Dr Teresa Piacentini

  • Lecturer in Sociology (Sociology)

telephone: 0141 330 5076
email: Teresa.Piacentini@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

I am an experienced researcher, interpreting practitioner and activist and have spent most of my professional and academic career working and researching mainly with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Scotland.

My research interests lie in the broad field of migration studies covering the various aspects of social, cultural and political life affecting migrants' experiences of ‘settlement’, integration and belonging.

Central to the developing focus of my work is a concern with researching super-diversity and how this relates to important issues around cohesion and integration, identity and belonging, local and transnational networks, rights and citizenship, access to public services and service delivery, community development, health and well-being and social exclusion. These issues relate directly to current debates within the social sciences around inequality, inclusion, identities, engagement and social change, and how these are shaping public and policy understandings of society.

I am particularly interested in everyday bordering practices as they relate to migrants, and the creation and development of spaces of resistance to bordering within asylum seeker, refugee and migrant populations.

Grants

  • "Experience of camp/non-camp displacement: building learning from Jordan to build learning in Jordan". Feb 2017. Funding received £6235.00. Funder: SFC-GCRF
  • "Improving Interpreting Practice in Healthcare Settings". University of Glasgow. Project Partners NHSGGC Equalities. September 2016. Funding recieved: £5463.12. Funder: ESRC-IAA
  • “The Contemporary Nature of Racism in Britain, University of Glasgow”, 26 November 2008. Funding received: £2175.00. Funder: Roberts Fund, University of Glasgow
  • “Critical Issues in Researching Hidden Communities”, University of Glasgow 30-31 October 2008. Funding received: £2885.00. Funder: Roberts Fund, Universdity of Glasgow  (flyer)

Supervision

Postgraduate Dissertation Supervision

  • MRes Sociology and Research Methods
  • MRes Equality and Human Rights
  • MSc Global Health

Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision

  • Single & Joint Honours Sociology

Teaching

Course Convenor

  • Level 1 Sociology

First year teaching

  • SOCIO1009 Sociology 1A Key concepts
  • SOCIO1010 Sociology 1B Migration & Society 

Honours teaching

  • SOCIO4107 Contemporary Migration in a Global perspective (Sem 1) (Convenor)
  • SOCIO4108 Migration, multiculturalism and Belonging (Sem 2) (Convenor)

Additional information

Recent Research Projects

Ethical interpreting in health care settings in Scotland

This 2 year interdisciplinary research project (2012 - 2014) explored the experiences of practitioners, interpreters and service users who are grappling with issues and challenges of intercultural communication in clinical and non-clinical health care settings. Using an innovative mixed method design, we produced 5 short films and supporting materials to help develop a more reflexive practice, and provide stimuli for debate on how to address the complexities of working in and through different language contexts. This project is of significance for the development of Scotland’s future generations of health care providers and interpreters.

Funded by the ARHC, SFC and British Council

Invited talks

21 September 2015:  EuroTunnel vision? Challenging Perspective of the Refugee Crisis. (invited panellist)  UNHouse& UNA Scotland, Edinburgh

June 2015: Keynote address, GRAMNet /Refugee week research open day, University of Glasgow

November 2014 : Intersectional analysis of intercultural communication in health care settings, University of Glasgow

June 2014: African migrants social networks, Migration and Intimate Lives, Glasgow 

2014: I participated in a CoDE(University of Manchester-University of Glasgow) -ESRC collaboration film on the broad themes of  ethnicity and diversity in Britain; employment and ethnic inequalities in a recession; challenges in ethnicity and health; questioning growing ethnic segregation in the UK. Short film available.  

