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Dr Shani Burke

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Shani Burke

About Shani Burke

I teach Social Psychology and qualitative research methods. I completed my doctoral thesis in 2017 at Loughborough University, titled ‘Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic Discourse of the British Far-right on Facebook’. In my research I analyse issues such as Islamophobia, far-right/extremist discourse, and the social construction of asylum seekers. Specifically, I am interested in how potentially prejudicial arguments are presented as ‘reasonable’. 

Research interests and activities

Broadly, I am interested in applying discourse analysis to online communication, researching issues such as far-right and extremist discourse. I have also conducted research analysing the experiences of asylum seekers. 

Research projects & external funding

Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic discourse of the British far-right on Facebook: funded by the Glendonbrook Doctoral Fellowship at Loughborough University- 2013- 2016.

Understanding the experiences of asylum seekers: Funded by the Richard Benjamin Trust, 2012.

External roles and professional activities

 I am a member of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP). 

External research collaborations

I worked on a research project in collaboration with the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, about understanding the experiences of asylum seekers. 

Learning and teaching interests

I teach qualitative research methods and social psychology, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I mainly supervise student dissertations that use qualitative research methods, and computer-mediated communication. 


Burke, S. (2017). "Please Protect the Jews": Ideology and Concealment in the Britain First Solidarity

Patrol. Journal of Language, Aggression and Conflict 5 (1), 134-155.


Goodman, S., Burke, S., Liebling, H. and Zadasa, D. (2015). "I can't go back because if go back I would

die". How asylum seekers manage talk about returning home by highlighting the importance of safety.

Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology 25 (4), 327-339.


Rowe, L., and Burke, S. (2015) The Benefits of Using Discourse Analysis in Online

Data. QMip Bulletin Issue 19, Spring 2015.


Liebling, H., Burke, S., Goodman, S. and Zadasa, D. (2014).Understanding the

Experiences of Asylum Seekers. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care

10 (4), 207-219.


Goodman, S., Burke, S., Liebling, H. and Zadasa, D. (2014)”I’m not happy but I’m okay”: How

Asylum Seekers Manage Talk about Difficulties in their Host Country. Critical Discourse

Studies, 11 (1), 19-34.


Burke, S. and Goodman, S. (2012) “Bring back Hitler’s Gas Chambers’: Asylum Seeking, Nazis and

Facebook: A discursive analysis. Discourse and Society, 23 (1), 19-33.


Goodman, S. and Burke, S. (2011) Discursive Deracialisationin Talk about Asylum Seeking.  

Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21 (2), 111-123.


Goodman, S. andBurke, S. (2010) ‘Oh you don’t want Asylum Seekers, oh you’re Just Racist’:A 

Discursive Analysis of Discussions about whether it’s Racist to Oppose Asylum Seeking.

Discourse and Society, 21, (3), 325-340.

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