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After working for different organizations that use laboratory-like research approaches (such as randomized control trials) and tools (mobile-based real-time data collection) in the field to understand sociological features and frame policy and practice in “natural resource management”, it became clear to me that in order to critically engage with the stories we tell (and are told), and consequently the realities we create, through research - I needed to explore different rhetorics.

Since 2016, I began this journey by walking, working and talking with pastoralists in Namibia, Oman, Iran, Tunisia, and Italy.

The ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) funded my PhD research (2018-2022): “Partir pour Rester” – To Leave in Order to Stay. This doctoral research explored how human mobility, the role of “absence” - as a different way of being present - and collective herding practices, influence livestock-keeping in a community called Douiret in the arid mountain-scapes of southern Tunisia.

 

As part of the PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) research cohort I also explored how film, photography and sound can contribute to collaborative action-research, and representations of different pastoral epistemics.

 

I am now exploring models of autonomous pastoral production, the problematics of participation in research, and critical views on pastoral “development”. I am particularly interested in citizen-led research using audio-visual tools, migration/human mobility, collective livestock-keeping practices, and pastoral-views in arid-scapes, islands, and mountain community economies.

I am originally from Italy though I grew up in different countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and have a strong academic imprinting from the UK.

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