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Zoe Nikolaidou

Zoe Nikolaidou

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Zoe Nikolaidou
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Södertörns högskola
Telefon: 08-608 44 74
Fax: 08-608 44 80
PB 241 Primus

My main area of interest is the use of literacy in everyday life and the impact of literacy practices on peoples identities. When, for what reasons and in which contexts do people read and write? What do they read and write and how does this influence their sense of identity? What happens when people read and write in a language other than their native(s)?  What is the relationship between reading, writing and learning?  These are some of the questions that my research seeks to answer. A great deal of my research has focused on workplace literacy and I have examined texts and interaction as dominant factors in shaping worker identity. My research interests are extended to other uses of literacy, such as health literacy and academic literacy.

In order to examine the social uses of literacy I use methods inspired from the field of linguistic ethnography, including text and discourse analysis, participant observations and interviews.

I completed my postgraduate studies in Lancaster University, UK, where I wrote a Ph.D. thesis on the role of literacy within vocational education.

Currently, I am a lecturer in Swedish at Södertörn university and I work on a project that focuses on health literacy. More specifically, the study seeks to understand how pregnant couples and parents of children with congenital heart defects handle the information that is offered to them in texts and in interaction in order to understand the disease, make important decisions and take care of their children. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and more information about the aims and the research team can be found here:

In an earlier post-doctoral study called "Literacy and learning at the workplace: Swedish as a second language in the Swedish work context", I examined the literacy practices of factory workers who were in their majority speakers of Swedish as a second language. The focus here lied on the new demands placed upon workers in the "new work order" and the consequent proliferation of texts in the workplace. The project was funded by the Swedish Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (COFAS)

My earlier project "Language work as care work: Affordances and restrictions with Swedish as a second language in the new work order" focused on carers and assistant nurses within the elder care sector. Together with researchers from Uppsala University and Stockholm University we set out to examine the documentation and oral communication practices of care-workers in elder care facilities and the impact these have on their work practices as well as on the construction of their work identities. For more details about this project see here: