Dr Maria Rosa Garrido, Co-investigator, University of Fribourg (Institut de Plurilinguisme), Switzerland

I am currently a post-doc researcher at the Institute of Multilingualism, University of Fribourg. My on-going project “Humanitarians on the move” (2015-16), directed by Prof. Dr. Alexandre Duchêne, explores language, mobility and identity in the trajectories of skilled workers who cross linguistic and national borders for humanitarian work. Today English and French are key linguae francae for communication, recruitment and (re)training in humanitarian agencies, with some tensions in originally Francophone organisations with headquarters in Geneva.
I hold a BA in English Philology and a PhD in English Language and Linguistics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. My thesis, directed by Dr. Eva Codó, is a multi-sited, critical ethnography of a transnational social movement called Emmaus. It investigates the linguistic, discursive and semiotic creation of sameness and difference in this transnational imagined community.
My research interests include language, mobilities and social inequality; the sociolinguistic construction of transnational identities in international NGOs and social movements; multilingualism in globalising workplaces; and plurilingual approaches & multilingualism in non-formal and voluntary language education.