22 January 2014, Guest Lecture on the project and research methods in practice to Students on MSc Adult and Continuing Education / MSc Teaching Adults, Community Education, University of Glasgow

5 December 2013, EcCoWell Conference, Glasgow, speaking on Ethical Interpreting Research Project: "Learning from clinicians, interpreters and migrants for improved interpreter mediated practice"

5 November 2013, City Health 2013, Glasgow, speaking on: "Super-diversity and its implications for the delivery of health care: learning from practitioners, interpreters and migrants

Papers & Presentations

  • 3 December 2013, ENTER Conference, Edinburgh, Paper: Learning from clinicians, interpreters and migrants for improved interpreter mediated practice
  • 27 April 2012, LLAS one day workshop: Research in and for Languages, University of Strathclyde, Paper: "Translation in intercultural health care settings"
  • 17 June 2011, GRAMNet Postgraduate International Colloquium, University of Glasgow, Paper: “Challenging constructions and problematising representations: a call to resist the uncritical adoption of problematic categories”
  • 6-8 April 2011, BSA Annual Conference, London, Roundtable discussion: “Resisting marginalisation through mobilisation: experiences of the everyday lives of asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow”
  • 29 January 2010, Journeys and Justice, Dept of Geography, University of Leeds, Paper: “Interrogating 'settlement' as journey: where is the destination?”
  • 10-12 June 2009, AHRC-CRONEM Annual Conference, University of Surrey, Poster: “Identity Re-making in Exile: an exploration through the lens of Refugee Community Organisations in Glasgow”
  • 11-14 April 2009, BSA annual Conference, Cardiff. Paper: “Transitional identities : triggers and trajectories for identity making in exile”
  • 26 November 2008, CRREN PG Inaugural Conference, University of Glasgow. Paper: “‘Getting Status’ and the Consequences for Activism and Mobilisation within Refugee Community Organisations”
  • 29 May 2008, GARA/Save The Children/CRREN: Race and Poverty Conference. Paper: “Routes out of poverty? An exploration of community responses to poverty and destitution from Refugee Community Organisations in Glasgow”
  • 3 October 2007, SAASS, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences, University of Glasgow: Seminar Paper: “It’s like life without living”: the potential role of asylum seeker and refugee associations in negotiating non-settlement and nurturing solidarity in exile”
  • 1-3 September 2007, ESA PhD Workshop ESA Conference: “Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society”, Glasgow Caledonian University, Paper: “Refugee Community Organisations in Glasgow: initial explorations about community and identity in exile”
  • 8-9 May 2007, Workshop: Racism, Discrimination and Welfare-State Institutions in Denmark, France and the United Kingdom. University of Glasgow, Paper: “Seeking refuge, finding exclusion: everyday experiences of asylum and discrimination across welfare state institutions”

Reports and Research consultancy

  • Conference Report for International Conference on Human Rights Education & Active Citizenship, BEMIS , November 2011
  • Principal Researcher on a 3-month Oxfam funded research project “Equality Act 2010: Law into Practice”. This was a Participatory research project, working with BME/Refugee populations, exploring experiences of discrimination, raising awareness of new legislation, and presenting findings to a policy-maker audience at a project-end conference November 2011.
  • Oxfam-Karibu Research Report, “Law into Practice: experiences of discrimination”, November 2011

Knowledge Exchange

  • Member of GRAMNet, University of Glasgow Refugee, Aslyum and Migration Research Network
  • Member of Advisory Group: AHRC project, led by Sarah Craig (School of Law, University of Glasgow) and Alison Phipps (School of Education, University of Glasgow): Translation and Asylum Claims: Matters of Law Language and Silence, a project aiming to bring together lay and language research across three international workshops.
  • Associate Fellow, Third Sector Research Centre, (TSRC) University of Birmingham (Feb 2011- present) www.tsrc.ac.uk
  • Member of Scottish Refugee Council Refugee Research Network (2008 - present)
  • Co-convenor of the British Sociological Association (BSA) Scottish Studies Study Group http://www.britsoc.co.uk/specialisms/Scottish+SG) (April 2009 - 2012)
  • Research advisor on community organisations, Scottish Refugee Council, Community Development Team (2009 - 2010)
  • Research advisor on developing practice guidelines and codes of conduct for interpreters and service users, Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership (2009 - 2010)
  • Member, British Sociological Association (since 2008)
  • Member, European Sociological Association (since 2007)
  • Profile featured in BSA Network magazine, ‘Desert Island Discourse’ (2009)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (MCIL) (since 2002)
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Translators and Interpreters (AITI) (since 2002) 
  • Member of the ITI Scottish Network Group (since 2002). 
  • Volunteer Translator: Prisoners Abroad 
  • I regularly attend national and international conferences, seminars, and workshops and have developed an extensive network of contacts across the UK in my own, and related fields of expertise.

