Maciej Nowakowski (BA, MSc) is a Research Assistant at Bangor University specialising in Media Communications and Critical Discourse Analysis.
Before his current post at Bangor, Maciej completed a Bachelor's in the Broad Discipline of Language, Culture, and Communications at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2019, where he specialised in a range of fields, from translation studies, to anthropology, to media discourse analysis (the latter being the basis for his Capstone, a multimodal and diachronic comparison of the South African presidential campaigns of Nelson Mandela in 1994 and Jacob Zuma in 2009).
Maciej then pursued a Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford (Wolfson College), where he shifted his focus to research on language policy in post-colonial contexts. His dissertation, a comparison of the language ideologies of French, English, and Native African languages between Ghana and the Ivory Coast, was a synthesis of corpus language processing, questionnaire surveying, and semi-structured interviews to view if the language attitude of the nations' populous are in tune with those of their respective governments.
Today, Maciej is channeling his academic and research experiences into the current project at Bangor University, which ponders the representation of mask-wearing in the media, and its possible effect in the general populous' attitudes towards it in the COVID-19 era.