Uta Papen supervises 6 postgraduate research students. If these students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:
Student research profiles
My main research interests are:
literacy and education (the politics and practices of teaching reading; critical literacy)
literacy and health (patient information and the construction of knowledge in health care contexts)
Writing and urban spaces (linguistic landscapes)
The role of written texts in health care contexts (including studies of patients' information searching and learning strategies via for example websites)
Ethnographic studies of literacy practices in various settings (e.g. institutions, workplaces, communities, etc.)
Linguistic landscape research: the role of writing and visual in the cultural production of space
Literacy teaching and learning in schools
Adult literacy education in the so-called developing countries
LING 432 Language, literacies and digital communication
LING 432tc Digital language and literacies (3 sessions)
FASS 506 Designing, undertaking and surviving doctoral research
FASS510 Qualitative Methods in the Sociel Sciences
FASS 522 Ethics in Social Science and Humanities Research
FASS 617 How to get the most our of your supervision
FASS 633 Writing a literature review
FASS 618 The viva: tragedy or triumph
FASS 611d Ethnography and participant observation (distance module)
LING 319 Schools volunteering module
My research is interdisciplinary, located at the boundaries between social anthropology, education and applied linguistics. A way to describe my work is to say that I am a linguistic anthropologist. Main areas of work are: literacy in education, literacy and health, and writing in urban public spaces. With regards to the first area, I examine in particular the role of phonics as the currently favoured approach to the teaching of reading and writing at primary school level. i examine, critically, policy and media discourses about phonics and how they compare to teaching and learning in practice, in schools. The second area, health and literacy, again allows me to draw on critical discourse analysis and combine it with ethnography. Here, I investigate how patient information documents construct and present knowledge about diseases and their treatment and how patients and the lay public engage with this knowledge. i am particularly interested in patients' own way of researching and understanding what is happening to them and how these searches can lead to conflicts with their health carers about what counts as knowledge and advice to follow in the context of specific health episodes.
I have a longstanding interest in the role of writing in everyday life, for example with regards to institutions and how they interact with the public and with individual citizens. I start from the idea that our contemporary world is 'textually mediated', to borrow a phrase coined by Dorothy Smith. Thus, I see literacy as a central aspect of many contemporary social practices (including spatial practices) and it is the role of reading and writing in these practices that I investigate. I am particularly interested in exploring how writing and texts are implicated in power relations between individuals and groups as well as individuals, groups and institutions. To understand these power dynamics, i study for example how writing and texts (in the widest sense) shape urban spaces, looking at their role in gentrification and urban renewal.
I use primarily ethnographic methods which I complement with various other research approaches, including critical discourse analysis and multimodal analysis.
I am a member of the editorial board of Compare - a journal of comparative and international education. I am also on the editorial board of the journal Sociolinguistics Studies.
I am Director of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' Research Training Programme (RTP).
I am member of UREC, the University's research ethics committee.
Literacy and education: policy, practice and public opinion. Published by Routledge in July 2015.
Signs in cities: the discursive production and commodification of urban spaces. Sociolinguistic studies (see my publications for the full text)
Research output: Book/Report/Proceedings › Book
Research output: Contribution to conference › Conference paper
Research output: Contribution to journal › Journal article
Project: Non-funded Project › Projects
Project: Non-funded Project › Research