Dr Gavin Brookes


Research Overview

I am a Reader in Linguistics and UKRI Future Leader Fellow with an interest in corpus linguistics, discourse analysis and health communication.

My current project, 'Public Discourses of Dementia: Challenging Stigma and Promoting Personhood' (funded £1 million by UKRI), examines linguistic and visual representations of dementia across a range of public contexts.

In 2023, I was awarded a Fulbright All Disciplines Award. As a result of this, in 2024 I will be based in Northern Arizona University, where I will carry out research on representations of dementia in US media.

I am Associate Editor of the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics (John Benjamins).

I am Co-Editor of the Corpus and Discourse book series (Bloomsbury, with Michaela Mahlberg).

I am Co-Editor of the Cambridge Elements series, Critical Discourse Studies(Cambridge University Press, with Veronika Koller).

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

I am a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Grant Assessment Panel.

I am a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Advisory Board.

I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.

I am a member of the Expert Review College for Research Foundation - Flanders.

I am a member of the Executive Committee of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL).

I am the Convenor of BAAL's Corpus Linguistics Special Interest Group.

I am a member of the Executive Committee of the International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME).

I serve on the Editorial Boards of the following journals: Applied Corpus Linguistics, Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Journal of Corpus Approaches to Chinese Social Science, Languages, Texts and Society, Research in Corpus Linguistics, Qualitative Health Communication, Social Semiotics.