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  • Commissioner for Language Policy: Mireia Trenchs Parera

Postal address

Universitat Pompeu Fabra 
Edifici Mercè
Carrer de la Mercè 12 
08002 Barcelona


Phone number: 93 542 20 00
E-Mail: [email protected]


The commissioner for Language Policy has the following powers and tasks delegated, under the coordination of the vice-rector:

  • Define the linguistic criteria for general use at the University.
  • Determine the use of the Catalan language in a multilingual environment.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of the language use policy at the UPF.
  • Establish language training for the PDI service, the PAS service and the students.


Professor of English Studies holding a Chair in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at the Department of Humanities of the UPF, where, since 1993, she has taught English, sociocultural linguistics and discourse analysis (undergraduate Degrees of Humanities and of Global Studies) and in the field of applied and sociocultural linguistics (Masters of Communication and of ESL Teacher Training for Secondary Schools).

As a university administrator, she has been Vice-Chancellor of Teaching and Academic Planning (2013-2017), Dean of the Faculty of Humanities (2008-2013), Interuniversity Coordinator of the Master's Degree in ESL Teacher Training for Secondary Schools (2007), Coordinator of the Program of Special Academic Activities (2003-2007), Vice-Dean (2000-2003) and Faculty Coordinador (Language and Literature section) of the Department of Humanities (2018-2020).

Principal researcher of GREILI-UPF (Research Group on Intercultural Spaces, Languages ​​and Identities) and researcher of the consolidated research group ALLENCAM (Acquisition of Languages ​​from the Multilingual Catalonia). She also belongs to the COST ACTION networks Study Abroad in European Perspective and New Speakers.

Currently, her lines of research include qualitative studies and mixed methods on: (a) ideologies and language practices in multilingual and multicultural contexts, (b) language teaching, acquisition and learning ​​in multilingual and international contexts, and (c) transcultural competence in internationalized educational contexts and stays abroad. She has also researched processes of reading literary texts in a foreign language, as well as the use of technology in language learning and teaching contexts. She has been a principal researcher of six competitive projects  (AEI/FEDER UE-PGC2018-098815-B-I00, FFI2014-52663-P, 2010ARAFI-000017, 2009-ARAFI-00049, 2008AIRE-00018 i 2010ACUP 00344) (see on-going TRANSLINGUAM-UNI project).

Author and editor of books (E-mails a una Mestra, Nuevas Tecnologías para el Autoaprendizaje y la Didáctica de Lenguas and Experiencias de Innovación Docente en la Enseñanza Universitaria de las Humanidades), as well as author of book chapters published in publishers such as John Benjamins, Milenio, Multilingual Matters, Octaedro and  Routledge. She has also published scientific articles in such national and international journals as Language and Linguistic Compass, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Canadian Modern Language Review, Articles de Didàctica de la Llengua i la Literatura, Diálogos Hispánicos, Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada, Atlantis, Temps d’Educació, Treballs de Sociolingüística Catalana, and English for Specific Purposes.