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Polina Mesinioti


I am a final year PhD Candidate and a Research Assistant at the Department of Applied Linguistics (AL), University of Warwick, UK. My current research focuses on intra- and inter-team interactions in healthcare emergency contexts. I have a background in Theoretical Linguistics and my research interests include Interactional Sociolinguistics, healthcare interaction and multimodality.

Research experience

PhD research

My PhD research explores leadership and teamwork processes in two healthcare emergency contexts, with a particular focus on the enactment of professional roles in the material space. I take an Interactional Sociolinguistics approach and zoom in on the ways the available multimodal resources are holistically exploited by team members and impact on doing leadership (or not). Some of my research outputs are included in the Publications below. Throughout the PhD journey, I am supervised and supported by Professor Jo Angouri.

Other research

I am currently working as a Research Assistant in a project entitled Teamwork in the Covid-19 Zone, led by Prof. Jo Angouri and Dr Chris Turner. The project draws on simulated trauma emergencies and explores the ways level 3 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has impacted communication and the compensation strategies healthcare teams use to share information with each other to achieve good clinical results. Preliminary findings on the successful strategies we identified so far have been disseminated via a short animation and a poster.

In 2017 I worked as a Research Assistant in a project looking at Gender and INequality in higher education (GaIN project, led by Dr Charoula Tzanakou & Professor Jo Angouri). The GaIN project involved review of institutional documents and interviews with academic staff members from various levels and disciplines and aimed at providing an understanding of the dominant discourses and ideologies that circulate in one HE setting. As part of my role in the GaIN project I recruited academic staff members and conducted interviews with them. I also contributed in the analysis and reporting of the data.

In 2013 I was involved in the Education of Immigrant and Repatriate Students project (Operational Program of Education and Lifelong Learning, NSRF 2007-2013) as a scientific collaborator in Action 1: Support of Reception Classes (Project Leader: Dr Despina Papadopoulou). My role involved the management, processing, and linguistic analysis of the research data. I also participated in conference presentations and contributed to the project deliverable 1.4.2 [in Greek].

Editorial experience

From 2018 to 2020 I was the Editorial Assistant for The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality, edited by Jo Angouri and Judith Baxter.

I have also reviewed papers/chapters anonymously for Journals (Sociology of Health and Illness; BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning), Research Series (De-gendering Gendered Occupations: Analysing Communicative Practices in the Workplace. Routledge Research Series Gender, Language and Sexuality (2020), edited by Joanne McDowell), Handbooks (The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Design, edited by Flick Uwe), and a book manuscript for Multilingual Matters.

Project officer experience

In 2018-2019 I was the project officer for the Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN). Key responsibilities of my role included:

  • Contributing to the day-to-day management of the Language, Translation and Migration Conference (University of Warwick, 24-26th May 2018);
  • Liaising with research clusters and the Monash/Warwick Postgraduate Representatives.
  • Co-organising MITN activities, such as talks, events and competitions.

In 2018 I worked as a project support officer for the PLOTINA Summer School on how to be a peer reviewer (University of Warwick, 10-14th September 2018). My key responsibilities were:

  • Contributing to the day-to-day management of the summer school;
  • Inviting plenary speakers and liaising with plenary speakers and participants;
  • Organising the submission process and creating and maintaining the conference webpage.

The published guide on how to be a peer reviewer is available here.

Educational background

MA in Theoretical Linguistics (with Distinction), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

My earlier research falls under the umbrella of the phonology-morphology interface. For my MA dissertation, I examined the morphophonological constraints governing blend formations in Greek using Optimality Theory. My MA dissertation is entitled Investigation of the morphophonological characteristics of blends in Greek [in Greek].

During my MA studies, I was also involved in research projects on the following topics: morphophonological characteristics of Greek clippings; phonetic and phonological properties of Greek glides.

BA in Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Amongst the modules I successfully completed were: Phonetics and Phonology; Morphology and Lexicology; Sociolinguistics; Transformational Syntax; Semantics; Pragmatics; Balkan Languages; Psycholinguistics.


  • Oct 2016-Jun 2022: Collaborative PhD Studentship
    • Funding Body: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), University of Warwicκ
  • Jan 2018: Overseas Institutional Visit Funding
    • To: School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, University of Wellington, New Zealand
    • Funding Body: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), University of Warwick


Mesinioti, P., Angouri, J. & Turner, C. (forthcoming). A language-first approach to health research; sociolinguistic ethnography in hospital settings. In Flick, U. (ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Design.
Angouri, J., Mesinioti, P., Banatwalla, R., & Dimitriadis, G. (forthcoming). Intersecting identities in health care research. In Flick, U. (ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Design.
Mesinioti, P., Angouri, J., O’Brien, S., Bristowe, K., & Siassakos, D. (2020). ‘Get me the airway there’: Negotiating leadership in obstetric emergencies. Discourse & Communication, 14(2), 150–174. 
Mesinioti, P., Pouliou, K. & Souganidis, C. (2017). Morphosyntactic errors of students learning Greek as an L2 in Reception Classes [in Greek]. In the Proceedings of the ICGL12 (vol. 2), pp. 741-757. Available at:

Selected conference presentations

Mesinioti, P., Angouri, J., Siassakos, D., O'Brien, S. & T. Draycott. Role embodiment in the obstetric theatre. Part of the panel: What's beyond language? Multimodal resources at work. Sociolinguistics Symposium 22, Auckland, New Zealand, 27-30 June 2018.

Mesinioti, P., Angouri, J., Siassakos, D., O'Brien, S. & T. Draycott. ‘Okay blood pressure now’: doing leadership and managing directives in obstetric emergencies. VALS-ASLA 2018: A Video Turn in Linguistics? Methodologie – Analisi – Applications, Basel, Switzerland, 6-8 June 2018.

Tzanakou, Ch., Angouri, J. & P. Mesinioti. Gender discourses and ideology in higher education-from institutional documents to the lived experience and back. SHRE (Society for Research in Higher Education) Conference, Newport, UK, 6-8 December 2017.

Mesinioti, P., Angouri, J., Siassakos, D. & T. Draycott. Doing teamwork in obstetric emergencies. iMean Conference 5, Bristol, UK, 6-8 April 2017.

Mesinioti, P. Morphophonological characteristics of blends in Greek. 37th Annual Meeting of the Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, 12-14 May 2016.

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