Academic departments, Aston University's School of Languages and Social Sciences, UK

Our researchers in the School of Languages and Social Sciences, work across the following Academic Departments:


  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Dialectology and Sociolinguistics
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Genre and popular fiction of the nineteenth-century 
  • Language and literature in education 
  • Leadership and Management Discourse
  • Stylistics and cognitive poetics
  • TESOL and Applied Linguistics

Languages & Translation Studies (French/German/Spanish)

  • Contemporary cultural studies; gender and sexuality; religious cultures
  • Literature, critical theory and film 
  • Modern history and politics; political discourse and thought 
  • Radicalism, citizenship and social movements; cultural/national identities 
  • Sociolinguistics; social and cognitive aspects of translation; second language acquisition; minority languages; language change 

European integration in comparative political, security, social and economic context:

  • Internal politics of EU member states (in particular France, Germany, the UK, and Poland);
  • 2014-2017 the politics of ‘Brexit’;
  • Nationalism in Europe;
  • Multi-level governance in the EU;
  • Interest Groups in the EU;
  • Regionalism and Regional integration;
  • The Politics of Global Development and the role of Europe.

International Relations:

  • Conflict, and Post-conflict Reconciliation;
  • Peacebuilding and Security in the European and global contexts;
  • Critical Security Studies: cyber security, organized crime and terrorism;
  • Migration Studies;
  • Religion and Politics;
  • Gender Studies;
  • Environmental Politics;
  • Diplomacy and Soft Power;
  • EU and ASEAN;
  • ‘Rogue States’;
  • IR theory.


  • Political Leadership;
  • Political Parties;
  • Political Rhetoric.

Sociology & Policy

  • Corporate political influence and corporate power
  • Cultural and religious identities and ethnic identifications
  • Environmental politics
  • Gender, sexuality and the body
  • Health and well-being (health policy, reproductive health and social care)
  • Learning disabilities and special educational needs
  • Migration, ethnicity and citizenship
  • Social movements and political protest
  • Youth culture and youth labour