Dr Dina Mehmedbegovic-Smith

Dina is a lecturer on a range of UCL Institute of Education (IOE) courses at PGCE, MA and doctoral level. She was on the core IOE team developing the National English as an Additional Language (EAL) Workforce Strategy; a key staff member in the development of the new programmes addressing the needs of bilingual children: MA in Bilingual Learners in Urban Settings and PGCE EAL Pathway. Her previous roles also include: Deputy Director of the London Education Research Unit (2009-11) and the editor of the IOE publication the London Digest, with the brief of generating and sharing knowledge on key education issues in London and global cities. Her research focuses on attitudes to bilingualism/multilingualism, minority languages and positioning of languages in relation to domination, political power and language disappearance. She is currently developing interdisciplinary work with colleagues from neuroscience aimed at providing  a broader evidence base for advocating cognitive benefits of bilingualism in education and life-long learning. Her concept Healthy Linguistic Diet is  an innovative approach to language learning and has been endorsed by the EU Commission in their report: Rethinking Language Education, as a part of the EU Language policy review.


Dina’s work on using autobiographical multimedia classroom approaches to develop intercultural competencies has been published and recognised as good practice by the Department of Education, NALDIC (National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum) and the British Council.

Most recent  publications

  1. Bak, TH and Mehmedbegovic D (2017) Healthy Linguistic Diet: the value of linguistic diversity and language learning across the lifespan. Language, Society and Policy, Vol 1. DOI: doi:10.17863/CAM.9854. http://www.meits.org/policy-papers
  2. Mehmedbegovic, D and Bak, TH (2017) Towards an interdisciplinary lifetime approach to multilingualism: From implicit assumptions to current evidence, European Journal of Language Policy, Vol. 9, Issue 2: Pages, (149-167 pp) http://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/doi/abs/10.3828/ejlp.2017.10
  3. Mehmedbegovic, D. (2017) What every policy maker needs to know about cognitive benefits of bilingualism, ed Kelly, M. (2017 ed) Languages after Brexit: How the UK Speaks to the World, Palgrave, London (109 – 124)
  4. Mehmedbegovic, D. (2017) Engaging with Linguistic Diversity in Global Cities: Arguing for ‘language hierarchy free’ policy and practice in education, Open Linguistics, Vol 3, Issue 1, pp 540- 553, De Gruyter, Germany
  5. Mehmedbegovic, D (2012) In Search of High Level Learner Engagement: Autobiographical Approaches with Children and Adults, in Mallows, D (2012 ed) Innovations in English Language Teaching for Migrants and Refugees, British Council, London (65 – 79 pp)
  6. Mehmedbegovic, D (2012) Developing Intercultural Competencies: Classroom Interventions in London Schools, in Urias, D (2012 ed) The Immigration & Education Nexus: A Focus on the Context & Consequences of Schooling, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Boston, Taipei (161-171 pp)

Member of the Editorial Board

Zivot i Skola (Life and School) International journal published in Croatia


Acta Iadertina, International journal published by University of Zadar, Croatia


Guest Editor London Education Review, 2016


Editor of the London Digest, 2007-11

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International Day of Multilingualism

The 27th of March marks the International Day of Multilingualism. In our previous blog http://healthylinguisticdiet.com/international-mother-tongue-day-and-hld-5th-birthday/ we have More

Monument to UAE Constitution, Etihad Museum, Dubai


اليوم العالمي للغة الأم وعيد ميلاد HLD الخامس

Image top: Monument to the UAE Constitution, Etihad Museum, Dubai On Sunday 21st Feb we mark More

Monument to UAE Constitution, Etihad Museum, Dubai


International Mother Tongue Day and HLD 5th Birthday

Image top: Monument to the UAE Constitution, Etihad Museum, Dubai On Sunday 21st Feb we mark More


European Day of Languages, 26.9.2020

Four years ago, Dina and Thomas have met for the first time, at a celebration of More