PAD members research identity in different professional and everyday contexts and from diverse methodological perspectives. We understand and theorize identity as, not exclusively but largely, interactionally constructed and negotiated. Instead of seeing identity as something people ‘have’ or ‘are’, PAD members are interested in the ways in which we ‘do’ identity in interaction. This approach, in line with current thinking in applied/socio linguistic and sociological research, marks a shift from traditional essentialist positions and focuses on the processes by which identity is constructed in discourse. Social categories are not seen as top down rigid structures that are super imposed on the individual but are enacted in different social contexts and activities. Our work includes research on professional and social identities, leadership and identity as well as on the notion of ‘self’ and ‘other’.

More specifically we have addressed issues in the following areas:

Some examples of our work include the following projects: