Dr Michael Farrelly

Lecturer in English Language

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


+44 (0)1482 465615

Dr Michael Farrelly is an English language lecturer and a critical discourse analyst with a strong research interest in cultural political economy.

He is currently working on the research and analysis of discourses of democracy, the economic crisis and of public policy on non-fossil sources of energy.

Dr Farrelly took his PhD, on discourse in local democracy, at Lancaster under the supervision of Professor Norman Fairclough, Professor Greg Myers and Professor Ruth Wodak.

He has applied a critical discourse analytic approach to numerous research projects at the University of Liverpool, the University of Birmingham, the Open University and at Lancaster University, as well as at Hull.



Research Interests

  • The impact of discourse in circumstances of political, social, environmental, and economic injustice

Research groups


2015, Farrelly, M. Discourse and Democracy: Critical Analysis of the Language of Government, Routledge

2010, Koller, V. and Farrelly, M. 'Darstellungen der Finanzkrise 2007/08 in den britschen Printmedien', Aptum, 6(2) 272-288

2010, Farrelly, M. and Sullivan, H. 'Discourses of Democracy in Neighbourhood Governance', Critical Policy Studies, 4(3) 234-249

2010, Farrelly, M. and Skelcher, C. 'Democratic milieu: analysing democratic practice in the new governance', Representation, 46(3) 139-150

2010, Farrelly, M. 'Critical Discourse Analysis in Political Studies: an illustrative analysis of the ‘empowerment’ agenda', Politics, 30(2) 98-104

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Modules list

  • Language, Power and Society (level 4)
  • Sociolinguistics (level 5)
  • Linguistic Ethnography (Level 5)

Research PhDs

Dr Farrelly is keen to supervise PhD research which applies critical discourse analysis (CDA) and / or cultural political economy (CPE) to issues of political, social, environmental, and economic justice.

Current PhD supervisions

  • Muhammad Imran Khan, Analysing Cohesion in English 


Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • MA (Aberdeen)
  • MA (Lancaster)
  • PhD (Lancaster)

External roles

  • External Examiner, English Language undergraduate programmes, University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • External Examiner, English Language undergraduate programme, American College of Thessaloniki, Greece