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Senior Lecturer in Languages and Linguistics, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Sarah Duffy was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Languages and Linguistics at Northumbria University in 2016. Prior to this, in 2014, she completed her PhD in Cognitive Linguistics at Northumbria University and, from 2014–2016, she held a lectureship at the University of Birmingham.

Sarah’s main strand of research explores the ways in which people understand and reason about metaphors for time. Currently, she is writing a monograph with Michele Feist for Cambridge University Press on time, metaphor, and language from a Cognitive Science perspective.

Sarah is also involved in a number of projects exploring the roles of metaphor and embodied cognition in education and society. In collaboration with the University of Birmingham and the Open University of Hong Kong, she is investigating the effectiveness of metaphor in the teaching of mathematics to primary school children in England and Hong Kong.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Languages and Linguistics, Northumbria University