Joan Pujolar holds a degree in Anglo-Germanic Philology (1987) and Catalan Philology (UA Barcelona, 1988), MA Language Studies (1991) and PhD (1995, Lancaster University). He is professor of Sociolinguistics and current director of the Doctoral Program in Information and Knowledge Society at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. He also leads the Research Group on Language, culture and Identity in the Global World. He has been chair of the Catalan Society of Sociolinguistics (2013-2019) and vice-chair of the COST Network on “New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe” (2013-2017). His research focuses on how language use is mobilized in the construction of identities and its implications for access to symbolic and economic resources. He has conducted research on the use of Catalan amongst young people, immigrants and in the economic sector, particularly in tourism and heritage contexts, as well as on multilingualism and gender. He now leads a project on “new speakers” and the experience of people who ordinarily speak a language that is not their native one.