Michele Gazzola is research fellow at the University of Leipzig where he is currently working in the MIME project (Mobility and Inclusion in a Multilingual Europe). He is also and teaching fellow at the University of Lugano, Switzerland.
He holds a PhD in Multilingual communication management (University of Geneva, Switzerland), a MSc in Economics (University of York, UK), and a degree ("laurea") in Public administrations and international institutions management (University “L. Bocconi”, Milan, Italy).
His research areas include language policy and planning, the economics of languages, policy analysis, and multilingualism as a social phenomenon. He is the author of several interdisciplinary contributions, both theoretical and empirical, on the design and the evaluation of language policies at the local, national and international level, the development of linguistic indicators, the role of language skills in the economy, and the management of multilingualism in scientific communication.
Between 2015 and 2018, he was a research fellow at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Research Group "Economics and Language"), to which he is still affiliated, and at the Institute for ethnic studies ("Inštitut za narodnostna vprašanja") in Ljubljana. From 2011 to 2015, he worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Public Economics, Department of Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (project "LAPO") thanks to a fellowship from the Swiss national science foundation and to a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. He was research and teaching assistant in economics at the Faculty of translation and interpreting, University of Geneva from 2003 to 2005, and between 2006 and 2011. He has participated in the European integrated project DYLAN “Language dynamics and management of diversity”, 6th Framework programme.
He has been external consultant for the European Parliament, the Swiss Confederation, the autonomous Province of Trento in Italy (IPRASE), the University of Florence, and the European centre for minority issues (Flensburg, Germany).
He is an associated researcher at the "Economics-Languages-Training" Observatory of the University of Geneva and a collaborator of the Accademia della Crusca (Academy of the Italian language). He is member of the Center for applied statistics and economics (C.A.S.E), the Center for research and documentation on world language problems (CED), the Study group for language policies (GSPL), the AILA [Association internationale de linguistique appliquée] network of language policy, the Italian association of law and economics, the Akademio internacia de la sciencoj (AIS), and the Gesellschaft für Interlinguistik (GIL).