The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Soudeh Ghaffari

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow


I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Geography.

Previously I worked as a p/t lecturer and seminar tutor at Media, Culture, Heritage, teaching on a range of topics at the intersection of media, culture, discourse and qualitative research methods. I was previously the module leader of the department’s PG core module of Media Analysis while teaching on a number of other modules. I supervise dissertations in Media and Journalism, Media and PR at Newcastle University.

Prior to Newcastle University, I was an associate lecturer at Lancaster University for some years while doing my PhD in Critical Discourse Studies. I have also been involved with Northampton University Business School teaching professional communication and EAP to UG/PG in Business, Marketing and PR on top of many years of teaching in the Middle East. I am certified as an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and working towards becoming a Senior Fellow.


Media Analysis (MCH 8057)

Politics, Power & Communication (MCH3077/8177)

Digital Discourses & Identity (MCH3085)

Critical Discourse Analysis

Dissertation in Media and Journalism

Dissertation in Media and PR


 Language of Media

Language of Advertising

Corporate Communication and English

English for Academic Purposes


  • Ghaffari S, KhosraviNik M. Digital practices, representations of Self & Other identity and Social Media. In: Longstaff, G; Sikka, T; Walls, S, ed. Mediating Identities and Post-representation in Contemporary Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. In Preparation.
  • Ghaffari S. Digital discourses of religion and identity among Muslim diaspora in the UK. Critical Discourse Studies 2018, Special issue on Social Media Critical Discourse Studies. Submitted.
  • Ghaffari S. From religious performances to marshal themes: discourses of Shi'a musical Eulogies, war and politics in Iran. Journal of Language and Politics 2019, epub ahead pf print.
  • Ghaffari S. Identity, Social Media and Religion: (De)Legitimization of identity construction through the language of religion. In: Andrew S. Ross and Damian J. Rivers, ed. Discourses of (De)legitimization; Participatory culture in digital contexts. New York and London: Routledge, 2018, pp.326-344.
  • Ghaffari S. Religious discursive practices and identity in Iran; New trends in cultural religious performances among the youth. Critical Discourse Studies 2018. In Press.
  • Ghaffari S. The discourse analysis of War Eulogies (in Persian). In: Kamari, A, ed. The Iran-Iraq War Semiotics. Tehran: Soureye Mehr, 2011, pp.193-218.
  • Ghaffari S. The discourse analysis of Eulogies as religious texts (in Persian). Linguistics and Interdisciplinary Studies 2010, 1, 181-201.