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25 August: Lecture – Approaching the value of linguistic diversity

Lecture by Professor François Grin, University of Geneva.

Information about the lecture

This lecture provides a general introduction to the economic approach to linguistic diversity: 

  • Can we say that linguistic diversity carries value in an economic sense? 
  • What concepts do we need to establish this claim, and how can it be applied to choices regarding linguistic diversity? 

We will look at how this question can be approached and review a set of key concepts. We will compare and assess 3 alternative economic reasons for promoting specific languages as components of diversity. We will then move on to the contribution of diversity to well-being.

The two main goals of this lecture are:

  • to present a set of analytical tools that can be applied to a range of questions 
  • to encourage discussion on the economic value of linguistic diversity.

Professor François Grin

Professor François Grin teaches economics and diversity management at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting of the University of Geneva. He has previously held teaching and research positions at the University of Montréal and the University of Washington (Seattle).

He has served as Deputy Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) in Flensburg, Germany, and as Adjunct Director of the Education Research Unit (SRED) of the Geneva Department of Education. François Grin has specialised in language economics, education economics, and policy evaluation.

He is the author of over 250 articles, books, chapters of books and published reports, and has steered several large-scale research projects for research agencies and international organisations. He advises national and regional governments on language policy issues. He is the also coordinator of the MIME (Mobility and Inclusion in Multilingual Europe, 2014 to 2018) research project, which brings together 25 teams from 16 countries with financing from the European Commission.

Where and when

The lecture will be held on Thursday 25 August. 

Room H1-44, UniSA Magill Campus
H Building, St Bernards Road Magill

​Please arrive at 4.30pm for a 5.00pm start.


Please kate.loechel [at] unisa.edu.au (subject: RSVP%20Francois%20Grin%20lecture%2025%20August) (RSVP via email) by 19 August


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