Gennaro Avallone is assistant professor in Sociology of Territory and Environment at the Università di Salerno – Dipartimento di scienze politiche sociali e della comunicazione. He is also member of FLACSO-España. His recent publications include Sfruttamento e resistenze. Migrazioni e agricoltura in Europa, Italia, Piana del Sele, Ombre corte, 2017 and The land of informal intermediation. The social regulation of migrant agricultural labour in the Piana del Sele, Italy, in A. Corrado, C. de Castro and D. Perrotta (eds.), Migration and Agriculture: Mobility and change in the Mediterranean area, Routledge, 217-230.

Basir Asifi is a PhD student at the Department of Political Science of the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”. His doctoral dissertation deals with the comparative political economy of law and development in South Asia.

Anna Avidano, dottoressa in Scienze internazionali e diplomatiche e specializzata in Studi di Genere presso l’UNAM (Messico), ha conseguito un master in Antropologia sociale presso il CIESAS di Oaxaca (Messico) dove ha sviluppato una ricerca sulla trasversalizzazione geografica dei processi di espropriazione, analizzando il caso TAV/TAC in Val di Susa. È responsabile dei programmi in America Latina di una ONG italiana, percorso tramite cui ha potuto approfondire diverse esperienze di difesa del territorio promosse da comunità locali latinoamericane.

Jennifer Bair is associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University and her B.A. in international studies from Johns Hopkins University. She works in the field of global political economy and comparative development, with a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.  She is the co-editor of Putting Labour in its Place: Labour Process Analysis and Global Value Chains (Palgrave, 2015), and editor of Frontiers of Commodity Chains Research (Stanford University Press, 2009). Her current project examines labor regulation in international supply chains.

Michael Blim, Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the author of Made in Italy: Small-Scale Industrialization and Its Consequences (1990) and Equality and Economy: The Global Challenge (2005), and the co-editor with Frances Rothstein of Anthropology and the Global Factory (1993).

Olivier Butzbach is an Assistant Professor in Economics at the Department of Political Science of the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”. He holds a PhD in political science from the European University Institute, and a M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University. His main research interests lie in the comparative political economy of financial capitalism. In particular, he has published a number of articles in top academic journals focusing on the transformations of not-for-profit banking in France, Italy and the United Kingdom; on the role of trust in banking; and on neo-institutional approaches in economics and sociology. He is the co-editor, with Kurt von Metteheim, of “Alternative Banks and Financial Crisis” (Routledge, 2014).

Francesco Campolongo sta svolgendo un dottorato di ricerca in Scienza Politica presso il Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali dell’Unical (Università della Calabria) sul Populismo e alcuni partiti outsider Europei (Movimento 5 Stelle e Podemos). Dal 23 al 25 Giugno 2016 ha partecipato alla “Prima conferenza nazionale dei dottorandi in scienze sociali” organizzata dall’Università degli Studi di Padova con il lavoro “Crisi, struttura delle opportunità e partiti movimento”.

Francesco Saverio Caruso è professore a contratto di sociologia delle migrazioni e sociologia dell’ambiente e del territorio presso il corso di laurea in Sociologia dell’Università di Catanzaro, dove collabora attualmente con il Laboratorio di Ricerca Sociale (LRS). Autore di diversi saggi su riviste nazionali e internazionali sui temi delle migrazioni e dello sviluppo rurale, recentemente ha pubblicato “La politica dei subalterni. Percorsi di organizzazione e di lotta del bracciantato migrante nel Sud Europa” (Derive Approdi 2015).

Domenico Cersosimo teaches Applied Economics in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Calabria. He studies and carries out research on local socio-productive systems and the efficacy of development policies.

Mauro Conti is a phd candidate at University of Calabria, in joint supervision with International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) on Agrifinancialization and Transnational Agrarian Movements. He is president of Centro Internazionale Crocevia, serving as Secretariat of the International Planning Committee for Food  Sovereignty since 2011, and member of Centro di Studi Rurali Unical.

Carlos de Castro is senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, Spain. His research focuses on the political and institutional configuration of work and workers in the context of global production networks in several sectors. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers on the role of workers in the global agricultural production. Among them: Corrado A, de Castro C, Perrotta D (2017) Cheap food, cheap labour, high profits. Agriculture and mobility in the Mediterranean. In: Corrado, A., de Castro, C. and Perrotta, D. (eds). Migration and Agriculture: Mobility and Change in the Mediterranean Area, London: Routledge.

