My name is Katie. I am a researcher based in the UK, specialising in applied linguistics and health communication. My research focuses on verbal dimensions of individual-provider interactions in health and social care contexts. I am also a Japanese language teacher.

I was born in Kagoshima in Japan, and grew up in a family of healthcare workers. After studying linguistics at Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, I worked for a game software company in Tokyo. Although I had always nurtured a childhood dream of living overseas, in my twenties, I was far too busy with long hours of work, and the years went by rather quickly.

In 2013, I attended a renowned Institut Villa Pierrefeu in Montreux, Switzerland, to study International Protocol. The year after that, I resumed my stay in Switzerland to study with them further. There, what fascinated me the most was the sessions on Intercultural Communication. I became more aware of miscommunication in various intercultural settings and enhanced my self-awareness of how we manage the dynamics of interactions.

In 2016, I earned MA in applied linguistics at University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK. The following year, integrating all of my experiences with a new direction, I started to pursue Health Communication for my PhD studies at UEA. I started my blog around that time. My PhD was concluded in October 2020.

For my research, I use qualitative methodologies, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, thematic analysis, interactional sociolinguistics and ethnography to look at real-life interactions.

My blog has been devoted to sharing a casual journal. I also love cooking, baking and writing recipes!

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Katie K. Kondo