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Barbara Moser-Mercer, Professor

InZone, University of Geneva

Barbara Moser-Mercer is professor and founder of InZone, an academic center at the University of Geneva dedicated to advancing innovation in higher education in emergencies. Following her initial training as a conference interpreter she pursued her studies in psycholinguistics and cognitive psychology. Her research has focused on the development of expertise in complex cognitive skills among bilinguals, both from a cognitive psychology and a cognitive neuroscience perspective. These findings have been instrumental in informing the design and the development of student-centered multilingual digital learning environments in fragile contexts, which are leveraged across several refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East, where InZone has built higher education spaces that promote research and critical scholarship to support the development of peaceful and economically viable local communities.

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