Professor Cavalcanti is one of the founders of the Brazilian Association for Applied Linguistics and, at the same time, a leading researcher in the field of multilingualism and diversities in Brazil.
UNICAMP - the university where she is based is ranked second within the higher education sector in Brazil - and Professor Cavalcanti plays a key advisory role within the Brazilian research councils (e.g. CNPq, CAPES). She has been involved in extended research collaboration with Professor Martin-Jones, coordinating a British Council research link programme in the 1990s and, most recently engaging in research visits, conference participation and joint publications under the auspices of the Birmingham-Brazil research link programme. Her most recent book, Multilingual Brazil: Resources, identities and ideologies in a global era (co-edited with Professor Terezinha Maher) will be appearing later this year in the Routledge series, ‘Critical Studies in Multilingualism’, edited by Professor Martin-Jones and Dr Joan Pujolar, Open University of Catalonia).