DR Cristiana Palmieri

BA Hons MA Education (Bologna), PhD (Sydney)
Research Affiliate

Cristiana is a Research Affiliate within the Department of Italian Studies, School of Languages and Cultures, where she completed her PhD in 2015. Her research interests are in Adult Education and Sociolinguistics and her current research focuses on adult second language learning motivation and identity. Cristiana graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Political Sciences (Laurea in Scienze Politiche) from the University of Bologna (Italy), majoring in Sociology and Organisational Psychology. She then completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Education. Cristiana worked for 6 years as Adjunct Lecturer for the Chair of Organisational Psychology at the University of Bologna, researching on adult education, group dynamics and organisational climate. Since 2008 Cristiana has been teaching Italian and Sociology to undergraduate students at The University of Sydney and Italian language and culture at the WEA College. Cristiana is currently the Head of Member Learning and Development at The Royal Australasian College of Physicians.


  • Palmieri, C. 2016. Under the spell: The motivations of adult Australians to learn Italian in continuing education settings. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Sydney.
  • Palmieri, C. 2017. Italian culture in Australia: The impact of the Italian migration. In: Mascitelli, B. and Armillei, R. (eds) Italians again migrate to Australia: Trends and patterns. Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, Vic.
  • Palmieri, C. 2017. Belonging, Idealized Self and Wellbeing: Key Motivators among Adult Learners of Italian in Sydney. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 40:2, 176-193.

Forthcoming 2018

  • Identity trajectories of adult second language learners: Learning Italian in Australia (under contract, Multilingual Matters, UK).

In preparation

  • Community and identity: a study of second language learning motivation (to be submitted to The Modern Language Journal).

Conference activity

  • Palmieri, C. (2018), “Italian language and culture in Australia: The impact of Italian migration“, paper presented to Diaspore italiane: Italy in movement Symposium - Living Transcultural Spaces, CO.AS.IT., Melbourne, 4-8 April 2018.
  • Palmieri, C. (2016), “Analysing the motivations of adult Australian learners of Italian and their learning trajectories through the nexus of Community and Identity”, paper presented to the ALAA 2016 Conference “Making Connections”, Monash University Melbourne, 5-7 December 2016.
  • Palmieri, C. (2015), “Exploring the motivations of Australian learners of Italian through dynamics of identity (re)construction: the role of the Italian migrant community”, paper presented to the ALAA/ALANZ/ALTAANZ 2015 Conference Learning in a Multilingual World, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 30 November - 2 December 2015
  • Palmieri, C. (2013), “Why learning Italian? The experience of adult learners in Sydney”, paper presented to the ACIS 7th Biennial Conference, Re-imagining Italian Studies, Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, 4-6 December 2013.
  • Palmieri, C. (2013), “Identity and second language learning motivation among adult learners of Italian in Sydney”, paper presented to the ALAA/ALANZ Conference, Knowing, Being, Doing in Applied Linguistics, Victoria University of Wellington, 27-29 November 2013.