Our team

The people behind the Accent Bias in Britain project
The project team brings together a wide range of expertise and experience in sociolinguistics, social psychology, forensic speech science and law.
Erez Levon

Erez Levon

Principal Investigator

Erez is Reader in Sociolinguistics at Queen Mary University of London. His research is on language and identity, language change and language attitudes, and he has conducted research on these topics in the UK, the US, Israel and South Africa.

Devyani Sharma

Devyani Sharma

Co-Investigator

Devyani is Professor of Sociolinguistics at Queen Mary University of London. Her research is on new English dialects, inter-ethnic contact, bilingualism, accent variation, and language change. She directs the online public resources Teach Real English! and Multilingual Capital.

Dominic Watt

Dominic Watt

Co-Investigator

Dominic is Senior Lecturer in Forensic Speech Science at the University of York. His research interests are in forensic linguistics and phonetics, sociophonetics, speech perception, and language and identity.

Christina Perry

Christina Perry

Co-Investigator

Christina is Reader in Law at Queen Mary University of London and Deputy Dean for Education in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Previously, she was a Lecturer at The City Law School, and she practiced law for seven years prior to entering academic life.

Amanda Cardoso

Amanda Cardoso

Postdoctoral Researcher

Amanda is a sociolinguist. Her research focuses on how dialects of English sound, how they change over time due to changes in society, and how dialects and accents are perceived.

Yang Ye

Yang Ye

Postdoctoral Researcher

Yang is a social psychologist. His research examines how people form impressions about others in social interactions, and how this process is influenced by psychological factors such as stereotypes.

Christian ilbury

Christian Ilbury

Postdoctoral Researcher

Christian is a sociolinguist. His research examines the intersection between language variation and technology, with a particular focus on language use on social media.