applied Linguistics. Her main research interest is leadership discourse. She has published widely on various aspects of leadership discourse and other aspects of professional communication, including gender, identity, and culture. Her book, Leadership Discourse. Interactions of Humour, Gender and Workplace Culture was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2009.


Project Assistance

Nazia Hussein

Nazia Hussein (Sociology)

Nazia Hussein is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, and she currently investigates the performance of modernity and independence among middle class Bangladeshi women through a discourse analysis of television advertisements and women’s real life narratives.

Rachel Lewis 

Rachel Lewis (CAL)

Rachel is a third year PhD researcher in the Centre for Applied Linguistics, investigating the interface between government discourse and migrant narratives. Rachel is the administrative Research Assistant for the CLiGG project.


Georg Löfflmann (PAIS)

Georg is an early career research fellow at the Insititute of Advanced Studies at the University of Warwick. He assisted the CliGG project while he was a doctoral researcher in PAIS. In September 2014, he submitted his PhD thesis, titled: "The Fractured Consensus - How competing visions of grand strategy challenge the geoplitical identity of American leadership under the Obama presidency."


Dr Rachelle Vessey

Rachelle is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University. She assisted the CLiGG project while completing her PhD (Linguistics) at Queen Mary, University of London. Her thesis is entitled "Language ideologies and discourses of identity in Canadian newspapers: A cross-linguistic corpus-assisted discourse study"