PhD Student Profile


Deanna Demetriou

PhD Student

School: School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics

Campus: Canterbury

Biographical Note

Deanna Demetriou is a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University. She is also a Sessional Lecturer on the following programmes: BA English Language and Communication, Foundation Year in Arts and Humanities, and the International Foundation Year.

Project Title

EU Expansion and Immigration Discourse: Representations and Evaluations of Romanians and Bulgarians in Online Media.

Research Outline

The aim of this thesis is to critically examine immigration discourse within the UK in relation to the expiration of transitional restrictions for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens on 1st January 2014. The study considers the reproduction and resistance of dominant ideologies in two online newspapers, The Guardian and Mail Online, alongside corresponding public comment threads. In this respect, the focal point of the study concerns the representation and evaluation of Romanians and Bulgarians, alongside the de/legitimization of welfare controls put forward by the UK government in direct response to ‘new’ immigration from the EU. This is achieved through the adoption of the Discourse-Historical Approach (Reisigl and Wodak, 2001; 2016) within the larger school of Critical Discourse Studies.

Supervisory Team

  • Christopher Anderson (First Supervisor)
  • Alexandra Polyzou (Second Supervisor)
  • Adrian Holliday (Chair)


Demetriou, D. (Forthcoming August 2018) ‘Welfare Restrictions and ‘Benefit Tourists’: Representations and Evaluations of EU Migrants in the UK’. Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research, 43 (3), pp. 1-23.

Demetriou, D. (2016) Book Review of: ‘(In) Appropriate Online Behavior: A Pragmatic Analysis of Message Board Relations’. Critical Discourse Studies. 14(1) pp. 110-113.

Conference Presentations

29 June 2018. ‘Representations of Gender and Ethnicity in the EU migration debate: An examination of UK (online) right-wing press.’ Cutting Edges, Canterbury Christ Church University (Canterbury, UK).

3 November 2017. ‘Welfare Restrictions and ‘Benefit Tourists’: Representations and Evaluations of EU Migrants in the UK’. Migration and Communication Flows, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) – Diaspora, Migration and the Media Conference, University of the Basque Country (Bilbao, Spain).

25 September 2016. ‘EU Expansion and Immigration Discourse in Britain’. Europe in Discourse, Hellenic American University (Athens, Greece).

01 September 2016. ‘Immigration and Discrimination: Online representations of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants in Britain’. British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL), Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, UK).

03 July 2015. ‘Social Media and the Dissemination of Immigration Discourse’. Cutting Edges, Canterbury Christ Church University (Canterbury, UK).

28 May 2015. ‘Engaging with the Difficulties of Discourse’. Postgraduate Research Association Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University (Canterbury, UK).

Teaching Experience

Canterbury Christ Church University (2015-present): Academic Writing and Study Skills; Understanding Arts and Humanities; Foundation English Language and Communication; Group Communication; Discourse, Text and Genre; Language and Society; Technology-Mediated Communication.


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