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Brigitte Nerlich

Emeritus Professor of Science, Language and Society,

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Biography

I am Emeritus Professor of Science, Language, and Society at the Institute for Science and Society (School of Sociology and Social Policy). I studied French and philosophy in Germany and gained a DrPhil in French linguistics. After a postdoc in general linguistic at Oxford I moved to Nottingham. My current research focuses on the cultural and political contexts in which metaphors and other framing devices are used in the public, policy and scientific debates about synthetic biology and climate change. I have written books and articles on the history of linguistics, semantic change, metaphor, metonymy, polysemy and, more recently, the sociology of health and illness and the social study of science and technology. In 2011 the University of Nottingham awarded me a DLitt for my research and publications relating to the social study of metaphor. I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

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Blog: http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/makingsciencepublic/

Academia.edu webpage: http://nottingham.academia.edu/BrigitteNerlich

Google scholar profile: http://tinyurl.com/ku8kl8p

Orchid number: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6617-7827

Twitter: @BNerlich

Current research projects:

"Talking about gene drive: An exploration of language to enable understanding and deliberation in Africa, Europe, North America and Australasia", funded by the Wellcome Trust (2019-2020). The project is led by Sarah Hartley (University of Exeter) with partners in Australia (Australian National University), Uganda (Gulu University) and the US (North Carolina State University).

3D Printing with atoms, funded by the EPSRC, PI Philip Moriarty, 2016-2019

Older projects:

Making Science Public, funded by a Leverhulme Trust programme grant, 2012-2017 (I led the programme until my retirement in 2016)

Synthetic Biology Research Centre funded by the BBSRC and the EPSRC, 2014-2018 (I was social science lead until my retirement in 2016; now working on a voluntary basis)

Expertise Summary

I have expertise in the social study of science, the philosophy and history of science, general linguistics, cognitive linguistics, historical linguistics, history of linguistics, media and cultural studies, metaphor analysis.

Teaching Summary

Current PhD students: Eleanor Hadley Kershaw (co-production in Future Earth), Aleksandra Stelmach (foetal programming). Ruijing Li (Critical Thinking in Chinese HE)

Research Summary

I am Emeritus Professor of Science, Language, and Society at the Institute for Science and Society (School of Sociology and Social Policy). I studied French and philosophy in Germany and gained a… read more

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Current Research

I am Emeritus Professor of Science, Language, and Society at the Institute for Science and Society (School of Sociology and Social Policy). I studied French and philosophy in Germany and gained a DrPhil in French linguistics. After a postdoc in general linguistic at Oxford I moved to Nottingham. My current research focuses on the cultural and political contexts in which metaphors and other framing devices are used in the public, policy and scientific debates about synthetic biology and climate change. I have written books and articles on the history of linguistics, semantic change, metaphor, metonymy, polysemy and, more recently, the sociology of health and illness and the social study of science and technology. In 2011 the University of Nottingham awarded me a DLitt for my research and publications relating to the social study of metaphor. I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

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Blog: http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/makingsciencepublic/

Academia.edu webpage: http://nottingham.academia.edu/BrigitteNerlich

Google scholar profile: http://tinyurl.com/ku8kl8p

Twitter: @BNerlich

Current research projects:

3D Printing with atoms, funded by the EPSRC, PI Philip Moriarty, 2016-2019

Making Science Public, funded by a Leverhulme Trust programme grant, 2012-2017 (I led the programme until my retirement in 2016; now working on a voluntary basis)

Synthetic Biology Research Centre funded by the BBSRC and the EPSRC, 2014-2018 (I was social science lead until my retirement in 2016; now working on a voluntary basis)

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