Blog Posts & Media Articles


From celebration to public policy: International Mother Language Day as a civic identity badge, Manchester Policy Blogs, February 16, 2021 (with Rebecca Tipton and Daniele Viktor Leggio)

A story of storied translation, Manchester Museum blogs, September 30, 2021 (with Rebecca Tipton, Mirela Steel, Maria Jose Ramos and Daniele Viktor Leggio).


A tale of cities: Local diasporas hold a key to strengthening international outreach, Manchester Policy Blogs, May 5, 2020


Do ‘Modern languages’ include ‘Community languages’? A plea for a domestic language policy agenda. Multilingual Manchester blog post, 19/02/2019

Improving the census question on ‘language’ could help repair community relations and Britain’s international image post-Brexit, Manchester Policy Blogs, April 1, 2019


Why embracing language diversity is a key to community cohesion, Manchester Policy Blogs, August 2, 2018

 ‘What is your Main Language?’ In order to engage with policy, Modern Linguists need a vision for society, Cross-Language Dynamics Research Blog, Aug 6, 2018

The taboo temptation: Labour’s euphemistic anti-Semitism, Engage, September 4, 2018

Toward a language and culture based Locality Studies, Cross-Language Dynamics Research Blog, Sep 17, 2018

Opportunity lost? Why cultural and linguistic diversity are key, in the quest for community cohesion. Reflections on Cohesion. Manchester Policy Blogs, Sept 2018.


Multilingual Manchester: Planning for language diversity, Manchester Policy Blogs, March 10, 2017

Modern languages: four reforms to reclaim the future of our discipline (with Stephen Hutchings), THE, June 26, 2017

Open World Research: Aesthetics and practicalities of crossing boundaries, Cross-Language Dynamics Research Blog, Jul 11, 2017

Why language statistics might be misleading, Manchester Policy Blogs, July 27, 2017


Do Roma need protection from themselves? The Council of Europe comes under fire from academics for reinforcing prejudice. European Academic Network on Romani Studies, 21.03.2016; and Romea 24.03.2016

The case against Linguaphobia, Manchester Policy Blogs, September 29, 2016


Between political subjects and artistic performers: Will the European Roma Institute really help Europe’s Roma? European Academic Network on Romani Studies, 14.04.2015

EU initiative risks turning Roma into entertainers, not real people with human rights, The Conversation, April 15, 2015

Why plans for a European Roma Institute might be a setback for Europe’s Roma. LSE European Politics and Policy blog. April 16, 2015.

Counting Roma: The ethical dilemma. Manchester Policy Blogs, May 20, 2015


A Roma reality check, The Guardian, 12 Feb 2014

Who benefits from National Roma Integration Strategies? European Academic Network on Romani Studies, 15.07.2014


Our politicians must stop scapegoating Roma community, Manchester Policy Blogs, November 18, 2013

Ignore the scare tactics – Roma integration is hard but worth it, The Conversation, December 4, 2013

As migration debate rages, look to Manchester for integration inspiration, Manchester Policy Blogs, December 23, 2013


Biting the apple of cultural diversity: When “appropriate communication” becomes a matter of perspective. University of Manchester Equality & Diversity Documents.