Mariafrancesca D’Agostino è ricercatrice in Sociologia dei fenomeni politici presso l’Università della Calabria, dove attualmente insegna “Co-sviluppo e migrazioni”. La sua attività di ricerca si focalizza principalmente sui regimi della mobilità intra ed extra-europea, sulle politiche locali di inclusione delle minoranze rom, sulla governance dei rifugiati nel Sud Italia. Tra le sue pubblicazioni più recenti: con A. Corrado, F.S. Caruso (a cura di), Migrazioni e confini. Politiche, diritti e nuove forme di partecipazione (Rubbettino, 2016); “Il disagio abitativo dei rifugiati in Calabria e le politiche locali di contrasto” (in Autonomie Locali, maggio 2017).

Domenica Farinella is Lecturer in Environmental Sociology at Cagliari University. She hold a Ph.D in Sociology of Innovation Process from the University of Naples Federico II (2004). Recent research topics include: local and Rural Studies; change in Pastoralism and cork extraction in Sardinia; Mezzogiorno, informal Economy and precarious work in the South of Italy; risk perception.

Lorenzo Fusaro holds a PhD in International Political Economy from King’s College London and is currently Visiting Titular Professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico, where he teaches Political Economy and researches on a project titled “Great Powers: Revolutions, Uneven Development and the Making of the World Order” that focuses on underdevelopment / dependency and comparatively analyses capitalist development in the US, China and Latin America. His publications include his single authored book Crises and Hegemonic Transitions: From Gramsci’s Quaderni to the Contemporary World Economy currently in press with BRILL – Historical Materialism Book Series; “Why China is Different: Hegemony, Revolutions and the Rise of Contender States” (Research in Political Economy) and “The Gramscian Moment in International Political Economy” in his forthcoming, co-edited book Revisiting Gramsci’s Laboratory: Politics, Philosophy, History in the Prison Notebooks (BRILL).

Alia Gana is research professor at the National Centre of Scientific research, France, currently on assignment at the Research institute on contemporary Maghreb in Tunis. Holding a PhD in development sociology (Cornell University), she has done extensive research on issues such as social systems of farm production, rural livelihoods, agricultural policies, farmers’ and rural protest movements. Her current research work explores the links between development, territories and democracy, in light of the political upheavals in North Africa. She is the principal investigator of the European Research Council’s (ERC) funded research project “Political and sociointituional change in North Africa” (TARICA).

Enrico Gargiulo, ricercatore a tempo determinato in Sociologia dei processi economici e del lavoro presso il DIGSPES dell’Università del Piemonte orientale, ha conseguito la laurea in Sociologia all’Università “La Sapienza” di Roma e il Dottorato di ricerca in Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale presso l’Università di Napoli Federico II, ed è stato assegnista di ricerca nel Dipartimento di Culture, politica e società dell’Università di Torino. Si occupa di teoria sociale e politica, cittadinanza, esclusione sociale, integrazione, politica sociale, populismi e discrezionalità amministrativa.

Isabella Giunta è dottora di ricerca in Conoscenze ed Innovazioni per lo Sviluppo (UNICAL) e professoressa associata presso l’Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (IAEN) in Ecuador. In questo ateneo coordina un programma di postgrado in Cooperazione Internazionale ed è titolare di cattedre che vertono su tale ambito di studi oltre ad un insegnamento su agricoltura contadina e modi non capitalisti di produzione nella Maestria in Economia Solidale. Ha una lunga esperienza in progetti di ricerca in Italia e in America Latina, oltre che di sviluppo, in particolare con la Ong CRIC. Si occupa di sociologia rurale, cooperazione internazionale, sviluppo e migrazioni. Tra le pubblicazioni: Migrazioni, cooperazione, cosviluppo. Progetti di ritorno e investimenti tra Spagna ed Ecuador, con A.Corrado  (Rubbettino, 2016); La Campagna Popolare per l’Agricoltura Contadina e le proposte per una legge di tutela (Agriregionieuropa, 2016) Food sovereignty in Ecuador: peasant struggles and the challenge of institutionalization (Journal of Peasant Studies, 2014).

Hannah Holleman is a sociologist in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Amherst College in Massachusetts, U.S. and a member of the editorial committee of Monthly Review. She writes, teaches, and speaks on socio-ecological inequality and justice, colonialism and imperialism, political economy, environmental politics, and social theory. Recent works include “De-naturalizing Ecological Disaster: Colonialism, Racism, and the Global Dust Bowl of the 1930s” and “The Theory of Unequal Ecological Exchange: A Marx-Odum Dialectic,” coauthored with John Bellamy Foster—both in the Journal of Peasant Studies. Her book, Dust Bowls of Empire, is expected from Yale University Press in 2018.

