Dr. Michele GAZZOLA
Universität Leipzig
The LAPO project

Current position

Since 05/2018, Research fellow, Project MIME, Department of English Studies, Universität Leipzig.

Since 02/2016, Teaching fellow, Università della Svizzera italiana, Faculty of Communication Sciences, Lugano.


2011/2007, Université de Genève. PhD in Multilingual Communication Management, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting. Title of the thesis: “The economic evaluation of efficiency and fairness in the management of multilingual communication: The case of patent offices” (Director: Prof. François Grin, University of Geneva; Co-director: Prof. François Vaillancourt, Uni-versity of Montreal). Final mark: Summa cum laude. Date of award: 19 September 2011.

2006/2005, University of York. Master of Science (MSc) in Economics. Date of award: 12 July 2007.

2002, Sciences Po, Paris, France. Exchange student.

2003/1998, Università Commerciale “L. Bocconi”, Milan. Laurea in Economia delle amministrazioni pubbliche e delle istituzioni internazionali. (BA [4 years] in Public administrations and international institutions management). Final mark: 110/110 summa cum laude. Date of award: 23 April 2003.

Work experience

11/2011-04/2018, Research fellow, research group “Economics and Language”, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (2015-2018). Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (2011-2015).

01/2018-05/2015, Research fellow, Institute for ethnic studies (Inštitut za narodnostna vprašanja), Ljubljana, Slovenia.

09/2011-10/2006, Research assistant, research group “Economics-Languages-Training”, Faculty of translation and interpreting (FTI), University of Geneva.

09/2005-11/2003, Research and teaching assistant, research group “Economics-Languages-Training”, Faculty of translation and interpreting (FTI), University of Geneva.

05/2003-02/2003, Internship — European Commission, Representation in Milan.

Research projects

Since 05/2015, Member of the European research project, MIME “Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe” (7th Framework Programme of the European Union, budget €5 million). Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Supervisor: Prof. Bengt-Arne Wickström.

04/2015-11/2011, Director of the project “Language policy and linguistic justice in the EU” (“Bourse pour chercheur débutant”, Swiss National Science Foundation, and “Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship”, Research Executive Agency, European Commission). Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

09/2014-10/2013, Director of the pilot project “Towards an index of linguistic justice” (Esperantic Studies Foundation - ESF). Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

09/2011-10/2006, European research project, DYLAN “Language Dynamics and Management of Diversity” (6th Framework Programme of the European Union, budget €5 million). University of Geneva. Supervisor: Prof. François Grin.

External expert / Advisor 

Since 2016, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain. International research project "Ocupaciones y lenguaje".

09/2016, Swiss Confederation, Bern. Report on the Swiss federal policy on multilingualism.

05/2016, European Parliament, Brussels. Report on the costs and the benefits of the European strategy for multilingualism.

04/2016, IPRASE (Istituto provinciale per la ricerca e la sperimentazione educativa – Institute for Research and Innovation in Education), Province of Trento (Italy), Report on the economic value of languages in the labour market.

05/2015, University of Florence. Project PRIN 2010/11 “La lingua come fattore di integrazione sociale e politica”.

11/2006 06/2006, European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Flensburg, Germany. European project “The Aspect of Culture in the Social Inclusion of Ethnic Minorities: Assessing the Cultural Policies of Six Member States of the European Union”.

Other academic qualifications

2015, « Qualification », in Economics “05-Sciences économiques”, and in Linguistics “07-Sciences du langage: linguistique et phonétique générales”, French Ministry of Research and Education (Conseil National des Universités).


2017, Technische Universität Berlin. ModuleTreatment Effect Analysis (Empirische Kausalanalyse), Faculty of Economics and Management. Auditor.

2014, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Training in project management. “Workshop zur Drittmittelabwicklung”, 1 December; “Grundlagen zur Abwicklung von Drittmittelprojekten an der HU“, 18 November; “Beantragung und Führung von Drittmittelprojekten an der HU“, 10 February. Abteilung für Personal und Personalentwicklung – Berufliche Weiterbildung.

2014, University of Cambridge (17-19 September). Microeconometrics using Stata: Nonlinear Models, Summer School, Timberlake Consultants.

2014, Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, Lindau, Germany (19-23 August). 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences.

2014, Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (7-11 July). Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Evaluation, Barcelona GSE Summer School in Microeconometrics.

2010, Universität Wien (22-24 September). Second doctoral school of the DYLAN project “Language Dynamics and Management of Diversity” (6th Framework Programme). Topics: “Incentives of language behaviour”, “Models of language dynamics” “Socio-psychological dimensions of individual multilingualism”.

2009, Glasgow Caledonian University (18-20 November). Postgraduate Forum of the DYLAN project. Topic: “Discourse Analysis”.

2009, Univerzita Karlova v Praze (Charles University in Prague) (22-27 June). Doctoral School of the LINEE Training Institute (Languages In a Network of European Excellence). Topics: “Language policy and language planning”, “Language and economy”.

2008, Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici – Università di Bologna (23-28 June). Doctoral School on “Cultural Diversity”. Director: Prof. Umberto Eco.

2008, École Normale Supérieure (Lettres et sciences humaines), Lyon (14-16 April). First doctoral school of the DYLAN project. Topics: “Researching Multilingualism and Linguistic Diversi-ty in Europe".

2007, Université de Genève. Individual module (BA level) in Contemporary Political Philosophy, Department of Economic and Social Sciences. Auditor. Final note 6/6.


