Dr Teresa Piacentini

  • Senior Lecturer (Sociology)

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

Room 1004, Adam Smith Building, Glasgow, G12 Hrt

Import to contacts

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9180-7752

Research interests

KEY AREAS OF INTEREST: MIGRATION AND BORDERING, ASYLUM AND REFUGEES, SETTLEMENT AND BELONGING, SOLIDARITY AND RESISTANCE

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

My teaching and research interests lie in the broad field of migration studies covering the various aspects of social, cultural and political life affecting people's experiences of making Scotland their home. I research and teach about  ‘settlement’, belonging and a critical engagement with what we mean by 'integration'. My interests extends to associational practices; access to services; community mobilisation practices; solidarity and resistance; interpreting and translation.

three interlinked areas are central to my work:

(1) everyday bordering practices as they relate to people in the asylum process and refugees,

(2) the creation and development of spaces of solidarity and resistance to bordering within refugee populations and grass roots / third sector organisations.

(3) developing critical pedagogical practice around the teaching of migration in the political now.  http://www.criticalpedagogymigration.wordpress.com/

Publications

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Number of items: 35.

2024

Piacentini, T. (2024) Developing a Critical Pedagogy of Migration Studies: Ethics, Politics and Practice in the Classroom. Bristol University Press: Bristol. ISBN 9781529227161 (In Press)

2023

Piacentini, T. , Akhtar, S. , Mullen, A. and Mulvey, G. (2023) "It’s not like it just happened that day": Anti-racist solidarity in two Glasgow neighbourhoods. In: Poulakidakos, S., Veneti, A. and Rovisco, M. (eds.) Social Movements and Everyday Acts of Resistance: Solidarity in a Changing World. Routledge, pp. 72-86. ISBN 9781032201887

Piacentini, T. , Gilmour, M., Joy, A. and Aksu, P. (2023) “How about asylum seekers who are homeless?” The racialised logics behind State designed strategies of containment and control during Covid-19 and anti-racist alternatives: a Glasgow case study. International Journal on Homelessness, 3(1), pp. 2-16. (doi: 10.5206/ijoh.2022.2.14969)

Piacentini, T. (2023) An uncomfortable classroom: the power of politics in pedagogy. [Website]

2022

Burns, N. , Mulvey, G. , Piacentini, T. and Vidal, N. (2022) Refugees, political bounding and the pandemic: material effects and experiences of categorisations amongst refugees in Scotland. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 48(17), pp. 4066-4084. (doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2022.2058471)

Piacentini, T. , Ohtani, E. and Clark, C. (2022) Manifesto for Change: Critical pedagogy for teaching and researching migration in the political now! National Teaching Repository (doi: 10.25416/NTR.20987374.v1)

Joy, A., Piacentini, T. , Gilmour, M. and Aksu, P. (2022) Safe in Scotland: A pandemic-era alternative to institutional asylum accommodation. [Website]

Gilmour, M., Aksu, P., Piacentini, T. and Joy, A. (2022) Destitution, hotels, and pandemic responses to asylum housing in Glasgow, Scotland. [Website]

Piacentini, T. , Mirza, N. and Gilmour, M. (2022) Challenges of language, accessibility and ethics when conducting digital interviews in the virtual space. In: SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online. SAGE Publishing. ISBN 9781529601305 (doi: 10.4135/9781529601305)

2021

Kerr, A. , Piacentini, T. , Millar, D., Aksu, P. and Mainwaring, C. (2021) Communities, Identity and Borders: What does the Kenmure Street Protest tell us about belonging to Glasgow? [Audio]

2020

Armstrong, S. et al. (2020) Left out and locked down: impacts of COVID-19 for marginalised groups in Scotland. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland.

Mainwaring, Ċ. , Mulvey, G. , Piacentini, T. , Hales, S. and Lamb, R. (2020) Migrant solidarity work in times of ‘crisis’: Glasgow and the politics of place. Nordic Journal of Migration Studies, 10(4), pp. 74-89. (doi: 10.33134/njmr.343)

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, pp. 83-96. ISBN 9781788925914

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. Series: Studies in Scottish and Irish migration. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 176-204. ISBN 9781474437875

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,

This list was generated on Mon May 27 04:35:42 2024 BST.
Number of items: 35.

