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Dr Alfonso Del Percio
20 Bedford Way
  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

Dr. Alfonso Del Percio is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics. He was trained in the fields of applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology at the University of St. Gallen, Fribourg and Chicago. His ethnographic and discourse analytic research deals with the intersection of language and political economy and focuses on language, migration and governmentality, the links between language, work, and social inequality. He also investigates the commodification of multilingualism and linguistic diversity under late capitalism. The outputs of Alfonso’s research have appeared in books published by Routledge, Bloomsbury, and Suhrkamp as well as in peer-reviewed journals such as Pragmatics and Society, Social Semiotics, Signs and Society, Anthropologie et Sociétés, Applied Linguistics Review, Language and Communication, and Language Policy (forthcoming 2017). His recent publications include “A Semiotics of Nation Branding” (Special Issue of Signs and Society, 2016), “Discourses of Diversity” (Co-edited special issue of Language and Communication, 2016) and “Language and Political Economy” (with Mi-Cha Flubacher and Alexandre Duchêne, Oxford University Press, in press). He is currently preparing an edited volume entitled “Language, Education and Neoliberalism” (with Mi-Cha Flubacher, Multilingual Matters, 2017), a co-edited special issue in Language Policy on “Language and Commodification” and a book entitled “Branding a Multilingual Nation” (Routledge, forthcoming).

Research Groups
Research Summary

Language, education, and social inequality. I have been focusing on the management of linguisticdiversity in professional training programmes and vocational education.

Linguistic and cultural diversity in late capitalism. I have a particular interest in the way in whichmultilingualism and cultural differences are commodified by state and corporate actors.

Language, labour and social inequality. I have investigated the role of language and intercultural communication in respect of the distribution of resources in linguistically and culturally diverse work spaces.

Language and migration. I have conducted research on the state’s regulation of international migration as it pertains to the bureaucratic management of linguistic and cultural diversity.

Teaching Summary

My teaching has been focusing on "multilingualism and society", "language and political economy", "language, diversity and education", "language and migration", "language and work", "language, institutions and social difference" as well as "ethnography" and "discourse analyses".

I am interested in supervising MA and PhD students in the following areas:​
  • Language, Migration and Social Difference
  • Language, Work and Social Inequality
  • Language and Political Economy
  • Language and the Nation State
  • Language and Governmentality

01-OCT-2019 Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2017 Lecturer Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2014 – 31-DEC-2016 PostDoc Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan University of Oslo, Norway
01-MAR-2013 – 28-FEB-2014 Visiting PhD Student Department of Anthropology University of Chicago, United States
01-JAN-2012 – 28-FEB-2013 Research Assistant Institute of Multilingualism University of Fribourg, Switzerland
01-SEP-2010 – 28-FEB-2013 Research Assistant Institute for Media and Communications Management University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
01-AUG-2009 – 31-AUG-2010 Research Assistant IASH University of Bern, Switzerland
01-SEP-2008 – 31-JUL-2009 Research Assistant German Studies University of Bern, Switzerland
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