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Nelya Koteyko, PhD (Birmingham)


PhD Program Director

Room Number: 2.36, Francis Bancroft


I received a PhD in Applied Linguistics/English from the University of Birmingham and spent several years working on research projects focused on: political discourse in Russia; media representations and public perceptions of emerging infectious diseases, probiotics, and, most recently, climate change (at the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham). I have held fellowships and joint grants from the ESRC, The AHRC, German Academic Exchange Service, the Swedish Institute, the Centre for International Mobility in Finland, the Open Society Institute and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to my appointment at QMUL I was a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester.



Ongoing and recent projects/grants:

2013-2015: Principal Investigator – ESRC standard grant ‘Chronic illness and online networking: expectations, assumptions, and everyday realities’. Co-I: Prof B Gunter.

2013-2015: Visiting Researcher/collaborator on LINGCLIM Project. ‘Linguistic representations of climate change discourse and their individual and collective interpretations’ funded by SAMKUL-programme, Research Council of Norway. PI: Prof K. Flottum.

2013 –2018:  Work Package Leader - AHRC funded program ‘Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery: Connecting Communities for Mental Health and Wellbeing’. PI: Prof. P Crawford.

2011-14: Co-Investigator on the research project 'From Greenhouse Effect to Climategate: A systematic study of climate change as a complex social issue' funded by the ESRC and NWO ORA fund.

2008-2010: Co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded project "Carbon compounds': Lexical creativity and discourse formations in the context of climate change'. PI: Prof B Nerlich.


BAAL Special Interest Group 'Health and Science Communication'

I am Convenor of 'Health& Science Communication' SIG of the British Association for Applied Linguistics



  • Koteyko, N., Nerlich, B., Hellsten, I. eds. (2016). Climate Change Communication and the Internet: Challenges and Opportunities for Research. London: Routledge.
  • Koteyko, N. (2014). Language and Politics in Post Soviet Russia.Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Harvey, K. and Koteyko, N.  (2012). Exploring Health Communication: Language in Action. London: Routledge.

Book reviews

  • Koteyko, N. (2009). Review of 'Applied Linguistics as Social Science' by A. Sealey and B. Carter. Language Awareness, 18(2), 220-222.

Book chapters

  • Koteyko, N. and D. Atanasova (in press/2016).Discourse analysis approaches for assessing climate change communication and media representations. Oxford Research Encyclopedias.
  • Koteyko, N. and D. Atanasova. (in press/2017). Metaphor and the representation of scientific issues: climate change in online and print media. Routledge Hanbook of Metaphor and Language.
  • Koteyko, N. (2015). Corpus-assisted analysis of Internet-based discourses: From patterns to rhetoric. In J. Ridolfo and W. Hart-Davidson (eds). Rhetoric and Digital Humanities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Koteyko, N (2014). Critical studies of health and illness discourses. In C. Hart and P. Cap (eds). Contemporary Studies in CDA. London: Continuum. Pp.545-559.

  • Koteyko, N. (2012). Mining the Internet for Linguistic and Social Data: An Analysis of ‘Carbon Compounds’ in Web Feeds. Reprinted in J. Hughes (ed.), SAGE Internet Research Methods. London: Sage.

  • Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2009). ‘MRSA - portrait of a superbug: A media drama in three acts’ in A. Musolff and J. Zinken (eds), Metaphor and Discourse. Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 153-173.

Journal special issues

Peer-reviewed journal articles



  • Hunt, D. and Koteyko, N. (2015). ‘"What was your blood sugar reading this morning?": Representing diabetes self-management on Facebook’. Discourse and Society, 26(3).



  • Fløttum, K, Gjerstad, Q, Müller Gjesdal, A, Koteyko, N,  Salway A. (2014) Representations of the future in English language blogs on climate change. Global Environmental Change, 29: 213–222.

