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Loughborough University

Social Sciences

Academic and Research

Paul Drew

Professor Paul Drew

Professor of Conversation Analysis

Location: U3:20


I have taught and conducted research in Conversation Analysis for over 40 years, most of them at the University of York, then recently here at Loughborough. Over the years I’ve had visiting positions in Finland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and the US (UCLA), and regularly run training workshops in CA at Loughborough and internationally, in Europe, the US, China and Japan.

I am director of Loughborough University’s Advanced Methods Institute (AMI), which aims to promote LU, nationally and internationally, as a centre of excellence in social research methods; and to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations that combine methodologies in novel ways. I am (Honorary) Visiting Professor in the Centre for Advanced Studies in Pragmatics, Interaction and Communication (CASPIC), Department of English & Linguistics, University of Huddersfield. I am also the HCA Distinguished Visiting Professor at Southern Denmark University, Odense, during periods in 2016.

I am an honorary member of the China Pragmatics Association; editor of the Cambridge University Press series Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics; a member of the board of the International Association of Conversation Analysts (ISCA); and chair of the organising committee for the next International Conference of Conversation Analysis (ICCA-18) to be held at Loughborough in July 2018. I have an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Helsinki.


My research falls into three principal areas:


I have joined the Loughborough team to teach on a new MA they are launching, on Conversation Analysis. This, together with the supervision of doctoral research students, will be my principal teaching role in the Department.

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Department of Social Sciences
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

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