Publications

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2017

Piacentini, T. (2017) ‘More than a refugee community organisation’: a study of African migrant associations in Glasgow. In: McCabe, A. and Phillimore, J. (eds.) Community Groups in Context: Local Activities and Actions. Series: Third sector research series. Policy Press. ISBN 9781447327813

Piacentini, T. (2017) Vulnerability, exploitation and migrants: insecure work in a globalised economy. Community Development Journal, 52(1), pp. 213-216. (doi:10.1093/cdj/bsw054) [Book Review]

2016

Piacentini, T. and Fraser, A. (2016) Back to Back: Revisiting Ethnographies Past, Present and Future. [Website]

Piacentini, T. (2016) On the frontline: what are these places for? Calais Cap and Grande Synthe, France’s official refugee camps. Discover Society, 2016(32), 03 May.

Piacentini, T. (2016) Refugee solidarity in the everyday. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 64, pp. 57-61.

Piacentini, T. (2016) Sans Papiers: The Social and Economic Lives of Young Undocumented Migrants. Alice Bloch, Nando Sigona and Roger Zetter. Media Education Journal, 60, pp. 58-59. [Book Review]

2015

Piacentini, T. (2015) Drowning at Sea, Washed Up Bodies, Body Bags and Coffins: The New Normal. [Website]

Piacentini, T. (2015) From Calais to Kent, what is wrong with how we are talking about the migrant crisis? [Website]

Piacentini, T. (2015) From invading to marauding: What is wrong with how we are talking about the present migrant crisis? [Website]

Piacentini, T. (2015) Missing from the picture? migrant and refugee community organizations' responses to poverty and destitution in Glasgow. Community Development Journal, 50(3), pp. 433-447. (doi:10.1093/cdj/bsu047)

2014

Piacentini, T. (2014) Critical review essay of: Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health in Multicultural Societies: Foundations for Better Epidemiology, Public Health, and Health Care, 2nd edition, by Raj S. Bhopal. Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 3(2), pp. 189-194. [Book Review]

Piacentini, T. (2014) Review of: Raj S. Bhopal (2014) Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health in Multicultural Societies: Foundations for Better Epidemiology, Public Health, and Health Care. Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 3(2), [Book Review]

Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2014) We belong to Glasgow: the thirdspaces of youth ‘gangs’ and asylum seeker, refugee and migrant groups. In: Phillips, C. and Webster, C. (eds.) New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 55-79. ISBN 9780415540490

Piacentini, T. (2014) Everyday acts of resistance: the precarious lives of asylum seekers in Glasgow. In: Marciniak, K. and Tyler, I. (eds.) Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent. Series: Praxis: theory in action. State of New York Press: Albany. ISBN 9781438453118

2013

Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2013) We belong to Glasgow: the thirdspaces of youth 'gangs' and asylum seeker, refugee and migrant groups. In: Phillips, C. and Webster, C. (eds.) New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime. Routledge: Milton Park, pp. 55-79. ISBN 9780415540483

2012

Piacentini, T. (2012) Moving beyond 'refugeeness': problematising the 'refugee community organisation'. TSRC Working Paper Series, 85,

2011

Piacentini, T. (2011) Conference Report: Conference on Human Rights Education & Active Citizenship (The Case for Scotland), Glasgow City Chambers, 27 October 2011. Other. BEMIS, Glasgow, UK.

2009

Ashe, S., Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2009) Introduction. eSharp(Specia), pp. 1-9.

Ashe, S., Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2009) Introduction: Critical Issues in Researching ‘Hidden Communities'. eSharp, Specia, pp. 1-9.

