Dr Teresa Piacentini

  • Lecturer (Sociology)

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

Research interests

I am an experienced researcher, teacher and activist and have spent most of my professional and academic career teaching and researching about the experiences of 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. This includes assocational practices; access to services; mobilisation practices; solidarity and resistance; interpreting and translation.

Prior to my PhD (2012) I worked for ten years as a community interpreting Scotland, working with asylum seekers and refugees and with a range of public sector and third sector agencies.  

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

I am interested in developing critical pedagogical practice around the teaching of migration in the political now.  http://www.criticalpedagogymigration.wordpress.com/


Grants

  • "Rethinking the Teaching of Migration in the Political Now!" One-day workshop, University of Glasgow, Sociology Incentivisation Fund
  • "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

PhD supervision

I welcome any enquiries for PhD supervision around asylum migration, experiences and practices of settlement, bordering, resistance and community mobilisation.

Postgraduate Dissertation Supervision

  • MSc/MRes Global Migrations and Social Justice
  • 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)

Masters

  • contributor to Global Migrations: Structures, Histories, Experiences

 Programme Lead

  • MSc / MRes Global Migrations & Social Justice

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

Knowledge Exchange

  • Co-Convenor and Steering Group Member of GRAMNet, University of Glasgow Refugee, Aslyum and Migration Research Network

  • 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)
  • 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)

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.

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


Publications

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Number of items: 23.

2019

Piacentini, T. (2019) Language learning and unlearning in ethnographic fieldwork: ‘speaking asylum’ and ‘doing small talk’. In: Gibb, R., Tremllet, J. and Danero Iglesias, J. (eds.) Learning and Using Languages in Ethnographic Research. Multilingual Matters. (Accepted for Publication)

Piacentini, T., O'Donnell, C. , Phipps, A. , Jackson, I. and Stack, N. (2019) Moving beyond the ‘language problem’: developing an understanding of the intersections of health, language and immigration status in interpreter-mediated health encounters. Language and Intercultural Communication, 9(3), pp. 256-271. (doi:10.1080/14708477.2018.1486409)

2018

Piacentini, T. (2018) Refugee and asylum seeker organisations in Scotland since 2012: reflections and future directions. In: McCabe, A. (ed.) Ten Years Below the Radar: Reflections on Voluntary and Community Action 2008-2018. Series: TSRC Working Papers (143). Third Sector Research Centre: Birmingham, pp. 36-39.

Piacentini, T. (2018) African migrants, asylum seekers and refugees: tales of settling in Scotland, 2000-2015. In: Devine, T. M. and McCarthy, A. (eds.) New Scots: Scotland’s Immigrant Communities since 1945. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474437882 (In Press)

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, pp. 192-209. 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: 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: 23.

Articles

Piacentini, T., O'Donnell, C. , Phipps, A. , Jackson, I. and Stack, N. (2019) Moving beyond the ‘language problem’: developing an understanding of the intersections of health, language and immigration status in interpreter-mediated health encounters. Language and Intercultural Communication, 9(3), pp. 256-271. (doi:10.1080/14708477.2018.1486409)

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: 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. (2019) Language learning and unlearning in ethnographic fieldwork: ‘speaking asylum’ and ‘doing small talk’. In: Gibb, R., Tremllet, J. and Danero Iglesias, J. (eds.) Learning and Using Languages in Ethnographic Research. Multilingual Matters. (Accepted for Publication)

Piacentini, T. (2018) Refugee and asylum seeker organisations in Scotland since 2012: reflections and future directions. In: McCabe, A. (ed.) Ten Years Below the Radar: Reflections on Voluntary and Community Action 2008-2018. Series: TSRC Working Papers (143). Third Sector Research Centre: Birmingham, pp. 36-39.

Piacentini, T. (2018) African migrants, asylum seekers and refugees: tales of settling in Scotland, 2000-2015. In: Devine, T. M. and McCarthy, A. (eds.) New Scots: Scotland’s Immigrant Communities since 1945. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474437882 (In Press)

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, pp. 192-209. 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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