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Dr Piotr Wegorowski

Dr Piotr Wegorowski


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Room 3.65a, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

I am a teacher within the Centre for Language and Communication Research, responsible for delivery of MA Forensic Linguistics, having recently sucessfully my PhD thesis within the department. I also supervise students as part of their Research Experience module.

My research has looked at communication within community policing, scrutinizing interactions among Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and members of the public. It was a linguistic ethnographic study which problematised the position as PCSOs as being a link between the police and community. My PhD was part of a large AHRC project Translation and Translanguaging, which has investigated how people communicate in (super)diverse societies. More recenlty, I have been involved in a small-scale research project in public adminstration, looking at why local authorities in England decide to set up trading companies.

Having gradauted with a joint degree in French and Linguistics at the University of Aberdeen and spent some time in French-speaking countries during and after my undegrdatude degree, including Switzerland and Canada, I came to Cardiff to undertake a MA in Forensic Linguistics. After a few years in industry, where I worked in a multilingual research environment, I decided to undertake doctoral studies and I was awarded a PhD studentship as part of Translation and Translanguaging project (funded by the AHRC within the Translating Culture theme, 2014-2018, Principal Investigator prof. Angela Creese, grant ref: AH/L007096/1). During my PhD, I was awarded a UKRI-funded internship which allowed me to spend three months at the National Assembly for Wales Research Service. As a result, I am interested in ways which academics can engage with policymakers.

I sucessfully defended my thesis at the beginning of 2019, when I started to work as a teacher at Cardiff University and associate lecturer at the University of the West of England.

Professional memberships

I am a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics and the International Association of Forensic Linguists.

In Spring 2018-19, I teach on MA in Forensic Linguistics and supervise students as part of a Research Experience module. I am also a seminar tutor on a first-year undergraduate module How Language Works 2.

My experience of teaching spans all levels. Between 2015 and 2019, I was responsible for the design and delivery of a third-year undergraduate module Forensic Linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire. In Spring 2018-19, I am also employed as an associate lecturer at the University of the West of England, where I teach on a first-year module which introduces students to linguistic analysis using the examples from forensic linguistics and I have contributed to a foundation year module.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My doctoral research used the theoretical concept of heteroglossia to understand how Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) interact with members of the public. My findings suggest that although pitted as being between the police and community, PCSOs constantly negotiate their position and draw on a multitude of voices, including the institution and indiviudals from heterogenous communities. I am currently working towards dissemination of my findings in form of journal articles.

From a methodological point of view, I am a linguistic ethnographer and in my resaerch I considered the importance of walking and urban space in my reserach context. With Dr Judith Reynolds, I co-convene the Linguistic Ethnography Discussion and Study (LEDS) group.

Because of my involvement in the Translation and Translnguaging project, I am also interested in how multilingual individuals communicate in diverse societies.

More recently, I have become involved in a research project in collaboration with prof. Rhys Andrews from Cardiff Business School and prof. Laurence Ferry from Durham University Business School, looking at corporatisation of local authorities in England. We are interested in the reasons why local authorities set up wholly-owned trading companies, rather than providing services directly or contracting them out. Through my engagement of the project, I have become interested in the insitutional logics perspective, which I am also trying to apply to the data collected during my PhD. My aim is to apply this theory, mostly found in public administration and organisation studies, to linguistic data to assess its usefulness for language and communication scholars. In doing so, I want to display my committment to interdisciplinary collaboration, which although generally encouraged within academia is not easy to achieve.

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