Dr Elisabetta Adami

Dr Elisabetta Adami


I am a University Academic Fellow in Multimodal Communication specialized in social semiotic multimodal analysis. I am interested in how people use both verbal and nonverbal resources to make meaning, particularly in intercultural situations. I look at sign-and-meaning-making practices in place, in face-to-face interaction, and in digital environments.

I hold a PhD in English Language and Translation at the University of Verona and took a one-year Special Research Programme at the Institute of Education (UCL-London), with research on YouTube and mobile technologies. Before coming to Leeds, I worked as a research fellow in English Language and Translation at the University of Chieti-Pescara (2012-2015) and I held teaching positions at the University of Verona (2009-2012).

I have participated in an ESRC/NCRM-funded project on Methodologies for Multimodal and Narrative Analysis of UK Food Blogs (Institute of Education, UCL), and am the editor of the journal Visual Communication.


  • PGR Training Programme Director

Research interests

My research adopts and develops a social semiotic multimodal approach for the analysis of representation, communication, and sign- and meaning-making in all forms. I am particularly interested in developing theories and methods for the analysis of intercultural multimodal sign-making. 

My work in funded projects in Leeds include:

- BA/Leverhulme funded project: Leeds Voices: Communicating Superdiversity in the Market

- Erasmus+ Key Action 2 funded project: EU-MADE4LL European Multimodal and Digital Education for Language Learning

- LHRI Sadler Seminar Series 2017/2018: Signs Beyond Borders: Meaning-Making across Sign and Spoken Languages

I welcome PhD research proposals that want to use in novel ways a social semiotic multimodal approach to analyse sign-making in place, in face-to-face interaction and/or in digital environments, particularly in intercultural contexts.

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Student education

I teach multimodal analysis, discourse analysis, social media research methods, and multimodality for translators at BA and MA level.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Translation Studies
  • Centre for Translation Studies
  • Translation
  • Multimodality
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