Steering Group, Advisory Board, Partners

Steering Group & Research Interests

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.

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. 

Dr Peter Collins - Semantics, pragmatics, psychology of judgement and decision making, communication in clinical and forensic settings.

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 Emily Critchley - Contemporary experimental writing, modern and contemporary poetry in north America and the UK, critical theory / philosophy, especially phenomenology, feminisms, women's writing, eco writing.

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. 

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

Dr Erika Kalocsanyiova - Linguistic integration of adult migrants, linguistic repertoires and multilingual creativity, multiple language acquisition and multilingual pedagogies, and linguistic ethnography as an interdisciplinary field.

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.

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 Anna Samara - Learning processes involved in typical spelling development, developmental dyslexia, artificial language learning in the lab. 

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

Dr Neil Saunders - Mathematical sciences, geometry theory.

Dr Katarina Stenke - British eighteenth-century literature, with a focus on poetry and nonfiction prose; eighteenth-century women's poetry, especially devotional verse; history of literary theory, including genre theory and theories of the sublime; eighteenth-century Orientalism.

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 Jana Uher - semiotic representations, language, communication, behaviour, transdisciplinary research, ontology, epistemology, metatheory, methodology, methods, measurement. 

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

Dr Yang Ye - Social cognition, attitudes, stereotype, stigma and bias. He is currently working with linguists from Queen Mary University of London on an ESRC funded project about accent bias in the UK.

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 the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, 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
  • Professor Stephen Kennedy, Head of the School of Design, University of Greenwich
  • Professor Derek Moore, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Education & Health, University of Greenwich
  • Ms Jayne Morgan, Director of Quality, Standards and Assurance, London South East Colleges
  • Dr Zoe Pettit, Head of the School of Humanities & 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 the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Greenwich
  • Mr Andrew Wardell, Commissioning Editor for Linguistics, Bloomsbury


The Institute for Lifecourse Development
Instituto Cervantes of London
Shadow Heroes 
Thomas Tallis School 
Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR, in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton 
Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation  
Language Analysis in Schools: Education & Research (LASER) 
Secondary School International Academy of Greenwich  

Affiliate members

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

Current PGR students

  • Siyu Chen
  • Maria Esther Mediero Duran
  • Dan Liu
  • Luigi Palumbo
  • Joanna Holt
  • Laura Bonella

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