Dr Ruth Page

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Department of English Language and Linguistics
Reader in Applied Linguistics
Program Director, BA Digital Media and Communications

Contact details

Frankland Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ruth Page is a Reader in Applied Linguistics in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on the language that people use when the communicate in social media, with a focus on storytelling. She has published studies that cover a range of mediated forms, including blogs, social network sites and video-sharing platforms. Her books include: Narratives online. Shared Stories and Social Media(Cambridge University Press, 2018), which won the 2020 Perkins Prize for the best book in narrative studies, and Stories and Social Media(Routledge, 2012).


  • BA English Literature and Language (1994)
  • Certificate in Professional Development, University of Central England (1997)
  • PhD (University of Birmingham, 2000)


I joined the Department of English Language and Linguistics in 2015, returning to the University of Birmingham where I completed my undergraduate and doctoral studies some years earlier.  In between, I worked at Birmingham City University and the University of Leicester.


I teach on our undergraduate and MA programmes, including the BA Digital Media and Communications and the BA English Language and Lingusitics. I teach on and/or convene modules in Narrative Analysis, Language and New Media and employer-led modules, such as Media in the Workplace.

Postgraduate supervision

I am always looking for students with exciting projects and am particularly interested in supervising projects which incorporate discourse analysis and narrative analysis, focus on data from spoken or social media contexts, which include multimodal materials along with verbal data, and/or explore topics in language and gender. I have supervised PhD projects in the broad fields of

Discourse analysis
Critical discourse analysis
Computer-mediated communication

Find out more - our PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Ruth’s research explores how people communicate in social media contexts, with a particular focus on storytelling. She is the Principal Investigator for the ESRC funded project, Influencer Stories of Mental Health and Young People (2024-2026). She was the Supervisor for the EU Funded project, Blame Avoidance in Twitter (2020-2022).

Other activities

  • I was Editor of Discourse, Context & Media (2015-2019)
  • I convened BAAL’s Special Interest Group for Language and New Media (2013-2018)


Recent publications


Page, R 2018, Narratives online: shared stories in social media. Cambridge University Press. <https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/english-language-and-linguistics-general-interest/narratives-online-shared-stories-social-media?format=HB>


Page, R & Hansson, S 2024, 'Dialogic analysis of government social media communication: How commanding and thanking elicit blame', Discourse, Context and Media, vol. 57, 100757. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2024.100757

Hansson, S, Fuoli, M & Page, R 2023, 'Strategies of Blaming on Social Media: An Experimental Study of Linguistic Framing and Retweetability', Communication Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/00936502231211363

Hansson, S & Page, R 2022, 'Corpus-assisted analysis of legitimation strategies in government social media communication', Discourse and Communication, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1177/17504813221099202

Hansson, S, Page, R & Fuoli, M 2022, 'Discursive strategies of blaming: the language of judgment and political protest online', Social Media + Society, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1177/20563051221138753

Hansson, S & Page, R 2022, 'Legitimation in government social media communication: the case of the Brexit department', Critical Discourse Studies, pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/17405904.2022.2058971

Page, R 2019, 'Group selfies and Snapchat: from sociality to synthetic collectivisation', Discourse, Context and Media, vol. 28, pp. 79-92. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2018.10.003

Page, R 2019, 'Self-denigration and the mixed messages of 'ugly' selfies in Instagram', Internet Pragmatics, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 173-205. https://doi.org/10.1075/ip.00035.pag

Page, R 2017, 'Ethics Revisited: Rights, Responsibilities and Relationships in Online Research', Applied Linguistics Review , vol. 8, no. 2-3, pp. 315-320. https://doi.org/10.1515/applirev-2016-1043

Page, R 2014, 'Counter narratives and controversial crimes: The Wikipedia article for the ‘Murder of Meredith Kercher’', Language and Literature, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 61-76. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963947013510648

Page, R 2014, 'Saying ‘Sorry’: Corporate Apologies Posted to Twitter', Journal of Pragmatics, vol. 62, pp. 30-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2013.12.003


Page, R 2017, Narration. in C Hoffmann & W Bublitz (eds), Handbook of Pragmatics 11: Pragmatics of Social Media. De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 523-544. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110431070

Page, R 2015, The Narrative Dimensions of Social Media Storytelling: Options for Linearity and Tellership. in A De Fina & A Georgakopoulou (eds), The Blackwell Handbook of Narrative Analysis. Blackwell handbooks in linguistics, Blackwell-Wiley, Oxford, pp. 329-448.

Page, R 2014, Hoaxes, Hacking and Humour: Analysing Impersonated Identity Online. in P Sargeant & C Tagg (eds), The Language of Social Media: Communication and Community on the Internet.. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 46.

Digital or Visual Products

Roberts, A, King-Hill, S & Page, R, How Can We Make Social Media A Force For Good?, 2023, Digital or Visual Products, University of Birmingham. <https://omny.fm/shows/the-curiosity-vault/how-can-we-make-social-media-a-force-for-good>

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