Principal Investigator: Federico M. Federici

Federico M. Federici is a Professor of Intercultural Crisis Communication, at the Centre for Translation Studies,  University College London. His research to date has focused on translators and interpreters as intercultural mediators, on translators working in crises, and on reception of translated text.  


Co-Investigator: Andrea Ciribuco

Andrea Ciribuco is a Lecturer in Italian at the University of Galway, Ireland. He completed his PhD at the National University of Ireland in Galway in 2016, with a thesis on the works of Italian American author and translator Emanuel Carnevali (which later became the monograph The Autobiography of a Language, published in 2019 by SUNY Press). Between 2017 and 2021, he conducted a project, co-funded by the Irish Research Council and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, on the experience of language learning and translation in the lives of asylum seekers in Italy.  

As Co-Investigator in STRIVE, Andrea will contribute to the creation and dissemination of a questionnaire on migrants’ attitude towards vaccination; and he will conduct and coordinate a study on the practice of non-professional translation by activists and NGOs, and how it can reduce vaccination inequalities among migrants.


Co-Applicant: Rachele Antonini

Rachele Antonini is an associate professor at Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, Italy. Her research interests span from sociolinguistics to humour studies, audiovisual translation, and non-professional interpreting and translation (child language brokering). She is involved in national and international research projects focusing on language brokers and access to information among migrant communities in Emilia Romagna.


Co-Applicant: Chiara Bucaria

Chiara Bucaria is an associate professor of English language and translation at the Department of Interpretation and Translation of  Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna, Italy.  Her main research interests include the translation of audiovisual products, censorship and textual manipulation, dark and taboo humour, and language brokering. She has been involved in research projects focusing on language brokers in Emilia Romagna.  

Postdoctoral Research Consultant: Valeria Reggi

Valeria Reggi is an adjunct professor and tutor at the University of Bologna. She is a discourse analyst and a translator: she holds a PhD from the Centre for Translation (CenTraS) of University College London and a specialization in literary translation from the University of Venice, Italy. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Media Ecology journal New Explorations: Studies in Culture and Communication (University of Toronto). Valeria Reggi specialises in qualitative discourse analysis, with a focus on multimodality. Her research interests include populism, nationalism, stereotyping, and misinformation.


Research Assistant: Federica Laricchia

Federica Laricchia completed her MA degree Translation and Culture at UCL (2021), with a focus on crisis translation and translation technologies. Her MA dissertation analysed and discussed the crisis communication strategies undertaken during the COVID-19 public health campaign of 2020 - 2021 in Italy addressing the informational needs of multilingual communities living in the country. 

As a STRIVE research assistant, she will work as an interviewer and data analyst. She will conduct interviews with relevant stakeholders involved in the migrants’ vaccination campaign in order to understand how language and culture barriers might affect linguistic and ethnic minorities’ attitudes towards vaccines. 

Research Assistant: Michela Di Cosimo

Michela Di Cosimo is a freelance translator. She completed her MSc in specialised translation at UCL (2020), with a focus on medical, scientific and technical translation. In particular, her thesis focused on the subject of crisis and emergency translation in relation to the COVID-19 health emergency.

Research Assistant: Claudio Contento 

Claudio is an environmental economist and data analyst. He graduated with an MSc in Economics and Policy of the Energy and the Environment at UCL (2021), where he now works as a Programme and Teaching Assistant. He contributed to the STRIVE Project by gathering and cleaning the data on foreign nationalities and languages across Rome and Emilia Romagna.

Advisory Board

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David E. Alexander 

University College London, UK

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Patrick Cadwell

Dublin City University, Ireland

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William Low

GIS specialist, UK
Save the Children UK

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María Soledad Montañez

Institute of Modern Languages Research,
University of London, UK

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→ Gianluca Pescaroli

University College London, UK

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Sharon O'Brien

Dublin City University, Ireland