Emanuele Felice is an Associate Professor of the Department of Applied Economics of the University of "G. Annunzio di Chieti-Pescara" to the Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Quantitative Economics. His fields of research are: economic history of modern Italy, global history, long-term economic growth, income and social indicators, regional development and regional policies and business history.
Before being a professor, he studied at the University of Bologna and obtained his doctorate from the University of Pisa. Moreover, he was also a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, Pompeu Fabra University, Harvard University and Seville. His latest book is “Ascesa e declino. Storia economica d’Italia” (2015).
Adrian Blackledge is Director of the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism from University of Birmingham. He is author of numerous articles and books based on his research on multilingualism in education and wider society. His books include Heteroglossia as Practiceand Pedagogy (2014); The Routledge Handbook of Multilingualism (2012); Multilingualism. A Critical Perspective (2010); Discourse and Power in a Multilingual World (2005); Negotiation of Identities in Multilingual Contexts (2004); Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, and Gender (2001); and Literacy, Power, and Social Justice (2000).
In recent years Adrian has been awarded more than £3 million in research council funding. He is currently engaged in a project funded through the AHRC Translating Cultures theme, ‘Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities’ (TLANG).
Gabriele Cappai is Doctor and Professor from University of Bayreuth, where he teaches methods of empirical research with special emphasis on qualitative methods. His interests also touch on the theory of culture, social theory and the sociology of migration. During the last years, its work has developed following the following thematic lines: Culture and social action, the "Triangle of the migration" and to do empirical investigation in foreign cultures. He is a specialist in these fields of research and activity: Basic-theoretical conditions for intercultural understanding; Meta-theoretical consideration on the concept of culture; Communication, organisation and migration in the European context; Intercultural comparison; and Translation as a condition for social integration.
Carmen Leccardi is currently Professor of Sociology of Culture in the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Milano-Bicocca. She is the director of the doctoral program in applied sociology and methodology of social research. She is also the President of the European Association of Sociology (ESA). Carmen Leccardi has taught and carried out research in several Italian universities.
She was Vice Chancellor of Equal Opportunities in the period between 2012 and 2013. She is currently the scientific coordinator of the Inter-University Research Center Gender Culture. His lines of research are related to the study of the processes of cultural change. In this context, it has carried out national and international research on cultural patterns, with a particular focus on young people; Gender and generational differences; Experiences of time and their changes. As for her research method, Leccardi gives priority to qualitative approaches, and hermeneutical methods in particular. His last book (2014) is: Sociologias del tiempo (Finis Terrae, Santiago de Chile, 2014).