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Interdisciplinary Discourse Analysis in Education, the Arts and Social Sciences

The Interdisciplinary Discourse Analysis in Education, the Arts and Social Sciences (IDEAS) research group offers an active and vibrant research culture around language, linguistics and semiotics, bringing together productive researchers from across different faculties and units. We foster collaborative team-based research, tapping into and developing emerging synergies which investigate leading edge issues in contexts relevant to the field of Education, and the Humanities/Arts and Social Sciences more broadly.

IDEAS group members share a common interest in using tools from language/s, linguistics and semiotics to improve educational and social outcomes in institutional contexts and beyond. Our members currently research in the areas of TESOL/LOTE, health and medical settings, schools and higher education, disability support and social justice, multimodality, social media and literature/verbal art.

Our IDEAS activities include: 

  • Big IDEAS – research seminars
  • Developing your IDEAS – ‘how to’ workshops to mentor and incubate projects
  • Nutting out IDEAS – methodology workshops
  • Presenting big IDEAS – conferences and colloquia
  • Student IDEAS – fortnightly HDR presentations and workshops



Projects our group are working on include school literacy transitions, southern Spanish accents, discourse analysis of argument texts, analysis of policy documents, blended learning environments, discourses about animals and food.