Prof Brigitte Nerlich
Prof Brigitte Nerlich

Prof Brigitte Nerlich

Professor of Science, Language & Society

Brigitte is a Professor of Science, Language, and Society at the Institute for Science and Society (School of Sociology and Social Policy). She studied French and philosophy in Germany and gained a DrPhil in French linguistics. After a postdoc in general linguistic at Oxford Brigitte moved to Nottingham. Her current research, mainly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust, focuses on the cultural and political contexts in which metaphors and other framing devices are used in the public, policy and scientific debates about emerging technologies, emerging diseases, as well as climate change.

Brigitte has 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 her a DLitt for my research and publications relating to the social study of metaphor.

Brigitte is a Member of the Academy of Social Sciences.



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