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Dr Michele Gazzola

Lecturer in Public Policy and Administration

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Institute for Research in Social Sciences


Room BC-07-107B Shore Road Newtownabbey Co. Antrim BT37 0QB



Michele Gazzola is Lecturer in Public Policy and Administration at the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences at Ulster University (Jordanstown campus), UK.

He holds a PhD in Multilingual communication management (University of Geneva), a MSc in Economics (University of York, UK), and a degree ("laurea") in Public administration and international institutions management (University “L. Bocconi”, Milan).

His research areas include public policy, language policy and planning, the economics of languages, and multilingualism as a social phenomenon. He is the author of several interdisciplinary contributions, both theoretical and empirical, on the design and the evaluation of language policies at the local, national and international level, the development of linguistic indicators, the role of language skills in the economy, and the management of multilingualism in scientific communication.

He was Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa (April-June 2019), thanks to the support of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Between 2015 and 2018, he worked as post-doc research fellow in the MIME project (Mobility and Inclusion in a Multilingual Europe) at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Research Group "Economics and Language") and then the Leipzig Universität. Between 2015 and 2018 he was also research fellow at the Institute for ethnic studies (Inštitut za narodnostna vprašanja) in Ljubljana, to which he is still affiliated. From 2016 to 2018 he was teaching fellow at the University of Lugano, Switzerland. From 2011 to 2015, he worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Public Economics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (project "LAPO") thanks to a fellowship from the Swiss national science foundation and to a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. He was research and teaching assistant in economics at the University of Geneva from 2003 to 2005, and between 2006 and 2011. During this period, he participated in the European integrated project DYLAN "Language dynamics and management of diversity".

He has been external consultant for the European Parliament, the Swiss Confederation, the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy), the Institute for Educational Research and Experimentation in Trento (IPRASE), the Regional Agency for the Friulan Language (Udine, Italy), the University of Florence, and the European centre for minority issues (Flensburg, Germany). He is editor of the journal Language Problems & Language Planning.

He is an associated researcher at the "Economics-Languages-Training" Observatory of the University of Geneva and a collaborator of the Accademia della Crusca (Academy of the Italian language). He is member of the Center for research and documentation on world language problems (CED), the Study group for language policies (GSPL), the AILA [Association internationale de linguistique appliquée] network of language policy, the Akademio internacia de la sciencoj (AIS), and the Gesellschaft für Interlinguistik (GIL).