GREIP is a research team in plurilingual education, recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya (autonomous government) since 2005. We work closely with primary, secondary, university teachers and educators in non-formal contexts, school management teams and decision-makers in educational policies. We work with researchers from different parts of the world with the intention of advancing knowledge about language education in the twenty-first century.

What is GREIP?

Founded in the last decade of the 20th century, GREIP (Research Group for Education, Interaction & Plurilingualism) is a team of researchers specializing in multilingual education in formal and non-formal contexts. Throughout its history, the group has established numerous and fruitful collaborations with individuals and research teams from different parts of the world, as well as with primary, secondary, higher education and non-formal educational settings. These partnerships have contributed to the vast knowledge of the GREIP team in many different areas of research in plurilingual education and imbued our team with a passion to continue collaborative, ethnographic sociolinguistic studies, to contribute to theory-building and teaching innovation, and to advance knowledge and practices for inclusive plurilingual didactics (see areas of teaching and research).

We are a competitively funded research group (at both national and international levels) and have received funding from AGAUR (Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca) continuously since 2005.

  • 2021: SGR 00084 (Funding of 60,000€)
  • 2017: SGR 774 (Funding of 36,800€)
  • 2014: SGR 595 (Funding of 30,600€)
  • 2009: SGR 1273 (Funding of 35,200€)
  • 2005: SGR 00330 (Funding of 49,000€)
Who is GREIP?

Research team members

Dr. Eulalia Borràs
Dr. Melinda Dooly (PI)
Dr. Xavier Fontich
Dr. Júlia Llompart
Artur Noguerol
Dr. Artur Noguerol
Dr. Dolors Masats
Dr. Luci Nussbaum
(Founder GREIP, retired)
Dr. Emilee Moore
Dr. Amparo Tusón
Dr. Claudia Vallejo
Dra. Denise Holguín(Margaritas Salas 2023-2025)
Dr. Denise Holguin
(Margarita salas
2023-2025 )
Johanna Buitrago
Research Assistant

Associate members: Dr. Nathaly González-Acevedo, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Mónica López Vera, Escola Purificación Salas i Xandri, Sant Quirze del Vallès i UAB; Maria Mont, Centre de Recursos Pedagògics del Vallès Oriental IV i UAB; Dr. Jordi Pérez Badenas, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Cèlia Pratginestós Pou, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Dr. Berta Torras Vila, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Former members (retired or with posts in other universities or countries: Dr. Victor Corona, University of Lyon; Dr. Anna Czura, University of Wrocław (former Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow); Dr. Mandy Deal, International University of Catalonia; Marta Juanhuix Piqueras, Autonomous University of Barcelona; Dr. Xavier Pascual i Calvo, Official School of Languages; Dr. Adriana Patiño, University of Southampton; Dr. Virginia Unamuno, CONICET.

External Experts (long-term collaboration)
Collaboration with other entities

Other Research Groups:

  • Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion
  • Cercle de Lingüística Aplicada (CLA)
  • Competencia Interlingüística e Intercultural en la Enseñanza y el Aprendizaje de las Lenguas (CILCEAL)
  • Comunicación Intercultural y Estrategias de Negociación (CIEN)
  • Discourse Social Interaction and Translation (DSIT) Lab Workshop
  • Education Futures Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Estudis del Discurs (GED)
  • Hacettepe University Micro Analysis Social Interaction and Learning Research Centre (HUMAN)
  • Llengua, Cultura i Identitat en l’Era Global (IdentiCat)
  • London Knowledge Lab (LKL)
  • Mälardalen INteraction and Didactics (MIND)
  • Multimodality Satellite Research Lab


Education Centres:

Non-formal education entities:

International Cooperation

Throughout its history, GREIP has actively participated in numerous international cooperation projects, primarily in Argentina and Nicaragua.

In Argentina:

  • Bilingual Intercultural Education (EIB) in the Impenetrable (Chaco, Argentina): This project involved the detection, exchange, and dissemination of educational and training experiences.
    • Fundació Autònoma Solidària – 2014-2015
  • Aboriginal Languages and Multilingual Teaching: GREIP conducted a project aimed at diagnosing the situation and providing training for indigenous teachers in Chaco, Argentina.
    • Fundació ‘Autònoma Solidària’ – 2011

In Nicaragua:

Advisory services for the training of bilingual teachers on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, giving seminars; reporting on the sociolinguistic situation of the Miskito language in Bilwi, capital of the region.

  • Fons Català de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament.

Additionally, Melinda Dooly, Dolors Masats, Artur Noguerol, and Luci Nussbaum participated in various editions of the Master of Specific Didactics, which was organized by ICE-UAB and taught at various venues of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua.

