Members Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language (CREL)

CREL members are involved in research and scholarly activities concerning any aspect of language, its acquisition, teaching and its interface with other fields such as psychology, computing and speech therapy.

Steering Group & Research Interests

Dr María J. Arche CREL Director - Linguistic theory, syntax, semantics; acquisition and development of tense, aspect and copulas.

Dr Gordon Ade-Ojo - Adult literacy and ESOL learning, social dimension to literacy development through the framework of literacy for specific purposes.

Dr Justine Baillie - Critical theory, diasporic, postcolonial and transnational literature's, American and African-American writing, urban studies, women's writing. 

Ms Anna Costantino - Inclusive practitioner research, philosophy of education, critical pedagogies and critical theories, development of language materials, and language testing, Italian for specific purposes, research methods.

Dr Louise Ann Cotton - Children and adults with specific learning difficulties, literacy and pragmatic disorders, poor literacy as a pre cursor to young offending and deviant behaviours.

Dr Josh P Davis - Individual differences in voice and face recognition ability, drivers of 'super' identity recognition abilities, forensic and policing impact of research.

Mr Simon Dye - Endangered Languages, English as a Lingua Franca, English for Academic Purposes.

Dr Poppy Gibson - Identity and community, ethnomethodological practices such as Conversation Analysis. 

Dr Hannah Hobson - Developmental language disorder and autism spectrum disorder; relationships between language problems and emotional abilities and mental well-being.

Professor Andrew King – Historical written language and politics, transnational circulation of written and visual narrative, para- and peri-textual communication. 

Dr Maria Korolkova – Cultural theory, film and new media, history and theory of Russian and Soviet cinema

Dr Cecile Laval - Second language learning and teaching, processing instruction. 

Dr Sarah Liszka - Second language acquisition, syntactic and semantic development, pragmatics.

Dr Sophie Mackenzie - Spirituality in healthcare, specifically with stroke survivors with aphasia, and qualitative research methods. 

Ms Marian McCormick - Speech therapy, syntax, language pathologies. 

Dr Roger McDonald - Language in Primary Education, Vice President UKLA. 

Dr Louise Owusu-Kwarteng - Race and educational attainment, West African backgrounds, sociological autobiography, ethnicity and identity formation.

Dr Corinne Palmer-Brown - English language teaching, innovative teaching methods for international students.

Dr Ana Paula Palacios - Bayesian statistics, networks, stochastic modelling, Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms.

Dr Elena Papadaki - Exhibiting screen-based media, curatorial theory and practice, transmedia art, contemporary practices of the moving image, cultural theory​. 

Dr Sandhiran Patchay - Cognitive psychology, behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, memory strategies, ageing.

Dr Zoë Pettit - Audio-visual translation, interlingual subtitling and dubbing, multi-modality, verbal and non-verbal communication, translation studies.

Dr Georgios Samakovitis - Strategic IT, systems planning and management.

Dr Neil Saunders - Mathematical sciences, geometry theory.

Ms Leona Talsma - Speech and Language Therapist and Dyslexia Practitioner, speech, language and literacy disorders in children.

Dr Trevor Thompson - Neural basis for language deficits, EEG methodology, statistics.

Dr Stella Tsermentseli - Developmental psychopathology, autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia and intellectual disability.

Mr Bob Tsukada Bright - Classroom discourse, interaction between teachers and second language learners in classroom settings.

Dr Elena Vacchelli - Migration, diversity and social inequality; gender and space. 

Ms Nancy Wong - CREL Administrator

Advisory Board 

Individuals from institutions and industry that can contribute insightful guidance about the vision and activities of the centre.

- Dr María J. Arche, CREL Director
- Dr Filippo Beghelli, Senior Principal Engineer at ORACLE
- Mr John Camp, Trust Leader, The Compass Partnership of Schools
- Professor Marc Cavazza, Head of Mathematical Sciences & Computing, University of Greenwich
- Mr Stewart Dearsley, Director of Improvement for Modern Foreign Languages, Leigh Academies Trust
- Professor Richard Hudson, Emeritus Professor from UCL, Fellow of the British Academy, Chair of CLiE - Committee for Linguistics in Education, LAGB & BAAL
- Professor Victoria Joffe - Chair of the National Clinical Excellence Network for speech, language and       communication needs

- Dr Stephen Kennedy, Head of School of Design, University of Greenwich
- Professor Derek Moore, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Education and Health, University of Greenwich
- Ms Jayne Morgan, Director of Quality, Standards and Assurance, London South East Colleges
- Dr Zoe Pettit, Head of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Greenwich
- Mr Ignacio Peyró, Director of the Cervantes Institute in London
- Professor Michael Sharwood-Smith, European Second Language Association Distinguished Scholar
- Professor Mark O'Thomas, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Greenwich
- Mr Andrew Wardell, Commissioning Editor for Linguistics, Bloomsbury
- CREL member representatives

Current named partners

-Secondary School International Academy of Greenwich
-Thomas Tallis Secondary School
-Language Analysis in Schools: Education & Research (LASER;
-Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR, University of Southampton)

Affiliate members

Affiliated individuals from other institutions with an interest in interdisciplinary language research, outreach, impact and enterprise. 

PhD students

-Siyu Chen
-Maria Esther Mediero Duran
-Joanna Holt
-Dan Liu
-Harriet Lowe
-Luigi Palumbo

Contact Us

If you are interested in collaborating with us, or require further information about the centre contact:

Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language (CREL)
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
King William 020
Old Royal Naval College
Park Row, Greenwich
London SE10 9LS


Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language (CREL) is part of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Greenwich.