The Health Communication and Community Engagement Research Group emerged from a strong interest in research that is related to practices, processes in which people participate in different communicative contexts. HCCE RG is particularly interested in studying the particular uses of language in the healthcare contexts, from health communication to lifespan communication. This can include acquired communication difficulties and how language changes as we age, as well as topics such as:

  • Health communication in hospitals
  • Health communication on social media
  • Health professionals’ communication
  • Nurse communication and training
  • Metaphor in end-of-life care
  • Illness as a metaphor
  • Health Advice and information giving
  • Communication disorders arising from congenital and acquired disabilities
  • Representations of ageing
  • Media representations of illness, ageing and the lifespan
  • Health Tourism

In addition, HCCE is also interested in pursuing community engagement related research in which participants are active collaborators in the research process. The methodological concerns of these studies are to address the need for community members to be genuinely engaged in the research carried out. To some extent, participants share ownership of the research and make meaningful contributions to the way research are conducted and documented.