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Sara Greco

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Biography

Sara Greco holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences (USI, 2009). Her research concerned the role of argumentation in dispute resolution processes. From 2010 to 2011 she has been Visiting Lecturer at University College London, while from 2011 to 2012 she has been working at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, in collaboration with Prof. M. Barrett.

From 2008 to 2012 she has been lecturing at the University of Neuchâtel, where she is now Associate Researcher at the Institute for Psychology and Education (http://www2.unine.ch/ipe). She has been invited to give lectures and seminars in different universities, amongst which UCL (UK), the University of Lausanne and the Catholic University of Milan.

She is Assistant Professor of Argumentation at the Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics (IALS) at USI; she is also co-director of the Lacops Laboratory. 

Her research is currently developing along two axes. The former concerns argumentation a means to resolve conflicts, with a particular focus on dispute mediation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. The latter concerns the study of children's argumentation (and its possible consequences at the level of argumentation and education). Currently, she is conducting a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation on this topic (in collaboration with the University of Neuchâtel).

In recent years, Sara Greco had been developing a project on the complex relation between argumentation and inner dialogue in the experience of international migrants. Such research line is markedly interdisciplinary and has been pursued in tight collaboration with the IPE at the University of Neuchâtel and with the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey.

In the field of dispute mediation, Sara Greco holds professional qualifications in Switzerland and Italy. She has collaborated with the Associazione Ticinese per la Mediazione (ATME), serving as a Commitee Member from 2005 to 2009.

Research

Sara Greco Morasso's research activities concern the domain of argumentation theory.

Her research is currently developing along two axes. The former concerns argumentation a means to resolve conflicts, with a particular focus on dispute mediation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution practice (see the monograph Argumentation in dispute mediation: a reasonable way to handle conflict, John Benjamins 2011). Currently, Greco is directing a small research group on argumentation in conflict resolution and mediation. This is partially financed by an FNS project on reframing as a mediator's technique.

The latter concerns the study of children's argumentation (and its possible consequences at the level ofargumentation and education). Currently, she is conducting a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation on this topic (in collaboration with the University of Neuchâtel).

In recent years, Sara Greco had been developing a project on the complex relation between argumentation and inner dialogue in the experience of international migrants. Such research line is markedly interdisciplinary and has been pursued in tight collaboration with the IPE at the University of Neuchâtel and with the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey.

In her research activities, the analysis of argumentative discourse goes hand in hand with a fine-grained linguistic approach considering semantic and pragmatic aspects. Therefore, Greco Morasso has published several work on semantic analysis (cf. The ontology of conflict for the journal Pragmatics and Cognition, 2008).

Sara Greco has also proven interest and skills in interdisciplinary research, working in particular at the crossroads between argumentation and social psychology. Since 2008, she has collaborated with the University of Neuchâtel, and she is now Assocate Researcher at the Institut de Psychologie et Education.

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