  • Modules and seminars

Since 2016, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano. Department of Communication Sciences, Gestione istituzionale della diversità linguistica e culturale (“Institutional management of linguistic and cultural diversity”).

2012-2013, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, School of Business and Economics. Seminar Ökonomie und Sprache (economics and language), with Prof. Bengt-Arne Wickström and Prof. Jürgen van Buer.

2003-2005, Université de Genève, Faculty of translation and interpreting (FTI), teaching assistant in macroeconomics, microeconomics, introduction to international trade, introduction to money and finance.

  • Doctoral schools and intensive training

12/2017, University of Zagreb. Doctoral School of the project MIME (Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe), “Language Policy Design, Analysis and Evaluation”, 5–7 December.

08/2017, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Summer School on “Linguistic Policy, Linguistic Planning and Evaluation”, 31 July – 3 August.

08/2015, The University of Chicago Center in Paris, Summer School on “Economy and Language”, 10-21 August.

03/2015, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Programa de posgrado en lingüistica, “The economics of languages”, 23-27 March.

2013, University for Foreigners in Siena, “Master Interuniversitario in progettazione e gestione dei processi partecipativi”, 6 April.

2007-2010, University of Geneva, « Geneva International Students’ Programme » (GISP).

  • Individual lessons as guest instructor

University of Turin, University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, University of Trento, University of Leipzig, Catholic University of the Sacred Hearth Milan, University of Sannio, University of Geneva, University of Naples “Federico II”, University of Strasbourg.

Scholarships, grants and prizes

  • Research grants and prizes

2016, Research grant, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada (CND 10,000).

2013, Post-doc research grant, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, Executive Agency for Research (REA), European Commission (EUR 162,000).

2013, Research grant, Esperantic Studies Foundation (USD 3,000).

2011, Post-doc research grant, Swiss National Foundation for Scientific Research (CHF 61,500).

2011, Post-doc research grant, DAAD-Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service. (EUR 10,685). Declined

2004, Best dissertation. International competition prize for studies and research on multilingualism. Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Italy (EUR 2,500).

  • Scholarships and other forms of financial support (< EUR 6,000)

Esperantic Studies Foundation, Center for Applied Statistics and Economcis (CASE) – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (WWG) - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, Fondation Ernst et Lucie Schmidheiny, Société académique de Genève, Fondazione Enasarco, Fon-dation Barbour.

Organisation of conferences

2017, Colloquium Language skills for economic and social inclusion (with Bengt-Arne Wickström and Torsten Templin), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 12-13 October.

2017, Summer School Linguistic Policy, Linguistic Planning and Evaluation (with Dr. Jorge Antonio Leoni de León), Universidad de Costa Rica, 31 July– 3 August.

2017, Symposium Language Policy and Planning in Multilingual Organisations: Exploring Language Regimes (with Lisa McEntee-Atalianis), Birkbeck University of London, 13 July.

2015, Symposium Economics, Linguistic Justice and Language Policy (with Bengt-Arne Wickström and Torsten Templin), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2-3 March.

2013, Colloquium The Economics of Language Policy (with Bengt-Arne Wickström), Venice International University, Italy, 26-27 July. Venice Summer Institute – CESifo Group Munich.

2006, Colloquium Diritti linguistici, apprendimento delle lingue ed educazione per tutti, Università di Parma, Italy, 27 July.  Internacia Ligo de Esperantistaj Instruistoj (ILEI).

Editorial committees

Editor of the international academic journal Language Problems & Language Planning (Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins).

Associate member of A’dam Multiling working paper series.

Scientific committees

Member of the scientific board of the Centre for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems (CED).

Member of the scientific committee for the following conferences: (i) “Multilinguismo. Linguaggio, potere, conoscenza”, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2011; (ii) “Second DYLAN Doctoral School”, Universität Wien, Austria, 2010; (iii) Évaluer les politiques lin-guistiques : Quels objectifs, critères, indicateurs ? 10èmes Journées des Droits Linguis-tiques - JDL 2016 Colloque international – University of Teramo, Italy, 14-16 December 2016.

Member of the board of examiners of PhD defences (“Promotionkomission”) at Humbold-Universität zu Berlin. 01/2015. PhD defense of Ms Regina Kühne; 12/2013. PhD defense of Ms Nannette Schliebner; 10/2013. PhD defense of Ms Eva-Maria Heberer.

Membership in scientific and professional organisations

Affiliated member: Research group “Economics-Languages-Training” (University of Geneva) and Center for Applied Statistics and Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Member or ex-member: International Political Science Association, Italian Linguistic Society, and the AILA [Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée] network of Language Policy, Italian Evaluation Society, Gesellschaft für Interlinguistik (GIL), European Association of Law & Economics, Italian Society of Law & Economics, Italian political science society, Akademio Internacia de la Sciencoj of San Marino (AIS).

Refereeing and reviews

Dutch Research Council of Dutch Council for the Humanities; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development; Journal of Multicultural Discourses; Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE); Language and Education; Language, Culture and Curriculum; Language Problems & Language Planning; Parallèles; Revue française des affaires sociales; Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research; Sociolinguistica; Language policy; Open Linguistics.

Language skills 

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Understand (listen/read)—speak—write  

Italian:      native speaker 
French:    C2—C2—C2
English:    C2—C1—C1 
German:   C1—C1—C1 (Goethe-Zertifikat C1, 2014)
Spanish:   B1—A2—A1

Computer skills 

MS Windows and Office. Econometrics packages: Stata.