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Dott. Giovanni Orlando


Building: S. Agostino
piazzale S. Agostino 2 - 24129 Bergamo (BG) - Italy

Research fellow
Department of Human and Social Sciences

Trained in economic anthropology (UCL, Goldsmiths), I specialize in the study of alternative food networks, particularly the production-consumption of organic food. My doctoral project looked at ethical foods in Western Sicily (Italy) and integrated the anthropological and historical literature on moral economies with that on social and ecological sustainability. After being based in London from 2004 to 2014, I recently moved to the University of Bergamo, where I am a member of the Working Group on Consumption, Networks and Practices of Sustainable Economies (CORES). My current post-doctoral work in Bergamo centers on the Italian recovered factories movement and its links with solidarity economies. I am interested in the ecological and social problems caused by conventional agri-food systems as one of the best examples of the need for capitalist societies to transition to sustainability. Through the study of food I work towards the definition of socio-cultural dimensions of sustainability, in the belief that not taking these into account contributes to the epistemological uncertainty of the concept. The pursuit of multidisciplinary knowledge stems from this belief. Drawing on agrarian movements scholarship, I study the history of organic food as a reaction to the institutionalization of the current food regime of agricultural productivism and mass consumption. I specialize in Sicily?s trajectory within food regimes, leading to the establishment of the current one during Italy?s post-war economic recovery, and on the diversity of the Sicilian organic sector, paying attention to its conventionalization in the emergent international corporate-environmental regime.