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Leonie Gaiser

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I am a Lecturer in Intercultural Communication in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. My research interests include urban multilingualism, heritage language maintenance, language and identity, micro-level language policy and ethnographic methodologies.

Before joining the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, I was Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Linguistics and English Language (University of Manchester), focusing on research and public engagement on Linguistic Diversity. My PhD project, which I completed in June 2021, draws on the example of Arabic in Manchester to explore and challenge notions of ‘language’ and ‘community’ in the globalised city. During my time as Research Assistant on the Multilingual Manchester Project (2014-2021), I conducted research on urban multilingualism and co-authored a series of reports and publications on linguistic landscapes, supplementary schools, and language provisions in the healthcare sector. I obtained my BA (Major: English and American Studies; Minor: German as a Foreign Language) from the University of Augsburg, Germany. 

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Email address: [email protected]
Room: S4.25 Samuel Alexander Building 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 18 Aug 2021

Master of Arts, Linguistics, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 16 Dec 2016

Bachelor of Arts, English and American Studies; German as a Foreign/Second Language, Universität Augsburg

Award Date: 2 Jun 2014

Areas of expertise

  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Ethnography
  • Linguistic Landscapes
  • Language Policy
  • Intercultural Communication

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester
  • Healthier Futures


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