Articles

Piacentini, T. , Gilmour, M., Joy, A. and Aksu, P. (2023) “How about asylum seekers who are homeless?” The racialised logics behind State designed strategies of containment and control during Covid-19 and anti-racist alternatives: a Glasgow case study. International Journal on Homelessness, 3(1), pp. 2-16. (doi: 10.5206/ijoh.2022.2.14969)

Burns, N. , Mulvey, G. , Piacentini, T. and Vidal, N. (2022) Refugees, political bounding and the pandemic: material effects and experiences of categorisations amongst refugees in Scotland. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 48(17), pp. 4066-4084. (doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2022.2058471)

Mainwaring, Ċ. , Mulvey, G. , Piacentini, T. , Hales, S. and Lamb, R. (2020) Migrant solidarity work in times of ‘crisis’: Glasgow and the politics of place. Nordic Journal of Migration Studies, 10(4), pp. 74-89. (doi: 10.33134/njmr.343)

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,

Books

Piacentini, T. (2024) Developing a Critical Pedagogy of Migration Studies: Ethics, Politics and Practice in the Classroom. Bristol University Press: Bristol. ISBN 9781529227161 (In Press)

Book Sections

Piacentini, T. , Akhtar, S. , Mullen, A. and Mulvey, G. (2023) "It’s not like it just happened that day": Anti-racist solidarity in two Glasgow neighbourhoods. In: Poulakidakos, S., Veneti, A. and Rovisco, M. (eds.) Social Movements and Everyday Acts of Resistance: Solidarity in a Changing World. Routledge, pp. 72-86. ISBN 9781032201887

Piacentini, T. , Mirza, N. and Gilmour, M. (2022) Challenges of language, accessibility and ethics when conducting digital interviews in the virtual space. In: SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online. SAGE Publishing. ISBN 9781529601305 (doi: 10.4135/9781529601305)

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, pp. 83-96. ISBN 9781788925914

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. Series: Studies in Scottish and Irish migration. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 176-204. ISBN 9781474437875

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

Armstrong, S. et al. (2020) Left out and locked down: impacts of COVID-19 for marginalised groups in Scotland. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland.

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.

Conference or Workshop Item

Piacentini, T. , Ohtani, E. and Clark, C. (2022) Manifesto for Change: Critical pedagogy for teaching and researching migration in the political now! National Teaching Repository (doi: 10.25416/NTR.20987374.v1)

Audio

Kerr, A. , Piacentini, T. , Millar, D., Aksu, P. and Mainwaring, C. (2021) Communities, Identity and Borders: What does the Kenmure Street Protest tell us about belonging to Glasgow? [Audio]

Website

Piacentini, T. (2023) An uncomfortable classroom: the power of politics in pedagogy. [Website]

Joy, A., Piacentini, T. , Gilmour, M. and Aksu, P. (2022) Safe in Scotland: A pandemic-era alternative to institutional asylum accommodation. [Website]

Gilmour, M., Aksu, P., Piacentini, T. and Joy, A. (2022) Destitution, hotels, and pandemic responses to asylum housing in Glasgow, Scotland. [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]

This list was generated on Mon May 27 04:35:42 2024 BST.

Grants

Scotland in Lockdown (Co-I) (2020) Social and health impacts of COVID-19 suppression in vulnerable groups, £186,869  Chief Scientist Office of Scotland Funded Research under Rapid Covid-19  

 The worlding classroom: connecting places, disciplines and positionalities to discuss migration, asylum and borders. (PI)  (2019) £14,480, Glasgow-Radboud Fund, University of Glasgow   

Rethinking the researching and teaching of migration in the political now! One-day workshop. June 2018. £850.00  Funder: Sociology Incentivisation Fund, University of Glasgow   

"Experience of camp/non-camp displacement: building learning from Jordan to build learning in Jordan". (PI) Feb 2017. £6235.00. Funder: SFC-GCRF  

"Improving Interpreting Practice in Healthcare Settings". (PI) University of Glasgow. Project Partners NHSGGC Equalities. September 2016. £5463.12. Funder: ESRC-IAA 

Supervision

PhD supervision

I welcome any enquiries for PhD supervision around asylum and refugee migration, experiences and practices of settlement, borders and bordering, solidarity, resistance and community mobilisation, detention, race and racialisaion in relation to migration.

Postgraduate Dissertation Supervision

  • MSc/MRes Global Migrations and Social Justice
  • MSc/MRes Sociology and Research Methods

Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision

  • Single & Joint Honours Sociology
  • Balasingham, Harishankar
    Exploring the unheard voices of Sri Lankan Tamil youth
  • Mitha, Karim
    Identity, resilience, and mental health amongst Muslims in Scotland
  • Yin, Zhaowei
    Hybrid identity of second-generation British Chinese middle class

Teaching

Honours teaching

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

Masters

  • contributor to Global Migrations: Structures, Histories, Experiences

 

Additional information

Research Projects

Scotland in Lockdown

Scotland in Lockdown | How have Covid-19 measures affected your life?

This is the website of the study: “Health and social impacts of Covid-19 in Scotland” also known as Scotland in Lockdown. It was funded by the Chief Scientist Office (Scottish Government) and conducted by researchers at Glasgow University. The study was carried out between July and December 2020 and sought to understand how Covid-19 restrictions affected people in groups already facing isolation and exclusion.

 

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