Prof. J.M. Sanders (José)
Rector Magnificus - Executive Board
Chairman - Board of Deans
José Sanders' research is focused on communication in organizations, specializing in the use of narratives: strategic storytelling. She studies narratives' linguistic characteristics (structure and style) and their cognitive representation, as well as their communicative function in applications by organizations, such as in narrative journalism and in narrative health communication. Her research expertise lies in the domain of discourse analysis and discourse optimization. Her research examines the interplay between the form and the function of discourse in strategic communicative settings, varying from health communication and financial education to journalistic narratives. Discourse characteristics are essentially guiding language users’ understanding, engagement, attitude, and intention to act. Cognitive linguistic theories are helpful to analyze how language users represent viewpoints, frames and situation models in their discourse, using their own perspective as a starting point and trying to reach other language users.