25 June 2016
Professor McEnery is Distinguished Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University and Director of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS). His work at CASS has been focused on bringing linguistic analysis to bear on a number of interdisciplinary contexts, focussing on topics as diverse as climate change, Islamophobia, medical communication and poverty.

In February, Professor McEnery received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize at Buckingham Palace on behalf of CASS, for its work in ‘computer analysis of world languages in print, speech, and online’. 

Professor McEnery has worked with scholars from a broad range of subjects, including accountancy, criminology, international relations, religious studies and sociology.  He has also worked with an array of impact partners including British Telecom, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the Environment Agency, the Home Office, IBM and Research in Motion. Professor McEnery was also Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster, and before that Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

He will be joining ESRC as its Director of Research, on secondment from Lancaster University, in October 2016. 

Professor McEnery says: “I am really excited to be joining the ESRC at such an important time for research in the UK. The need for excellent social science research in the UK and beyond has never been stronger, and I view it as a privilege to be given the opportunity to work with the outstanding team at ESRC to help shape and direct social science research at this pivotal moment for our society.”

As the new Research Director, Professor McEnery will play a key role in ESRC’s corporate leadership, developing the strategy for ESRC, supporting and building internal capability and contributing to the closer integration of the Research Councils.

Professor Jane Elliott, ESRC Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Professor Tony McEnery to the ESRC. Tony brings a wealth of experience leading interdisciplinary programmes and he will make an important contribution to our work - delivering excellent social science research that has an impact.”