“My PhD focuses on the ways in which people discuss contentious environmental issues in the mining sector. In a globalised world characterised by inequality and a growing climate crisis, language and communication are becoming increasingly important. I analyse how the industry seeks to legitimise expansion and how locals seek to resist large projects. With the tools available in sociolinguistics, I can investigate how people use words, images and gesture to communicate their arguments and how these arguments might be taken up, resisted or even borrowed and recreated. This has implications for how we move forward in our discussions with others in these important debates.
“Social science research brings many specific challenges and interesting experiences, from fieldwork and data collection right through to the writing of the thesis. Engaging with social movement struggles as a researcher is an incredibly enriching adventure.”
Read more about Keely on the FGR PhD student profile page.