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Dr Dimitrinka Atanasova

Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Communication

Dimitrinka Atanasova

County South



Office Hours:

Please contact me by email at d.atanasova@lancaster.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.

Research overview

I am interested in health & science communication and the role of culture in communication. I have researched topics like obesity, mental health, climate change, sustainability, nitrogen pollution. I draw on theories and methods from applied linguistics, media & communication studies, and sociology. Particular areas of interest are the communication of health & science topics in various media through culturally embedded frames and metaphors; how people discuss health & science topics using various media and how their communicative practices may vary across cultures; the role of culture in education settings. I coordinate the Culture and Communication Research Network (CULCOM).

PhD supervision

I am happy to supervise new PhD research projects in the areas of my interest.

Career Details

I have worked as a Media Consultant at a media analysis and technology company leading pharma and technology projects. I held research positions at Queen Mary, University of London (School of Languages, Linguistics & Film), University of Sheffield (Information School) and University of Leicester (School of Media, Communication & Sociology) and taught as an Associate Lecturer at University of Leicester (School of Media, Communication & Sociology). I do occasional media consultancy work for private, public and third sector clients.

External Roles

  • I am a Founding Member and was also Secretary (March 2015 - February 2019) of the British Association for Applied Linguistics Special Interest Group on Health & Science Communication.
  • I regularly review journal articles, book proposals, conference abstracts and funding applications to the Research Councils.

Current Teaching


  • Intercultural Communication (PG, on campus)
  • Intercultural Encounters (PG, on campus)
  • Corpus-based Discourse Analysis (PG, distance)


  • Understanding Media (UG, on campus)
  • Professional Communication (UG, on campus)
  • Linguistics (UG, on campus)

Additional Information

Programme administration:

  • Director of Studies for the MA in Discourse Studies, the MA in Intercultural Communication, and the MA in Language and Linguistics (October 2018 - September 2023)

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