Andrea Sunyol Garcia-Moreno, Co-investigator, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Dept of English and Germanic Studies)

I am a PhD Candidate at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. My PhD Thesis, supervised by Dr. Eva Codó, explores the discursive and semiotic construction of social inequality in the Catalan education system from a critical ethnographic perspective. It focuses on the relationships between multilingualism, privilege and ideologies of globalism in two elite schools in the area of Barcelona that are undergoing internationalizing processes. My PhD continues the research line of my MA Thesis, a sociolinguistic ethnography on multilingualism in an international school in Catalonia. This piece of work was one of the four selected for the I Jornada Nous Talents en Sociolingüística Catalana organised by Societat Catalana de Sociolingüística (SOCS-IEC).

I hold an MA in Advanced English Studies (Multilingualism and Acquisition of English); a BA in English Philology; and a BA in Catalan Philology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where I teach in the English Department, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. I am a member of the research group CIEN (UAB), which studies multilingualism from a critical sociolinguistic point of view.

My research interests include, broadly, sociolinguistic ethnography, and issues concerning language, the political economy, and the production and reproduction of social inequality. I am particularly interested in language and education, the articulation of privilege in and through education systems, the discursive construction of social identities, affect and language ideologies.