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Our Team

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James Hawkey
Chair

James is Associate Professor in Linguistics and Catalan Studies at the University of Bristol. He is interested in mixed-methods approaches to the study of language policy, and his work focuses on Catalan-speaking communities (chiefly in Andorra and the city of Perpignan in southern France). His interests are broad-ranging and include language attitudes, sociophonetics, and migration studies.

Marcela Cazzoli
Secretary

Marcela is Professor of Spanish and Applied Linguistics at Durham University. Her research interests include second language acquisition and teaching, and the sociolinguistic outcomes of language contact. At present, she is working on a transnational approach to language teaching in higher education and on the linguistic contact between Welsh and Spanish in Argentine Patagonia. Marcela was the Durham lead for Routes into Languages Northeast and has lead an OWRI outreach project on sociolinguistic awareness in secondary education, aimed at increasing students’ respect for linguistic diversity.

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Nicola Bermingham
Membership Officer

Nicola currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Liverpool. Her research looks at immigration and language learning in the context of Galicia. Her main interests include sociolinguistics, migration studies and minority languages.

Marina Rabadán Gómez
Treasurer

Marina is a lecturer in Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Liverpool and her research interests lay at the intersection of Second Language Acquisition and Pragmatics. Her PhD focuses on the development a framework to enable Spanish teachers to systematically raise awareness of the variations in language use in their students as well as to assist them to develop strategies for a successful intercultural communication. 

Naomi Wells
Co-opted Member (Social Media Strategy)

Naomi Wells is Senior Lecturer in Italian and Spanish with Digital Humanities at the Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Acting Director of the Digital Humanities Research Hub at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her most recent research focuses on multilingualism on the internet and social media.

Rosaleen Howard
Co-opted Member (Latin America Liaison)

Rosaleen is Professor Emerita in the School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, where she held the Chair of Hispanic Studies; she was formerly Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool. She works on the sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics of the Andean region (Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia), and on the Quechua language. Her books include Multilingualism in the Andes. Policies, Politics, Power. Routledge (2023); Kawsay Vida. A Multimedia Quechua Course for Beginners and Beyond. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press (2013); and Por los linderos de la lengua. Ideologias linguisticas en los Andes. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos/Instituto Frances de Estudios Andinos/Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (2007).

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