  • Touri, M. and Koteyko, N. (2014). Using corpus linguistic software in the extraction of news frames: towards a dynamic process of frame analysis in journalistic texts. International Journal of Research Methodology.

  • Gunter, B., Koteyko, N., & Atanasova, D. (2014). Sentiment analysis: A market-relevant and reliable measure of public feeling? International Journal of Market Research, 56(2), 231-247.


  • Koteyko, N., Jaspal, R. and Nerlich. B (2013).Climate change and ‘climategate’ in online reader comments: A mixed methods study. The Geographical Journal, 179 (1): 74–86.
  • Atanasova, D., Gunter, B., & Koteyko, N. (2013). Ways of seeing obesity: A visual content analysis of British and German online newspapers, 2009-2011, The International Journal of Communication and Health, 1, 1-8.


  • Jaspal, R., Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2012). Contesting science by appealing to its norms: Readers discuss climate science in The Daily Mail. Science Communication, 35(3): 383–410.

  • Atanasova, D. , Koteyko, N. and B. Gunter (2012). Obesity in the news: Directions for future research. Obesity Reviews, 13: 554–559.

  • Koteyko, N. (2012).Managing carbon emissions: A discursive presentation of 'market-driven sustainability' in the British media. Language and Communication. 32: 24–35.
  • Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2012). Crying wolf?: Biosecurity and metacommunication in the context of the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Health & Place. 18(4), 710-717.


  • Armstrong N, Koteyko  N, Powell J. (2011). ‘Oh dear, should I really be saying that on here?’ Issues of identity and authority in an online diabetes community. Health : An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 16(4), 347- 365.
  • Nerlich, B., Evans, V. and Koteyko, N. (2011).  ‘Low carbon diet’: Reducing the complexities of climate change to human scale. Language and Cognition, 3–1, 45–82. link


  • Koteyko, N. (2010). Mining the Internet for linguistic and social data: An analysis of ‘carbon compounds’ in web feeds. Discourse & Society, 21 (6):655-674.
  • Koteyko, N. (2010). Balancing the good, the bad and the better: A discursive perspective on healthy eating and probiotics. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. 14(6): 585–602.
  • Koteyko, N., Thelwall, M. and Nerlich, B. (2010). From Carbon Markets to Carbon Morality: Creative Compounds as Framing Devices in Online Discourses on Climate Change Mitigation. Science Communication, 32(1): 25–54. A brief summary can be found in Science for Environment Policy.
  • Crawford, P., Brown, B., Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2010). Nutritional altruism and functional food: lay discourses on probiotics. Sociology of Health & Illness, 32(5), 745-60.
  • Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2010). Carbon gold rush and carbon cowboys: A new chapter in green mythology? Environmental Communication, 4: 1, 37- 53.
  • Nerlich, B. Koteyko, N. and B. Brown (2010). Theory and language of climate change communication. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change: Perception, Behaviour and Communication of Climate Change, edited by L. Whitmarsh and M. Hulme. Vol 1, January/February, pp. 1-14.


  • Koteyko, N. (2009). ‘I am a very happy, lucky lady, and I am full of Vitality!’ Online promotional strategies of probiotic yoghurt producers. Critical Discourse Studies, 6:2, 111-125.
  • Koteyko, N. and L. Ryazanova-Clarke (2009). The path and building metaphors in the speeches of Vladimir Putin: Back to the future? Slavonica, 15 (2), 112–127.
  • Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2009). Carbon reduction activism in the UK: Lexical creativity and lexical framing in the context of climate change. Environmental Communication, 3 (2): 206 - 223.
  • Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2009). Compounds, creativity and complexity in climate change communication: The case of ‘carbon indulgences’. Global Environmental Change, 19: 345-353.
  • Currie, G., Koteyko, N. and Nerlich, B., (2009). The dynamics of professions and development of new roles in public services organizations. The case of modern matrons in the English NHS. Public Administration, 87(2), 295-311.
  • Brown, B. Nerlich, B, Crawford, P., Koteyko, N, and R. Carter. (2009). Hygiene and biosecurity: The language and politics of risk in an era of emerging infectious diseases. Sociology Compass, 2, (6): 1–13.


