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Federico Farini

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Dr Farini’s academic background is rooted in Social Sciences, with a PhD in Sociology of Intercultural Communication (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 2008), MA in Social Anthropology (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 2005) and a second MA in Social History (University of Bologna, 2002). He worked as a Researcher and Lecturer in Sociology of Education, Childhood Studies, Youth Studies and Intercultural communication at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (2005-2013) and as Research Fellow at the University of Urbino (Sociology) and University of Bologna (Early Modern History).

Between 2013 and 2015 Dr Farini worked as Research Fellow and Lecturer in Education at Middlesex University in London, where he was a founding member of the Centre for Educational Research and Leadership. Before Joining the University of Northampton, Dr Farini worked as Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Early Childhood at University of Suffolk. Dr Farini is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

For more than 15 years, several successful research bids have made it possible for Dr Farini to apply knowledge and skills to empirical investigations. He has been researching professionally through national and international projects in fields of Sociology of Intercultural Communication, Cultural Sociology, Globalization Theories, Social Theory, Communication Studies, Sociology of Education, Youth and Childhood studies, Policy evaluation, and the sociolinguistic analysis of interaction. Other areas of expertise concern Equality and Social Justice in access to education and healthcare, Sociology of Conflict and Peace Studies. 

Dr Farini takes pride in the commitment to positive impact on communities that characterises his research and teaching. Since 2003, he has been researching and developing training opportunities within projects supported by European and national Agencies, regional and Local Authorities. Dr Farini’s research concerns the inclusion of migrant children and young people in education, youth subcultures and cultural studies, migrant-friendly services, conflict management, intercultural education, client-centred interpreting in healthcare and education, and the role of digital media in the diffusion of knowledge. 

Dr Farini also had an important role in planning and managing the Centre for Educational Research and Scholarship (CERS) at Middlesex University, leading the Special Interest Group Network (SIGN), ‘Childhood and Society’ for two years, optimising resources and expertise while securing the active involvement of academics, professionals, students and stakeholders.

Dr Farini has authored numerous successful research bids (for an estimated amount of £530,000 directly attributable to him). The most recent succesful bids consist in two EU-funded research project. The first project, to begin in January 2019 is 'Children Hybrid Integration: Learning Dialogue as a way of Upgrading Policies of Participation' (Child-UP, Horizon2020,  MIGRATION-05-2018). Child-UP is a complex project including: a review of existing, national integration policies and legislation across all partner countries; a survey of migrant children and their parents to gauge their experiences of schools, interviews with parents and teachers about how they perceive the education relationship and practice observation looking at the teaching styles, and programmes of activities to support migrant children’s integration in schools.The second project   ‘Shared Memories for Dialogues’ (SHARMED, Erasmus+ KA3) was complerted in December 2018. SHARMED aims to promote the inclusion of migrant-background children in the classroom, linking to both intercultural education and the use of digital technology. Using visual material and digital technologies, SHARMED encourages children’s work on their personal and cultural memories, promoting children’s participation in telling and negotiating stories.

In 2015 Dr Farini worked with the London Borough of Waltham Forest towards the development of Leyton Jubilee Park as a meeting place for a multicultural community. Earlier in his career, Dr Farini was the principal investigator and advisor within an EU-funded project under the program ‘Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, 2007-2013’. The Project (‘Local Forums for Participatory Democracy’) offered the opportunity to research on the impact of digital media on social participation and in the dissemination of knowledge(s) among children and adolescents.

Dr Farini is currently a member of the European Research Network Trust dynamics in the governance of children and youth (Roskilde University, Denmark). In 2014 he was elected as vice-president of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 25, Language in Society and editor of its peer-reviewed journal, ‘Language, Discourse and Society’. Some of his professional memberships include the British Educational Research Association, British Sociological Association, European Sociological Association, International Association of Dialogue Analysis, International Pragmatics Association, Society of Science and Technology Studies.

In 2014 Dr Farini was appointed by the Swiss Government as reviewer for research projects under the COST European Co-operation in the Field of Science and Technology framework. 

Teaching Interests

Dr Farini’s expertise in social research is a resource for his teaching. He has taught Research Methods on modules across all undergraduate and postgraduate levels, while supervising undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD dissertation projects. Dr Farini has a rich experience in teaching research methods to students who are not (yet) familiar with the epistemology of social sciences.

Dr Farini has taught 15 modules across all undergraduate and postgraduate levels in English HE institutions, taking responsibilities as co-leader or leader for most of them. He has developed several new modules and been involved in the re-validation of BA and MA programmes. Dr Farini’s profile as a professional educator is further reinforced by his experiences as an external examiner for BA programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University, St. Mark and St. John University in Plymouth and Sheffield Hallam University.

Dr Farini’s contribution to the research capacity of his institutions also includes supervision of doctoral students, following Director of Studies Training at Middlesex University, and recognition of qualification as a Primary PhD supervisor granted by Essex University and East Anglia University. Recently, he has successfully completed further PhD supervision training at Essex University and University of Suffolk.


PhD Supervision (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

Natacha S.A. Niemants, Supervisor, 2009-2012, PhD in Translation Studies

Chiara Ballestri, Supervisor,2011-2013, PhD in Sociology

 PhD Supervision (Middlesex University)

Amira Ghaffour, First Supervisor, 2015-, PhD in Intercultural Education

Evelyn Corrado, Second Supervisor, 2014-, PhD in Sociology of Education

Angela Scollan, Second Supervisor, 2014-, PhD in Children’s Rights

PhD Supervision (University of Suffolk in partnership with University of Essex and East Anglia University)

Kate Sida-Nicholls, Principal Supervisor, 2016-, PhD in Organisation Studies

PhD Supervision (University of Northampton)

Jacqueline White, First Supervisor, 2017-

Melissa Symonds, Director of Studies, 2018-


University of Suffolk, PhD Primary Supervisor Qualification, 2016

University of Essex and  East Anglia University, PhD Primary Supervisor Qualification, 2015

Middlesex University, PhD Director of Studies for Qualification, 2014

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education Academy

Award Date: 11 Mar 2015

Master, University of Bologna

PhD, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Master, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

External positions

Member of REPRISE (Register of Scientific Experts), Reviewer for Research Projects, section ‘Fundamental Research’, Ministry for University and Scientific Research

2018 → …

Reviewer for the Newton Prize, UK-based project in partnership with South-American countries, UNESCO

2018 → …

International member of the PhD Studies Committee for the School of Human and Social Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

2017 → …

Reviewer for Coopération européenne dans le domaine de la recherche Scientifique et Technique (COST, European Co-operation in the Field of Science and Technology) framework, European Commission

2014 → …

, Reviewer for Research Projects , Swiss National Science Foundation SNF

2014 → …


  • HM Sociology
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
  • GN Anthropology


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