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Andrea Ghelfi

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

I have joined the School in January 2020 as Leverhulme Early Career Researcher, with a research project on 'Politics of matter: agroecological farming between science and society'. Before that I have completed my PhD at the School of Management-University of Leicester in 2016. During my PhD I have been visiting PhD at the University of UC Davis. I have studied Contemporary Philosophy (BA and MA) at the University of Bologna, with a period of study at Université Paris 1-La Sorbonne.

Expertise Summary

My research to date falls into four areas. Firstly, I work on the topic of politics in more than human worlds. My fully-funded doctoral research (University of Leicester) developed the topic of politics of worlding in dialogue with a series of contributions coming from geography, cultural anthropology and science and technology studies. My thesis, "Worlding Politics: Commons, Justice and Technoscience", arises from the need of thinking politics in a way that considers the active presence of non-human actors. Second, I have been working for the last ten years on empirical research about social movements. I have started researching actively and in a participatory way students' movements in Italy and in Europe between 2008 and 2011; then I moved on to researching the relation between technology and social movements, looking in particular at hakers/makers movement and the Occupy/15M movements. All these interests and research have been carried on through my PhD - during which I have been a visiting PhD at UC Davis - and have constituted part of the data for my thesis. Thirdly, in the last four years I have been researching, both empirically and theoretically, alternative agriculture practices and theories, such as permaculture, synergic agriculture and agroecology. Finally, all the fields of research mentioned above have as thread the debate on the commons, which I have studied and debated throughout my entire academic career.

Teaching Summary

Teaching Experience as Associate Tutor

Organisational Behaviour - School of Management, University of Leicester 2012

Business Ethics - School of Management, University of Leicester 2014

Managing Knowledge in Organisation - School of Management, University of Leicester 2014

Ecology and Sustainability: Contemporary Issues - School of Management, University of Leicester 2015

Critical Perspectives on Management - School of Management, University of Leicester 2015

Business Ethics in a Global Context - School of Management, University of Leicester 2015

Business Ethics in a Global Context - School of Management, University of Leicester 2016

Research Summary

Politics of matter: agroecological farming between science and society

The challenges of climate change and soil depletion demand us to rethink the ways in which 'humans' relate to the environment and experiment practically with alternative forms of material engagement. By investigating the case of a farmers' network based in Italy, the research will offer a novel understanding of the role of eco-social movements in transforming science and society. The project will explore the role of agroecological practices in (1) answering to the issue of food sovereignty, (2) crafting grassroots infrastructures for ecological and social sustainability, (3) building concrete alternative organization processes involving novel relationships between scientific and political practices.

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Past Research

My research to date falls into four areas. Firstly, I work on the topic of politics in more than human worlds. My fully-funded doctoral research (University of Leicester) developed the topic of politics of worlding in dialogue with a series of contributions coming from geography, cultural anthropology and science and technology studies. My thesis, "Worlding Politics: Commons, Justice and Technoscience", arises from the need of thinking politics in a way that considers the active presence of non- human actors. Second, I have been working for the last ten years on empirical research about social movements. I have started researching actively and in a participatory way students' movements in Italy and in Europe between 2008 and 2011; then I moved on to researching the relation between technology and social movements, looking in particular at hakers/makers movement and the Occupy/15M movements. All these interests and research have been carried on through my PhD - during which I have been a visiting PhD at UC Davis - and have constituted part of the data for my thesis. Thirdly, in the last four years I have been researching, both empirically and theoretically, alternative agriculture practices and theories, such as permaculture, synergic agriculture and agroecology. Finally, all the fields of research mentioned above have as thread the debate on the commons, which I have studied and debated throughout my entire academic career.

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