  • Koteyko, N., Brown, B. and P. Crawford. (2008). ‘The dead parrot and the dying swan: The role of metaphor scenarios in UK press coverage of avian flu in the UK in 2005-2006’, Metaphor and Symbol, 23(4), 242–261.
  • Koteyko, N., Nerlich, B., Crawford, P. and N. Wright (2008) “'Not rocket science’ or ‘no silver bullet’? Media and government discourses about MRSA and cleanliness”. Applied Linguistics, 29, 223-243.
  • Koteyko, N. and R. Carter. (2008). Discourse of ‘transformational leadership’ in infection control, Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 12(4), 479-99.
  • Koteyko, N. and Nerlich, B. (2008). Modern matrons and infection control practices: aspirations and realities. British Journal of Infection Control, 9(2), 18-22.
  • Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2008). Balancing Food Risks and Food Benefits: The Coverage of Probiotics in the UK National Press. Sociological Research Online, 13(3).
  • Brown, B., Crawford, P., Nerlich, B., and Koteyko, N. (2008). The habitus of hygiene: Discourses of cleanliness and infection control in nursing work. Social Science and Medicine, 67(7), 1047-1055.
  • Crawford, P., Brown, B. Nerlich, B. and Koteyko, N. (2008). The 'moral careers' of microbes and the rise of the matrons: An analysis of UK national press coverage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Health, Risk and Society, (17): 331-347.


  • Koteyko, N. and Nerlich, B (2007). Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Probiotic Web Advertising. The International Journal of Language, Society and Culture, 23, 20-31.
  • Koteyko, N. (2007). A diachronic approach to meaning in corpus linguistics: the use of English loanwords in Russian opposition discourse. Corpora, 3: 65-95.
  • Koteyko, N. (2006). Corpus linguistics and the study of meaning in discourse. The Linguistics Journal, 1(2): 132-157.

Invited talks


  • 2016. Keynote ‘Health and illness identities on Facebook'. International symposium ‘Language and Health Online: Typing yourself healthy, University of Basel, Switzerland, April 15-16.

  • 2016. Invitation accepted. Keynote at Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines/CADAAD, University of Catania, Italy. 22 August.

  • 2015. Computer-mediated health communication: analysing online interaction and networking. Invited Colloquium, British Association for Applied Linguistics, Aston University, 3rd September.

  • 2015. Performing health and illness identities on social media: an online observation of Facebook profiles. Research seminar, University of Brescia, 13th April.
  • 2015. Online reader comments on climate change: A discourse analysis perspective. COST Action workshop 'Media Discourses': Adaptation, Resilience and Mobility in the Context of Climate-induced Migration.  Università degli studi di Napoli L'Orientale. 9 April.

  • 2015. Diabetes organisations on Facebook: Analysis of discursive strategies and communicative affordances. Department of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, 24th February.
  • 2015. 'Personalising diabetes: Organisational messages on Facebook pages'. The University of Newcastle, Critical Discourse Group. 11th February. (with D Hunt).
  • 2014. Corpus-assisted analysis of ‘user generated content’ on climate change. Invited panel member. BAAL, University of Warwick, 6th September.
  • 2014 ‘Metaphors in the field of the Internet and health: A review of claims about social networking sites in clinical literature'. Metaphors in Health Communication workshop, Lancaster University, UK, 14th February.
  • 2013. Studying social and linguistic representations of climate change in online spaces: the case of reader comments. Individual and collective representations of climate change: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Workshop organized by the Paris Research Consortium Climate-Environment-Society. Paris, 8th March.

  • 2013. Corpus-assisted analysis of Internet-based discourses: From patterns to rhetoric. Research seminar presentation, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. 24 January.



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