Jan 24, 2021

Multilingualism and Mobility in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres


It is frequently claimed that linguistic and cultural diversity present challenges in contemporary societies. This diversity also presents opportunities, including ways that multilingualism can function as a bridge for intercultural encounters and intergenerational relations. Projects by network members highlight some of the benefits of linguistic and cultural diversity, and thus have potential to productively shape education and migration policies.

The relationship between language and culture is central to our understanding of migration discourses and experiences. We approach the WUN Global Challenge of Understanding Cultures by taking the interface between Multilingualism and Mobility as our departure point. To advance our broader understandings of Multilingualism and Mobility, network members will share and synthesise findings based on local projects framed by four key points of orientation:

  • Language and cultural heritage
  • Language and social networks
  • Language and education
  • Language policy and migration

Visit the Multilingualism & Mobility in the Northern & Southern Hemispheres website


Academic publications


  • Horner, K. and J. Dailey-O’Cain (2019) Multilingualism, (Im)mobilities and Spaces of Belonging. Bristol: Multilingual Matters


  • Horner, Kristine (Sheffield) and J. Dailey-O’Cain (Alberta) (eds): Multilingualism and (Im)mobilities: Language, Identity and Power. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Who's involved

Dr Jennifer Dailey-O’Cain, University of Alberta

Associate Professor Jordan Lachler, University of Alberta

Dr Elaine Ballard, The University of Auckland

Associate Professor Louisa Buckingham, The University of Auckland

Dr Mi Yung Park, The University of Auckland

Dr James Hawkey, University of Bristol

Ming-yue (Michelle) Gu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Xiaoyan (Grace) Guo, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Professor Mike Baynham, University of Leeds

Dr Louise Harvey, University of Leeds

Dr James Simpson, University of Leeds

Associate Professor Lauren Wagner, Maastricht University

Dr John Bellamy, The University of Sheffield

Dr Andrew Frank Bradley, The University of Sheffield

Frieda Coetzee, The University of Sheffield

Dr Mark Payne, The University of Sheffield

Dr Audrey Small, The University of Sheffield

Professor Clare Mar-Molinero, University of Southampton

Dr Darren Paffey, University of Southampton

Dr Adriana Patino, University of Southampton

Professor Patrick Stevenson, University of Southampton

Dr Xiaodong (Wes) Lin, University of York