Health Discourse

The OU’s Health Discourse research group brings together researchers and practitioners from disciplines across the university with expertise in applied linguistics, narrative studies, psychology, sociology, computing, medical humanities, and health and social care. The group is an informal research hub that fosters collaboration across different disciplines in the following areas:

  • The language of wellbeing and illness, including illness narratives
  • Communication between different groups (patients, informal carers, healthcare professionals)
  • The communication of public health issues in the media and social media
  • Diversity in the experiences and attitudes to health, illness(es), and healthcare
  • Multilingualism and multiculturalism in healthcare encounters
  • Translation & interpreting in healthcare outcomes
  • The impact of technologies on healthcare interactions
  • The contribution of fiction and literature to public perceptions of illnesses
  • Expert discourses on health, with special focus on COVID-19
  • Histories of pandemics


Research Leaders

Korina Giaxoglou Korina Giaxoglou joined the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics at the Open University in January 2016 as a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and English Language. Prior to that, she held a lectureship/senior lectureship post at Kingston University London where she briefly served as the Acting Head for the Department of Linguistics and Languages (Sept. – Dec. 2015). Korina also taught at Goldsmiths University and King’s College London.

Korina holds a PhD in (Modern Greek) Sociolinguistics from King’s College London, a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching from Kingston University, an MA in Applied Linguistics from Birkbeck University of London, and a First Degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Athens.

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Additional Researchers Include:

If you are interested in being a part of the Health Discourse SIG please email where further details will be provided.