This project aimed to make an impact at the highest levels of politics and strategy, and to have relevance for the lives of groups and individuals in local communities. Our approach to impact worked through synthesis of theory and practice, and was informed by engaged scholarship and co-creation of knowledge. This approach relied on collaboration with networks of user communities, and involved research participants at all stages of the research.

Formal partnerships were a key means of ensuring the visibility and impact of the research. They collaborated in the research planning and analysis throughout the project and contributed to showcase events where they worked in partnership with national and international academic researchers within and beyond the Translating Cultures programme, engaging in analysis and discussion of emergent themes and outcomes.

Examples of engagement work:



Partner organisations

The research team worked closely with the following partner organisations and research centres and institutes  to disseminate the research.

Birmingham Museums Trust 
Birmingham Museums is responsible for governing and managing the museum sites and collections owned by Birmingham City Council. It focuses on sustaining and developing key partnerships within the city and beyond, in order to deliver high quality, audience – focused museum services.

Business in the Community 
Business in the Community stands for responsible business. We are a unique business movement committed to building resilient communities, diverse workplaces and a more sustainable future.

Law Centres Network 
Law Centres Network is the national membership body of Law Centres, which are not-for-profit legal practices working with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society. LCN is the national voice of Law Centres and their clients and communities, representing them at all levels of government and in other national forums.

The Library of Birmingham 
This new library will re define the purpose of libraries in the 21st century, by creating a world-class library that is highly responsive to need in a rapidly changing world.

Migrants’ Rights Network 
This network is a national NGO working and campaigning in support of migrants in the UK. MRN brings  together migrant support organizations, academics, and public sector representatives to advocate for a rights – based approach towards migration in the UK. MRN provides the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration.

Sporting Equals 
Sporting Equals is the only national organisation working to increase ethnic diversity across sport and physical activity. SE has partnership agreements and affiliations with the leading sports governing bodies, and strong links with NHS agencies addressing health inequalities in society.

Women & Theatre

Women & Theatre is an award winning Birmingham-based theatre company that has been pioneering new ways of addressing contemporary issues through performance since 1983. It aims to reflect the language and lives of ordinary people, giving voices to those not usually heard.

An example of TLANG’s collaboration with Women & Theatre can be found in the short film below:

Research Centres and Institutes

The Babylon Center for the Study of Superdiversity
This centre, based in Tilburg University, focuses on the study of linguistic, cultural and religious diversity, as characteristics of the multicultural society. It focuses on interdisciplinary and collective research efforts, in an attempt to explore the limits of current disciplinary frameworks.

The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)
IRiS is based in the University of Birmingham and it works to advance and promote the University’s expertise in the emerging field of superdiversity. They are the first institute in the UK and one of the first globally to focus on superdiversity.

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
The Institute is primarily concerned with research into various forms of diversity. Through wide-ranging empirical studies and by developing theoretical concepts, this Göttingen-based Institute seeks to broaden our understanding of issues of human coexistence.

The MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism
MOSAIC is a research centre based in the University of Birmingham for the development of new, interdisciplinary lines of enquiry related to bilingualism/multilingualism, multilingual literacy, bilingual education, second language learning and contemporary discourses about linguistic and cultural diversity.

Centre for Multilingualism in Society Across the Lifespan (MultiLing) 
Today’s global mobility and technological advancements lead to increased cultural and linguistic flows and exchanges. MultiLing, which is based in the University of Oslo, will generate state-of-the-art scientific knowledge on the linguistic consequences of
globalization.