Ward Peeters holds a PhD in Linguistics and is the research coordinator at IMPACTLAB, an inter-university knowledge centre that specialises in measuring the impact of science communication. Ward is affiliated with Leiden University and Utrecht University, and is a Visiting Professor at Kanda University of International Studies, Japan.
What makes communication effective? And how can we make sure that we create impact with the words that we use? Those two questions form the backbone of Peeters’s research.
In his research, he has studied the affordances of digital discourse in collaborative networking environments and has conducted several international research projects as part of an extensive study on computer-supported collaborative work. While the focus of his research primarily lied on quantifying, visualising and evaluating users’ language production in online learning contexts, more recently, he has shifted focus to measuring and evaluating the impact of science organisation’s outreach activities in the public domain. This makes that his research has both an analytic branch, which includes analysing how users can cultivate a particular register online and engage in cognitive and metacognitive processes while being social and responsible participants in networking environments, and an epistemic one, which targets impact analyses of human-information processing.
As a linguist, he works interdisciplinary, applying methods from the fields of corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, pedagogy, as well as social and epistemic network analysis to create holistic, ethnographic analyses of digital discourse and its impact on society. By mapping the dynamics of language-in-use, he has been able to show some of the fundamental shortcomings and affordances of our digital world. Peeters applies his knowledge and expertise in the fields of education and science communication; both areas where the impact of language and language use are vital.
Peeters holds a PhD in Linguistics and is the research coordinator at IMPACTLAB, an inter-university knowledge centre that specialises in measuring the impact of science communication. In this position, he is affiliated with Leiden University and Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
As a Visiting Professor at Kanda University of International Studies (Japan), he performs research on computer-supported collaborative work in language learning contexts.
JSPS international fellowship for postdoctoral research, Tokyo, Japan. Grant Number: 18F18781
Peeters, W. & Pretorius, M. (2020). Facebook or Fail-book: Exploring ‘community’ in a virtual community of practice. ReCALL, 32(3), 291–306. DOI: 10.1017/S0958344020000099
Mynard, J., Tamala, M., & Peeters, W. (Eds.) (2020). Supporting learners and educators in developing language learner autonomy. Hong Kong: Candlin & Mynard.
Peeters, W. (2018). Applying the networking power of Web 2.0 to the foreign language classroom: A systemic functional linguistic analysis of online peer interaction. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 31(8), 905–931. DOI: 10.1080/09588221.2018.1465982