Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language

CREL Members

Visiting Professor, Steering Group, Advisory Board, Members, Partners and Affiliates

CREL Visiting Professor 2020-2023

Professor Michael Putnam, Centre of Language Science, Pennsylvania State University  

Michael is an Associate Professor of German and Linguistics at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include studying how the general architecture of cognition intersects with grammatical knowledge and performance biases.

Steering Group

Experts who advise on the the day-to-day decisions of the centre.

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

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

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

Luigi Palumbo - Double degree PhD student (Greenwich-Groningen)

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.

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

Advisory Board

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

  • Professor María J. Arche, CREL Director
  • Dr Filippo Beghelli, Senior Principal Engineer at ORACLE
  • Mr John Camp, Trust Leader, The Compass Partnership of Schools
  • 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
  • Professor 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

Members & Research Interests

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

Professor 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 Anuenue Baker-Kukona – adult psycholinguistics, cognitive mechanisms that support language comprehension and learning, prediction.

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

Dr 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.

Dharinee Hansjee - development of guidance on eating and drinking with acknowledged risks, dysphagia.

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 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 Rosemary Lobban – critical social psychology, prejudice and discrimination, conversation analysis/Membership Categorization Analysis.

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

Dr Agata Ludwiczak

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

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

Jo Kenrick - applied cognitive/forensic psychology, deception, expertise.

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.

Professor 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 Ella Simpson -  narrative, cultural and convict criminology, theory and practice of creative arts interventions in criminal justice settings

Val Tadić - developmental psychology and health services research, Childhood onset visual impairment: epidemiology, and psychosocial and functional outcomes.

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.

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.

Dr Alessandra Valentini - language development, reading, bilingualism, cognitive development.

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.


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.

Dr Tanja Angelovska, University of Salzburg
Dr Heriberto Avelino, Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History
Dr Paul Booth, Kingston University London
Professor Teresa Cadierno, University of Southern Denmark
Professor Kenan DikilitaŞ, Bahçeşehir University
Professor Stephen Doherty, University of New South Wales
Dr Laura Domínguez, University of Southampton
Professor Nick Ellis, Michigan State University
Dr Eva Eppler, University of Roehampton
Professor Antonio Fábregas, University of Tromsoe
Professor M. Pilar García Mayo, University of the Basque Country
Dr Gisela Grañena, Open University of Catalonia
Dr Judith Hanks, University of Leeds
Dr Hannah Hobson, University of York
Professor Amália Llombart-Huesca, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Sylvia Karastathi, New York College Greece
Dr Ines Kayon de Miller, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Ms Foteini Malkogeorgou, New York College
Dr Rafael Marín, CNRS-University of Lille 3
Professor Emma Marsden, University of York
Dr Martin Lundsteen, Pompeu Fabra University
Professor Florence Myles, University of Essex
Professor Gabriele Pallotti, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Dr Luciana Pedrazzini, University of Milan
Dr Fernanda Pratas, New University of Lisbon
Dr Michael Putnam, Penn State University
Professor Rebekah Rast, The American University of Paris
Professor Jason Rothman, University of Tromsoe
Professor Ludovica Serratrice, University of Reading
Dr Michelle Sheehan, Anglia Ruskin University
Dr Evi Sifaki, University of Roehampton
Professor Roumyana Slabakova, University of Southampton
Dr Assia Slimani-Rolls, Regent's University London
Dr Maria Staudte, Saarland University
Dr Parvaneh Tavakoli, University of Reading
Dr Janine Caroline Treffers-Daller, University of Reading
Dr Graeme Trousdale, University of Edinburgh
Professor Michael Ullman, Georgetown University
Dr Angeliek van Hout, University of Groningen
Dr Justin White, Florida Atlantic University
Dr Laurence White, Newcastle University
Dr Clare Wright, University of Leeds