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Anthea joined the School of Communication in 2013 from Glasgow Caledonian University. She holds a first class honours degree in English Studies from the University of Stirling, a MA with distinction in Linguistics from Durham University, and a PhD from the University of Surrey Roehampton. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.Anthea has applied her main research interest of power and identity in discourse to a range of fields, publishing journal articles and book chapters on adolescent interaction; media constructions of young people, asylum seekers, poverty, minority languages, and political events; and gender and leadership in UK politics.  Her current research explores the post-conflict identities of adult learners of Irish in Northern Ireland. Anthea has reviewed for a range of publishers. She is a member of the organising committee for the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) Conference 2017 and was a joint recipient of the 2015 Belfast Ambassador of the Year award in that role.  Anthea teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the School, in the areas of Communication Studies, Language and Media Analysis, Writing for the Communication Industries, and Research Methods, and she acts as a PhD supervisor. She has held external examining posts at Goldsmith’s and Forth Valley College.Anthea is keen to make her research relevant to students and communities. She has made a range of contributions to student-facing books in the areas of Sociolinguistics and Language and Media, and she is a regular contributor to the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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    Tracing discourse, power, and identity in NHS complaints.

    Irwin, A. & Stapleton, K., 16 Jul 2017.

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  • Our friends across the water: Northern Ireland media coverage of the Scottish Independence Referendum

    Irwin, A., 2016, Scotland’s Referendum and the Media. Blain, N. & Hutchison, D. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 132-144

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    ‘“Why can’t a woman be more like a man?”: Margaret Thatcher and the Discourse of Leadership’. In Wilson, J. and Boxer, D. (eds.) Discourse Politics and Women as Global Leaders. John Benjamins. pp.21-41.

    Irwin, A., 2015, Discourse Politics and Women as Global Leaders.. Boxer, D. & Wilson, J. (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, p. 21-41

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    A New Dimension of Health Care: Systematic Review of the Uses,Benefits, and Limitations of Social Media for HealthCommunication

    Moorhead, A., Hazlett, D., Harrison, L., Carroll, J., Irwin, A. & Hoving, C., 23 Apr 2013, In : Journal of Medical Internet Research. 15, 4, p. e85

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