Michel Huysseune, Ph.D., is professor of Political Science and senior researcher at the Free University of Brussels (ULB/VUB). His fields of interest include the history of political thought and the construction of nationalist discourses. He has published numerous articles on these topics in scholarly reviews and edited volumes. He is the author of Modernity and Secession. The Social Sciences and the Political Discourse of the Lega Nord in Italy, Oxford, Berghahn, 2006 and the editor of Contemporary Centrifugal Regionalism: Comparing Flanders and Northern Italy, Brussels, The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, 2011.

Roberto Ibba hold a PhD in Modern History and Early Modern History at University of Cagliari, in 2013. Volunteer Researcher at Deparment of social sciences and Institutions. Main field of research: rural history, landscape history, élites history.

Zachary Levenson is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation, The Post-Apartheid State: The Politics of Housing in South Africa, is a comparative ethnographic study of mass land occupations in Cape Town, and more broadly, an attempt to rethink post-apartheid South Africa in terms of Gramsci’s “integral state.” Work from this project has appeared in International SociologyContexts, the Mobilization book series, Catalyst, and elsewhere. More generally, Levenson is interested in the spatial politics of welfare states, both in relation to decolonization and to democratization. His work brings insights from political sociology to bear upon urban sociological questions.

Giacomo Loperfido holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and the Università degli Studi di Bergamo. His research deals with questions of political violence, political radicalism, cultural enclavization, social and economic disintegration, in the wider context of global-systemic crisis and the decomposition of larger political and institutional orders. In recent years, he has been a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at at the Center for Humanities Research- University of the Western Cape, Cape Town (RSA), and at the SarchI Chair in Social Change, University of Fort Hare, East London (RSA). He is now an ERC researcher in social anthropology for GRECO (Grassroots Economics Project: Meaning, Project and Practice in the Pursuit of Livelihood) at the University of Barcelona (Spain).

Beatriz Marcos, PhD Candidate in Moral and Political Philosophy at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico), financed by CONACYT (Mexican National Research Council). She has been a member of the research group ‘Philosophy of Experience’ based at the CSIC Institute of Philosophy, Spain and holds a ‘Master in Philosophy: Theory and Critique of Culture’ (Carlos III University). She also obtained the European Diploma of Advanced Studies and the Master of Research in Spanish Literature (Universidad Complutense). She has researched on issues such as: Genesis of Modernity; Theory of power; Identity narratives and subject theories; Decoloniality and subalternity, Artistic practices and political action; Internet and new subjectivities; Feminicide; Memory and experiences of collective harm. Endeavoring an exercise of critical genealogy, her doctoral research deals with 15th century Spanish political thought and republicanism. She is author of Mujeres Frontera (2010, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affaires and Cooperation) on feminicides in México. She is co-author of “Translab: artes performáticas + tecnología” within the book Encuentros. Arte y nuevos medios en las prácticas artísticas contemporáneas (2016, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana). Further publications include her article “Rasgos republicanos en la teología política del Defensorium unitatis christianae de Alonso de Cartagena y su impronta en la génesis de la Modernidad hispánica.” in Republicanismo vs. Populismo (Universidad Complutense, in press).

Giuliano Martiniello is assistant professor of rural community development at the American University of Beirut. Previously research fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University (2012-2015) and post-doctoral research fellow at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of Kwazulu-Natal (2013-2014). He is broadly interested in the political economy, political sociology and political ecology of agrarian change and rural development in Africa. He holds a BA+MA in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Naples l’Orientale, a Master of Art in Development Studies from the University of Leeds, and a PhD in Politics from the School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds.

Michele Mastandrea è ricercatore indipendente, vive e studia a Bologna dove nel 2014 ha conseguito la laurea magistrale in Relazioni Internazionali all’Alma Mater Studiorum con una tesi sul dispositivo dell’hukou e le sue conseguenze sull’architettura socio-economica della Repubblica Popolare Cinese. Il suo interesse di ricerca privilegiato è l’evoluzione della società cinese a partire dallo studio e dell’analisi dei conflitti sociali che vi si sviluppano.

