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

Alfonso Del Percio is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics. He was trained in the fields of applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology at the University of St. Gallen, University of Fribourg and University of Chicago. His ethnographic and discourse analytic research deals with the intersection of language and political economy and focuses on language, migration and governmentality, and the links between language, work, and social inequality. The outputs of Alfonso’s research have appeared in books published by RoutledgeBloomsbury, Wiley, Oxford University Press, Multilingual Matters, and Suhrkamp as well as in peer-reviewed journals such as Language and Communication, and Language Policy, Pragmatics and SocietySocial SemioticsSigns and SocietyApplied Linguistics Review, Language, Culture and Society, Langage et Société, Anthropologie et Sociétés. He is co-editor of “Language, Education and Neoliberalism: Critical Studies in Sociolinguistics” (with Dr. Mi-Cha Flubacher, Multilingual Matters, 2017), “Language and Neoliberal Governmentality” (with Prof. Luisa Martin Rojo, Routledge, 2019), and is currently working on a single authored book entitled “Multilingualism and State Propaganda“ (Routledge, under contract). Alfonso is co-editor of the journal Language, Culture and Society and regularly publishes short ethnographic pieces in his blog: disruptiveinequalities.com.    

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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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