Lothian lockdown team

Meet the team

Dr Lauren

Dr Lauren Hall-Lew is a sociolinguist, studying the relationship between language and society. Lauren is from the United States and has been living in Edinburgh since 2010.

Dr Beatrice

Dr Beatrice Alex is a Chancellor’s Fellow and Turing Fellow and her research is on text mining for data in different domains. She leads the Edinburgh Language Technology Group and the Edinburgh Clinical NLP Group

Dr Claire

Dr Claire Cowie is a sociolinguist working on globalisation. Her research is concerned with the expression of identity in international settings, such as call centres or international schools and universities. Originally from South Africa, she has been living in Edinburgh since 2005.

Dr Nini

Dr Nini Fang is a psychoanalytic therapist, trainer, and researcher. Her research studies the relationship between the psychological processes and society. Originally from Taiwan, Nini has been enjoying her life in Scotland since 2012.

Dr Catherine

Dr Catherine Lai is a linguist and computer scientist, specializing in spoken language understanding, affective computing, and multimodal speech processing. Starting off from Tasmania, Australia, she finally seems to have stopped moving north!

Dr Shan-Jan Sarah

Dr Shan-Jan Sarah Liu is a political scientist, studying gender and politics across the globe, with a special focus on Asia. Sarah had lived in the United States most of her life before moving to Edinburgh in 2019.

Dr Clare

Dr Clare Llewellyn is a Career Development Fellow in the Neuropolitics Lab which is based in the School of Political and Social Science. She specializes in text analytics and natural language processing. She is originally from Liverpool and has come to Edinburgh via Cardiff, London, Princeton and Ann Arbor.

Dr Zuzanna Elliott

Dr Zuzana

Dr Zuzana Elliott is a researcher interested in sociolinguistics of migration and globalisation, with a special focus on urban adult speech, second language acquisition, language attitudes, and identities regarding varieties of English. She is originally from Slovakia and has been living in Scotland since 2013.


Nina Markl is a PhD student in sociolinguistics and natural language processing. Originally from Innsbruck, Austria she has been calling Edinburgh home for 5 years.

Stephen Joseph

Stephen Joseph McNulty is a 2nd year PhD Candidate at the University of Edinburgh. His project focuses specifically on investigating language policy and ideologies in the Catalan-speaking region of France. He is originally from Motherwell, but has studied in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and lived in the latter now for around three years.

Clare de Mowbray

de Mowbray

Clare de Mowbray is a Research Projects Officer in The School of Social and Political Science. She develops blogs, websites and digital comms for a range of researchers.

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Anita Klingler has just completed her PhD in History at Edinburgh University, working on public discourses on political violence in interwar Britain and Germany. She perviously studied English Language and History, also at Edinburgh, and is interested in the potential for combining her research interests across both disciplines in the future