Areas of research

Over the years the group has focused its research work on the following areas: plurilingual and multimodal interactive practices; interaction, mediation and language learning; school reception of students of immigrant origin; linguistic socialization and construction of identities; pluralistic approaches to language learning; integrated approaches to language teaching; task-based and project-based language teaching; telecollaboration and the use of technologies in the teaching and learning of languages.

Theoretical and methodological frameworks: Ethnography of communication; interactional sociolinguistics, conversation analysis; ethnomethodology; categorization theory; discursive analysis

Fieldwork: primary, secondary and university educational institutions; face-to-face and virtual non-formal educational environments

Fields of application of the research results: Training of students and teachers of primary, secondary and university levels; school language policies and programmes; plurilingual education

Our history

GREIP was constituted at the end of the 1980s by Dr Amparo Tuson, then coordinated by Dr Luci Nussbaum until 2014. It is currently led by Dr Melinda Dooly. The group was founded with the objective of working in the area of discourse analysis and since then has expanded to many different areas of research related to language teaching and learning. Since its beginning, the group has carried out national and internationally-funded research projects and has had a hand in the development of numerous researchers in plurilinguism and education.

Since 2005, GREIP has been granted the recognition of Consolidated Research Group by the Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca AGAUR from the Generalitat de Catalunya:

Fourth stage as Consolidated Research Group (2017-2019; extension to 2021)

Sponsor: Agencia de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitàries i de Recerca de la Generalitat de Catalunya 2017 SGR 774

Budget: 36.800€

Research leader: Dr Melinda Dooly Owenby

Research team: Dra. Eulàlia Borràs Riba, Dr. Mandy Deal, Dr. Melinda Ann Dooly, Marta Juanhuix Piqueras, Dr. Júlia Llompart, Dr. Dolors Masats Viladoms, María Mont Algamasilla, Dr Emilee Moore, Dr. Xavier Pascual i Calvo, Joan Ploettner, Dr. Amparo Tuson Valls, Claudia Vallejo.

Third stage as Consolidated Research Group (2014-2016)

Sponsor:Agencia de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca – Generalitat de Cataluña 595-SGR 2014

Budget: 30.600€

Research leader: Dr Melinda Dooly

Research team: Dr. Eulàlia Borràs, Dr. Laia Canals, Dr.Melinda Ann Dooly Owenby, Dr. Dolors Masats Viladoms, Dr. Emilee Moore, Dr. Artur Noguerol Rodrigo, Dr. Luci Nussbaum Capdevila, Julia Llompart Esbert, Dr. Xavier  Pascual i Calvo, Dr. Amparo Tuson Valls, Claudia Vallejo

Second stage as Consolidated Research Group 2009-2013

Sponsor:Agencia de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca – Generalitat de Cataluña 1273 SGR 2009

Budget: 35.200 €

Research leader:Dr Luci Nussbaum Capdevila

Research team: Eulàlia Borràs Riba, Víctor Corona Villavicencio, Dr Melinda Ann Dooly Owenby, Dr Cristina Escobar Urmeneta, Natalia Evnitskaya, Dr Dolors Masats Viladoms, Emilee Moore, Dr Artur Noguerol Rodrigo, Dr Luci Nussbaum Capdevila, Dr. Xavier Pascual i Calvo, Dr Amparo Tuson Valls, Dra. Laia Canals, Claudia Vallejo.

First stage as Consolidated Research Group (2005-2008)

Sponsor:Agencia de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca – Generalitat de Cataluña 00330-SGR 2005

Budget:49.000 €

Research leader: Dr Luci Nussbaum Capdevila

Research team at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: Dr Eva Codó Olsina, Dr Melinda Ann Dooly Owenby, Dr Cristina Escobar Urmeneta, Dolors Masats Viladoms, Dr Artur Noguerol Rodrigo, Dr Luci Nussbaum Capdevila, Àngels Prats Pla, Dr Amparo Tuson Valls, Dr Virginia Unamuno Kaschapava, Dr Núria Vilà Miguel

Research team at the Universitat de Lleida: Dr Josep Maria Cots Caimons, Dr Montse Irun Chavarría, Dr Enric Llurda Giménez, Xavier Martín Rubio

GREIP statement in favour of the Catalan plurilingual educational model

Plurilingual education in Catalonia has specific features: a) the model is the result of consensus amongst all citizens, since the time it was first implemented; b) it is sensitive to and has been continually adapted to the sociolinguistic changes of the Catalan society to ensure social cohesion and respect for the diversity of origins of all students; c) it has been internationally recognized as exemplar; and d) it has proved to be highly effective in assessing the plurilingual competences of the school population in primary and secondary education.

These features of our language education model are a source of pride for the educational community and are testimony as to why the model should be sustained as is. It is our position that none of these principles should be altered in any way. For this reason, in our capacity as an institution dedicated to education, we insist on the preservation of this model and, if necessary, the use of civil
disobedience and peaceful resistance against any changes that would undermine this language education model.