Meet the team
Before you start the course, we are going to introduce ourselves. Once you have got to know us, it would be wonderful if you could also tell us a little bit about yourselves (Step 1.2).
I’m a lecturer in Intercultural Literacies and Languages in the School of Education, at the University of Glasgow. I specialise in intercultural communication, multilingualism, social inclusion and language education. I regularly train Family Liaison Officers at the Scottish Police Academy on Intercultural Communication. I have published several academic papers and research reports. I have carried out around the issues faced by migrants, asylum seekers and refugees and on language education in situations of protracted crisis. I am part of the UNESCO Chair for Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts team and of the Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet).
Maria Grazia Imperiale
I’m a Research Associate and an Associate Tutor in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. I work on intercultural communication, multilingualism and language education, specializing in language teaching in difficult circumstances. My doctoral research was about language education in the Gaza Strip (Palestine). I’ve worked as a language teacher and a teacher trainer for about 10 years, and I’ve worked on language education with refugees, especially in Lebanon.
I have an interdisciplinary background in sociology, human geography, and public policy. I am currently an associate professor (senior lecturer) at the University of Glasgow. I teach on intercultural communication and international development and education. My research focuses on the processes of international mobility and education from the perspective of culture, identity change and social inclusion. I have been principal investigator and co-investigator on several research projects with refugee young people, migrant children, youth and their families, international students from the Global South. I widely published on this area. I am part of the Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet).
I’ve been working with refugees here in Scotland in a variety of roles for about 14 years. Much of that time was spent working for a charity here called Scottish Refugee Council. I worked directly with individual asylum seekers and with families going through the asylum process. In recent years my work with refugees has focused on workshops with groups of refugees, mostly discussing cultural differences, particularly in relation to concepts of gender and the different expectations societies have about men and women. I also deliver training to professionals on how to communicate through interpreters and on working supportively with refugees.
The course is supported by the Erasmus+ Programme funding from the European Union and led by an international team of partners who work together on the Inter4Ref project:
National Centre for Social Research (EKKE), Greece
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), Italy
Centre for Migration Studies and Intercultural Relations (CEMyRI) at University of Almeria (UAL), Spain
University of Glasgow (UGLA), United Kingdom
EOPPEP National Organisation for Certification & Vocational Guidance, Greece
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