Rosanna Nisticò is an associate professor in Political Economics in the Department of Economics, Statistics and Finance “Giovanni Anania” at the University of Calabria. She teaches Microeconomics, Business Economics and Institutional Economics. Her more recent research activity has looked at: indicators of territorial well-being and disparity, the dynamics of tertiary education, regional development policies, and price dispersion.

Andrés Pedreño is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Murcia. He has investigated several topics in the areas of agrarian and rural sociology, migration and work. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers on international workers’ migration and on the role of workers in the global agricultural production. Among them:  Pedreño A, Gadea E, de Castro C (2014) Labor, Gender and Political Conflicts in the Global Agri-food System. The case of Agri-export model of Murcia, Spain. In: Bonanno, A. and Cavalcanti, J. S.(eds) Labor Relations in a Globalized Food, Ed. Emerald, 193-214.

Agostino Petrillo is associate professor at Politecnico di Milano in Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani, where he teaches sociology and urban sociology. His recent publications include “The Forces of Attraction. Cities between Flows and Places” in C. Ranci and R. Cucca (eds.), Unequal Cities. The challenge of post-industrial transition in times of austerity, Routledge, 45-68, 2017 and, with Sonia Paone, “Marginalità urbana: genealogia di un concetto”, in L. Wacquant, I reietti della città. Ghetto periferia stato, ETS, 2016, 5-28.

Mauro Pinto is a Post-doc teaching assistant at the Department of Political Science of the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. His main research interests lie in labour market institutions and the “sharing economy”.

Antonio Maria Pusceddu is ERC researcher at the University of Barcelona. He studied Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Cagliari and received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Siena. He has conducted fieldwork in the Greek-Albanian border areas on crossborder mobility, ethnicity and religious practices. More recently he has worked on deindustrialization in the Sardinian mining districts. In the framework of the Grassroots Economics project, he carried out fieldwork in Brindisi (Italy) on livelihoods, practices of social reproduction and grassroots understandings of the economy.

Pablo Saralegui Díez is a PhD student in Medio Ambiente y Sociedad (Environment and Society), in the research line of Agroecology at the Pablo de Olavide University, Sevilla (Spain). Biochemist in origin, now he is specializing in social and agrarian metabolism in the Agro-ecosystems History Lab (UPO), and applying this concept as a tool to analyze social initiatives and their impact on the environment. In fact, he is focusing on the political and economic proposals from urban social movements in Madrid, valuing the type of effects produced by the use, production and reproduction of resources within these proposals.

Sonia Scognamiglio is an Associate Professor in the History of Institutions at the University of Naples “Parthenope”. She holds a PhD in economic history from the University of Naples “Federico II”. Her main research interests lie in the history of economic and political institutions, in particular in the modern and contemporary era, in France and Italy. She has published widely in top academic journals in Italy and abroad. She is the author of several books, among which “Le istituzioni della moda. Dalle strutture corporative all’economia politica. Napoli e Francia (1500-1800)”, with Il Mulino (2016).

Mariagiulia Costanzo Talarico is a PhD student in Medio Ambiente y Sociedad (Environment and Society), research line of Agroecology, at the Pablo de Olavide University, Sevilla (Spain). Her research interests are focusing on the issue of “margins” and “South”, ie, a “place – process” in which diverse “knowledges” can coexist through a constant articulation of ontological differences, and where social actors marginalized by the dominant neoliberal system, can empower themselves. She is focusing on rural and ecofeminist movements, and on their political and agroecological proposals, analyzing the resistance practices against neoliberalism of these movements, that are trying to produce alternative critical economies.

Salvo Torre is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Catania and full member (miembro titular) of the FLACSO-España (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales). His work focuses on social movements, urban conflicts, political ecology, and postcolonial studies. His recent publications include: Contro la frammentazione. Movimenti sociali e spazio della politica, Ombre Corte, 2017; Dominio, natura, democrazia. Comunità umane e comunità ecologiche, Mimesis, 2012; edited with G. Avallone, Abdelmalek Sayad: per una teoria postcoloniale delle migrazioni, Il Carrubo, 2013.

Oriol Valles Codina is completing his Ph.D. in Economics at the New School for Social Research.

Angelo Zotti is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Department of Political Science of the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”. He holds a PhD in the Sociology of law from the University of Molise. His main research lie in the sociological theory of law and norms, the sociology of Georg Simmel, and in the modern processes of subjectivation. He has published numerous articles in top academic journals on these subjects, and is the author of a book on “Il Soggetto multiplo. Individui e modelli dell’azione sociale” (Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 2012).

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