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Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta is, since 1 January 2016, full professor at the SEC, School of Education and Communication, at Jönköping University, Sweden. She has a strong multidisciplinary and multi-field background and has been full professor (2007-2016) at Örebro University (at the departments of Education and Gender Studies), Sweden and research leader (2011-2015) at the Rehabilitation Research Center at Örebro County Council, Sweden as well as visiting professor at universities in Europe and Asia. Currently she is visiting professor at AMU, Aligarh Muslim University in India. She conducted her doctoral studies at Linköping University, Sweden and her post-doctoral studies at Gallaudet University in Washington DC, USA.
Professor Bagga-Gupta was a board-member of UVK, the Educational Sciences Committee of VR, the Swedish Research Council during 2007-2012 and has done evaluation work for the Norwegian Research Council. She is an expert evaluator for research tasks at the European Commission. She is an editorial board member of international journals, regularly reviews research for several international journals and publishing houses, regularly evaluates senior level academic appointments in the Nordic countries and evaluates national and international doctoral theses.
Professor Bagga-Gupta is active in a number of global and national academic associations and a board member in different research consortiums. She is part of the founding body of the SMDC, Southern Multilingualisms and Diversity Consortium that was formally instituted in 2014 at Adelaide, Australia. She has been director of two national research schools in Sweden: (i) LIMCUL, Literacies, Multilingualism and Cultural Practices in present day societies and (ii) UVD, Educational Sciences with a focus on Didactics. She is currently a board member of the national platform SPARC, Swedish Participatory Action Research Consortium and the Advisory Board of IES, International English Schools. She is the scientific leader of the network-based research environment CCD, Communication, Culture and Diversity (www.ju.se/ccd) since the end of the 1990’s.
Professor Bagga-Gupta has received a number of awards and most recently the ”Outstanding Senior Researcher” fellowship 2012-14 at Örebro University, Sweden.
Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta’s research interests relate to (i) communication, (ii) learning and (iii) identity issues with a special focus on ICT and technologies from both historical and present day contexts across geopolitical spaces. At an overarching level, issues regarding the life-worlds of children, young people and adults interest her. How social categories related to (i) identities (like gender, ethnicity, functional disability) and (ii) language (like different language varieties, bi/multilingualism, oral language, literacy, signed language, home language, foreign language, etc) emerge in different contexts and practices including polity are central issues she engages with. Her research takes issue with “boundaries and borders” and orients towards intersectionality in terms of both research objects as well as knowledge objects.
How different types of literacies and ”multilingualisms” evolve and play out inside and outside institutional settings like schools, special schools, work places, in families across different time periods and in different parts of the world are focused in her work. Her work also engages with these issues (in relation to learning and social cognition) in social media settings. This includes a didactical interest related to different school disciplines and fields (for instance, different languages, reading and writing, bi/multilingualism, mathematics, music). Furthermore, her research focuses the place and role of technologies in human beings lives both historically and in the 21st century.
Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta’s research employs ethnographical points of departure where the methodological framings include (i) micro scale discursive studies of everyday life, (ii) meso scale analysis of the organization of social practices across time and space and (iii) macro scale foci on broader societal levels. This research also synthesizes analysis from two theoretical orientations: sociocultural/sociohistorical perspectives and post/decolonial frameworks.
Societal developmental projects
Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta is actively involved with different societal developmental projects inside and outside Sweden. She has recently, together with the National Theater and the Örebro Regional Theater, initiated the national Think Tank DoIT, Delaktighet och Inkluderings Tankesmedja (English: Participation and Inclusion Think-tank). This emerged after the successful completion of the national Swedish Art’s Council’s financed large regional developmental project DoT, Delaktighet och Teater (English: Participation and Theater) where she was the scientific leader. She has supported the building up of the research capacity at the large NGO, MMC, Mumbai Mobile Créches, in Mumbai, India. She has been responsible for a number of externally funded national school developmental projects and evaluations. These include the SOL, Skriv- och Läs (English: Reading and Writing) project financed by the National School Board, the Idéskol för Mångfald (English: Exemplary Schools for Diversity) project financed by the Ministry via the Authority for School Development and the National Center for Language, Reading and Writing Development financed project BUS, Barn och Ungas Språkande (English: Children and Young People’s Languaging and Literacy in present day society).
2012-2014: Fellowship Outstanding Senior Researcher Örebro University, Sweden
2001-2002: Powrie V. Doctor. Chair in Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University, Washington DC, USA
1996-1998: Wallenberg Foundation Fellowship for young post-doctoral women researchers in Sweden