Dr Dimitrinka Atanasova

Lecturer in Intercultural Communication

Research Overview

I draw on theories and methods from applied linguistics and media and communication studies. I research health(care) and science communication (particularly around obesity, mental health, climate change and sustainability) and news journalism. I am especially interested in (1) the communication of health and science topics in various media (e.g. through culturally-embedded frames, metaphors, news values) and (2) people’s communicative practices around health and science topics using various media (and how they may vary across cultures). I am increasingly interested in the growing influence of positive psychology in linguistics (e.g. in Critical Discourse Analysis), health and science communication (e.g. through the emphasis on wellness and recovery in mental health) and news journalism (e.g. moving away from a ‘disease model of the world’ through constructive reporting).

Mental health advocacy on Twitter: Positioning in Depression Awareness Week tweets
Koteyko, N., Atanasova, D. 10/05/2018 In: Discourse, Context and Media.
Journal article

Obesity frames and counter-frames in British and German online newspapers
Atanasova, D., Koteyko, N. 1/11/2017 In: Health. 21, 6, p. 650-669. 20 p.
Journal article

“Keep moving forward. LEFT RIGHT LEFT”: A critical metaphor analysis and addressivity analysis of personal and professional obesity blogs
Atanasova, D. 9/10/2017 In: Discourse, Context and Media.
Journal article

Macro weather and micro blogging: content analysis, media ecology and the sharing of climate change on Twitter
Veltri, G., Atanasova, D. 1/08/2017 In: Public Understanding of Science. 26, 6, p. 721-737. 17 p.
Journal article

Metaphors in Guardian Online and Mail Online opinion-page content on climate change: war, religion, and politics
Atanasova, D., Koteyko, N. 1/06/2017 In: Environmental Communication. 11, 4, p. 452-469. 18 p.
Journal article

Representations of mental health and arts participation in the national and local British press, 2007-2015
Atanasova, D., Koteyko, N., Brown, B., Crawford, P. 18/05/2017 In: Health.
Journal article

Metaphors in online editorials and op-eds about climate change, 2006 - 2013: a study of Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States
Atanasova, D., Koteyko, N. 14/03/2017 In: The role of language in the climate change debate. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Metaphor and the representation of scientific issues: climate change in online and print media
Koteyko, N., Atanasova, D. 2017 In: The Routledge Handbook of Metaphor and Language. London : Routledge p. 296-308. 13 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Discourse analysis approaches for assessing climate change communication and media representations
Koteyko, N., Atanasova, D. 12/2016 In: Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication. Oxford University Press
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

A report on the role of the media in the information flows that emerge during crisis situations
Reilly, P., Atanasova, D. 31/05/2016
Other contribution

A strategy for communication between key agencies and members of the public during crisis situations
Reilly, P., Atanasova, D. 4/05/2016
Other contribution

Politics, Protest, Emotion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Reilly, P., Veneti, A., Atanasova, D. 2016
Other contribution

Sentiment analysis: a market relevant and reliable measure of public feeling?
Gunter, B., Koteyko, N., Atanasova, D. 2014 In: International Journal of Market Research. 56, 2, p. 231-247. 17 p.
Journal article

Ways of seeing obesity: a visual content analysis of British and German online newspapers, 2009-2011
Atanasova, D., Gunter, B., Koteyko, N. 2013 In: The International Journal of Communication and Health. 8 p.
Journal article

Obesity in the news: directions for future research
Atanasova, D., Koteyko, N., Gunter, B. 06/2012 In: Obesity Reviews. 13, 6, p. 554-559. 6 p.
Journal article