Elizabeth Stokoe

Elizabeth Stokoe is a Professor of Social Interaction at Loughborough University. She uses conversational analysis to understand how conversation works - from first dates to medical communication, and from sales encounters to hostage negotiation. She was an industry fellow at Typeform in 2018-19 and is currently a conversationality consultant at Deployed. Outside the university, she runs research-based communication training for practitioners. She is a Wired Innovation Fellow and her research and biography were featured on BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific. In addition to publishing over 130 scientific papers and books, she is passionate about science communication, and has given talks at TED, New Scientist, SciFoo, Microsoft Research, and The Royal Institution, and performed at Latitude and Cheltenham Science Festivals. Her book, Talk: The Science of Conversation, is published by Little, Brown.

Ask her what it means to be conversational.

Physically distanced, socially close:

Meaningful interaction in the time of coronavirus

Professor of Social Interaction and author of "Talk," Elizabeth Stokoe studies conversation in the wild. Here, she poses the question, “How close can we be online?” and unrolls a thread of thought to offer some valuable insights.

A few things Liz shares:

  • The role of apparently pointless “how are you’s” in the era of coronavirus
  • How you can fly paper planes, bake cakes and go on country walks together, at a distance
  • Fact or fiction: the truth behind the myths of non-verbal communication

Learn more from Liz

“Every conversation has a landscape to it—an architecture.”

“Is in-person communication better than online communication?”