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Dr. Laia Darder

Dr Laia Darder


My experience teaching in higher education spans many years and many subjects, ranging from Catalan avantgarde poetry to sociolinguistics, from cinema to translation and interpreting, as well as Spanish and Catalan language at all levels.  

I like to explore the world through my research, and untangle the way human nature is expressed through language. By exploring linguistic relationships in Spanish, Catalan and English I aim to help explain how human relationships are established through language in terms of power, prestige and how social change may occur.



  • 2013: Doctor of Philosophy, Languages Studies, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 2005: Bachelor of Arts, Languages Studies, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 2003: "Llicenciatura" (BA + MA) in Catalan Philology, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
  • 2015: Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Teaching expertise

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Cultural Studies
  • European Studies
  • Intercultural Competence
  • Languages Studies
  • Socio Linguistics


  • Other

Industry Links

  • Managing own business


Department of Management

Sheffield Business School

Languages Studies


Darder Estevez, L. (2015). La variació lingüística en els mitjans audiovisuals com a estratègia conscient. Treballs de Sociolinguistica Catalana, 25, 303-316.

Darder, L. (2014). Exploring the translation of animated films : quantifying audiences’ perception of characters that speak in different varieties of English, Spanish and Catalan. Journal of Research Design and Statistics in Linguistics and Communication Science, 1 (2), 147-168.

Other activities

Research funding or grant

  • 2015: Engaging language students: enhancing employability skills through a (short) film subtitling project, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2008: Young Researchers International Award, Fundació Sa Nostra, Spain

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