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Dr Mark Jary is working on a £100,000 project investigating a revolutionary emerging theory on how language works.

Dr Jary’s work, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, will be the first piece of research to thoroughly explore the idea of what a speaker explicitly says and what they otherwise conveyed, or implied. It will also explore why the distinction between explicitly saying something, and conveying an alternative meaning is crucial to our everyday communications.

Professor Michael Chanan created Money Puzzles, a documentary focussed on finance, debt and alternative economics, which has been screened internationally.

Filmed in the UK, Greece, Spain and Argentina, it highlighted the effects of austerity and the neoliberal agenda of finance capitalism and how grassroots groups are presenting an alternative form of social economics.

In 2017 Dr Theodora Thomadaki published in the journal of Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and Culture, Media, Groups, Politics her article: 'Gok Wan ‘on the couch’: Psychoanalytic perspectives on programme strategies and personal experience in How to Look Good Naked'.

Her research work on How to Look Good Naked – A Postfeminist opportunity’ was shortlisted for the Psychology of Women Section (POWS) Prize in recognition of ‘outstanding’ feminist work in postgraduate psychology and has recently been appointed a ‘Founder Scholar of British Psychoanalytic Council'.

Her forthcoming paper 'An object relations psychoanalytic reading of Gok Wan’s creative process and stylistic practices in How To Look Good Naked' will be published in Clothing Cultures.

Dr Andrew Esser has been awarded a £36k Guest researcher grant from Aarhus University (Denmark) to work on the DKK and AU Ideas Grant under the title ‘What Makes Danish TV Drama Series Travel?’ (2014-2018).

Dr Sabela Melchor-Couto is part of a €450,000 European Commission-funded project to support and expand the use of technology in language teaching across Europe.

Building upon Roehampton’s expertise in interactive language learning and education, Dr Melchor-Couto is conducting research into the positive effects that telecollaboration can have for teachers and pupils, as they use the technology more in their classrooms.

Dr Miguel Á. Bernal Merino is an expert in computer game localisation and media translation. His most recent work includes Media Across Borders, a detailed study of international franchising, film remakes, tv format adaptation and video game translation and localisation.

The book examines media content that is adapted across different countries and cultures, from making Sherlock Holmes in Japan and Big Brother in Africa, to adapting Final Fantasy and Assassins’ Creed for Spanish audiences.