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Dr Mariachiara Barzotto

Dr Mariachiara Barzotto

Post-Doctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Business and Labour Economics Department

Birmingham Business School – University of Birmingham (UK), @MarieBarzotto

I am Mariachiara Barzotto, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Birmingham Business School. I obtained my Ph.D. degree in Management from Ca’ Foscari University Venice (Italy) in 2014. Before joining the Business School, I worked as a research fellow at Ca’ Foscari University Venice and was visiting Ph.D. student and research collaborator at Cass Business School – City University London (UK).

My research interests and work experience focus on international competitiveness as well as regional economic development, with a particular focus on skills and employment in advanced economies.

I have started my career in academia trying to understand what are the effective education programmes that should be implemented to: i) increase the employment rate, and ii) provide workforce with skill sets needed in the labour market. The final aim of my work is to present youngsters the new face of manufacturing and look at this sector from a different perspective. In next future, there will be more than 2 million of jobs unfilled in manufacturing. Emerging cutting-edge technologies are setting new challenges. Millennials should take these challenges and get the opportunity to use their creativity, capabilities and dedication to create the products of the future, for an inclusive world.

Follow my activities

Twitter: @skillupEU
Facebook: SkillUp EU

Dr Paula Pérez Sobrino

Dr Paula Pérez Sobrino

Post-Doctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham (UK), @paulapsobrino

There are images that communicate more than a thousand words, and music that can evoke the same feelings in people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. So after graduating journalism and viola, and doing a MA in Linguistics, I specialised in my doctorate in non-verbal communication. I presume that is the reason why I’m not a regular linguists (if you ask me how many languages I speak I won’t give you a surprising number!). In my research I investigate what has always fascinated me in life: how can we communicate strategically and creatively by using resources that go beyond the words.

Societies are changing rapidly. This change is sometimes so fast that we do not have accurate labels to address new societal issues or needs. This creates problems of communication and understanding, that can be solved with a strategic use of language and images. My role in this project consists in finding adequate and appealing labels for the new jobs created in modern manufacturing, in order to engage in a more efficient way with future professionals in the manufacturing sector.

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EMMA – Exploring Multimodal Metaphor in Advertising
Twitter: @paulapsobrino, @MetaphorInAds