2008

Piacentini, T. (2008) Contesting identities in exile: an exploration of collective self-understanding and solidarity in Refugee Community Organisations in Glasgow. eSharp, 11,

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Number of items: 20.

Articles

Piacentini, T. (2016) On the frontline: what are these places for? Calais Cap and Grande Synthe, France’s official refugee camps. Discover Society, 2016(32), 03 May.

Piacentini, T. (2016) Refugee solidarity in the everyday. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 64, pp. 57-61.

Piacentini, T. (2015) Missing from the picture? migrant and refugee community organizations' responses to poverty and destitution in Glasgow. Community Development Journal, 50(3), pp. 433-447. (doi:10.1093/cdj/bsu047)

Piacentini, T. (2012) Moving beyond 'refugeeness': problematising the 'refugee community organisation'. TSRC Working Paper Series, 85,

Ashe, S., Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2009) Introduction. eSharp(Specia), pp. 1-9.

Ashe, S., Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2009) Introduction: Critical Issues in Researching ‘Hidden Communities'. eSharp, Specia, pp. 1-9.

Piacentini, T. (2008) Contesting identities in exile: an exploration of collective self-understanding and solidarity in Refugee Community Organisations in Glasgow. eSharp, 11,

Book Sections

Piacentini, T. (2017) ‘More than a refugee community organisation’: a study of African migrant associations in Glasgow. In: McCabe, A. and Phillimore, J. (eds.) Community Groups in Context: Local Activities and Actions. Series: Third sector research series. Policy Press. ISBN 9781447327813

Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2014) We belong to Glasgow: the thirdspaces of youth ‘gangs’ and asylum seeker, refugee and migrant groups. In: Phillips, C. and Webster, C. (eds.) New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 55-79. ISBN 9780415540490

Piacentini, T. (2014) Everyday acts of resistance: the precarious lives of asylum seekers in Glasgow. In: Marciniak, K. and Tyler, I. (eds.) Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent. Series: Praxis: theory in action. State of New York Press: Albany. ISBN 9781438453118

Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2013) We belong to Glasgow: the thirdspaces of youth 'gangs' and asylum seeker, refugee and migrant groups. In: Phillips, C. and Webster, C. (eds.) New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime. Routledge: Milton Park, pp. 55-79. ISBN 9780415540483

Book Reviews

Piacentini, T. (2017) Vulnerability, exploitation and migrants: insecure work in a globalised economy. Community Development Journal, 52(1), pp. 213-216. (doi:10.1093/cdj/bsw054) [Book Review]

Piacentini, T. (2016) Sans Papiers: The Social and Economic Lives of Young Undocumented Migrants. Alice Bloch, Nando Sigona and Roger Zetter. Media Education Journal, 60, pp. 58-59. [Book Review]

Piacentini, T. (2014) Critical review essay of: Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health in Multicultural Societies: Foundations for Better Epidemiology, Public Health, and Health Care, 2nd edition, by Raj S. Bhopal. Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 3(2), pp. 189-194. [Book Review]

Piacentini, T. (2014) Review of: Raj S. Bhopal (2014) Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health in Multicultural Societies: Foundations for Better Epidemiology, Public Health, and Health Care. Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 3(2), [Book Review]

Research Reports or Papers

Piacentini, T. (2011) Conference Report: Conference on Human Rights Education & Active Citizenship (The Case for Scotland), Glasgow City Chambers, 27 October 2011. Other. BEMIS, Glasgow, UK.

Website

Piacentini, T. and Fraser, A. (2016) Back to Back: Revisiting Ethnographies Past, Present and Future. [Website]

Piacentini, T. (2015) Drowning at Sea, Washed Up Bodies, Body Bags and Coffins: The New Normal. [Website]

Piacentini, T. (2015) From Calais to Kent, what is wrong with how we are talking about the migrant crisis? [Website]

Piacentini, T. (2015) From invading to marauding: What is wrong with how we are talking about the present migrant crisis? [Website]

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