Gabriele Orlandi

Winner of the Project TransAlps - Sustainable transition and applied research in alpine territories: comparative approaches between France, Switzerland and Italy | 2020-2021 Emerging Research call for project

Gabriele Orlandi is a political scientist (University of Turin, Italy) and anthropologist (EHESS, Paris). He conducted field investigations in India, France and Italy. Currently, as part of a PhD in co-supervision between Aix-Marseille University and the University of Turin, he is interested in the effects of rural development policies on the populations of an Alpine valley. In 2021 he was among the laureates of the WWNA APPLY AWARD, category "Social Movements (anthropological skills and insights for promoting cooperation, inspiration, and just and sustainable action) "  of the research project "Montagne In Movimento" - EASA Applied Anthropology Network.

The Project

The use of ethnographic and comparative methods of anthropology to the variety of forms of territorial governance has been little explored by social research. However, the analysis of relations underway between States and their “marginal” areas, and in particular the intersections between the various scales of democratic participation, at a time of profound political, economic, and ecological mutations following the Covid-19 health crisis, is extremely important. However, methods and epistemological and deontological features of a socio-anthropology involved in the elaboration of collective and inclusive projects towards transition still need to be defined. By comparing the ways of articulating the scales of public action in three Alpine contexts, in France, Switzerland and Italy respectively, The TRANSAlp project aims - on the one hand - to empirically explore the conditions of a transition to sustainability and social justice in singular socio-spatial configurations and - on the other hand - to inquire on the role that social sciences, and in particular an applied and implicated socio-anthropology, can play in the setting up of new governance models.


Selected Publications

Articles and book chapters

  • « Mangiare la montagna, arginare lo spopolamento : processi di tipicizzazione e prospettive di sviluppo territoriale nel caso di un formaggio DOC cuneese (1890-1985) », Il Presente e la Storia, set 2021, Sguardi sulle Alpi. Storia, percezioni, rappresentazioni, no 99, p. 343‐354.
  • « La renaissance des campagnes: Enquête dans une France qui se réinvente, de Vincent Grimault, aux Éditions du Seuil », Les cahiers de la LCD, 2021, N° 14 [à paraitre]
  • avec Dematteis Francesco, 2021, « Nomi della tradizione, pratiche del quotidiano. Verso una riappropriazione del patrimonio toponomastico in alta valle Stura? » dans Amalia Campagna, Consuelo Nocentini et Valentina Porcellana (eds.), Montagne in movimento.Metodi e pratiche di ricerca nelle terre alte, Ogliastro Cilento, Licosia [à paraitre]


  • Les cieux (et ce qu’il y a dessous): la candidature Heritage of Astronomy UNESCO, un levier de développement territorial pour la vallée du Grana ?. Colloque international « Les Labels : Quels enjeux pour le développement de nos territoires alpins ? » colloque international du programme Interreg Alcotra Terres Monviso. Place Forte de Mont Dauphin, Hautes Alpes, 2021
  • Restructuring dairy production through cooperatives in the neoliberal food regime: ethnographic glimpses from the Italian Western Alps EASA 16th Biennial Conference - New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe, Université de Lisbonne (PT), 2020
  • Communautés, productions et savoirs. La filière laitière des Alpes italiennes entre réorganisation et politiques pour le développement journée d'étude Ethnographie économique: Territoires et Mobilités - Dystopies, Centre Maurice Halbwachs - Département de Sciences Sociales, ENS de Paris 2020

Emerging Research call for projects

Scientific, material and financial support to initiate innovative projects on high-stakes issues
Published at 21 December 2021