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Cari Bottois

Cari Bottois


Research student

School of Modern Languages


I am a PhD researcher in the School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University with co-supervision at the University of Exeter.
My current research explores languages, translation, and interpreting within the charity sector in Devon.

My keen interest in this particular area of social research has been steered by more than a decade of voluntary work since co-founding Charity Translators in 2012. I continue to be an active member and advocate of this grassroots volunteer community.

I first graduated in 2004 with a BSc in International Relations and Politics before returning to Higher Education in 2012 to follow an MA in Translation at the University of Exeter. I have also gained considerable experience in Project Management and collaborative working through my professional career across the public, private, and charity sectors.

My PhD research project is funded by the South, West, and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP2).


My research interests are centred on civil society, inclusion, social inequality, and community action. I also have a keen interest in public engagement, impact, and collaborative working practices.

My current research focuses on community languages, translation, and interpreting in the voluntary sector.


Connecting Multilingual Communities: Exploring Translation in the Charity Sector from the South West (UK)

The purpose of this thesis is to explore languages, translation, and interpreting in the charity sector from a more regional perspective, specifically from outside the most hyper-urban areas of the UK. As such, the county of Devon in the South West of the UK has been chosen as the geographical area for this research activity. The central focus of the study concerns the visibility, practices, and perceptions of languages in connection to charitable organisations that are working at a local level by adopting a mixed methods approach and Bourdieu’s social theory framework.

Funding sources

This research is funded by the South, West, and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP).


  • Editorial Board Member - Voluntary Sector Review Journal
  • Author of the published resource - A Quick Guide to Language Support (2022) on behalf of Charity Translators and the Association of Translation Companies (ATC)
  • Language Acts and Worldmaking Conference 2021 "Languages Future" (AHRC Open World Research Initiative)
    Panel: Language actions: connecting communities – “Futures of community languages”
  • 5th International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation (NPIT5) 2021
    Paper - Getting Down with the Nitty-Gritty of Voluntary Translation using Digital Ethnography
  • 5th International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation (NPIT5) 2021 
    Panel with Prof. Loredana Polezzi and Dr. Eliana Maestri - Expanding Public Engagement with Translation: Strengths and Challenges
  • Postgraduate Researcher - Cardiff University and the University of Exeter (AHRC funded)
  • Co-founder - Charity Translators 
  • Engage Conference 2019 "Disruption" National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)
    Presentations - Living Library and Soapbox Speech.
  • Journal Manager - Elsevier
  • Project Coordinator - University of Exeter
  • 2nd International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation (NPIT2) 2014
    Paper - Charity Translators: A case study of Non-Professional Translation in the Third Sector
  • Project Support Officer - The Environment Agency
  • Resource and Information Manager - Devon in Sight
  • Procedures Coordinator for Passengers with Reduced Mobility - Flybe

Professional memberships

  • VSSN Voluntary Sector Studies Network
  • Global Coalition for Language Rights

Speaking engagements

Committees and reviewing

  • SWW DTP Student Committee Representative 2022-2023
  • School of Modern Languages (Cardiff University) Postgraduate Researcher Representative 2022-23


Claire Gorrara

Claire Gorrara

Dean for Research and Innovation for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of French Studies


  • Translation and interpretation studies
  • community languages
  • Voluntary Sector Research