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Cristina Grasseni

Professor Cultural Anthropology

Prof.dr. C. Grasseni
+31 71 527 3451

Cristina Grasseni specialises in economic, political and visual anthropology. She received her Bachelor degree in Philosophy, M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science, and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology with Visual Media from the universities of Pavia, Cambridge and Manchester respectively.

More information about Cristina Grasseni

The Heritage Arena

Her latest book, The Heritage Arena (2017) studies the politics of heritage food in the Italian Alps. The monograph Beyond Alternative Food Networks (2013) analyses Italy's solidarity economy networks as models of grassroots innovation for sustainability. Her comparative ethnography of solidarity economy networks in Lombardy (Italy) and Massachusetts (USA) was funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (2013-2014) while Visiting Scholar at Harvard Anthropology Department (2012-2014). Grasseni is co-founder of CORES (the Research Group on Networks and Practices of Sustainable Economy, with Francesca Forno, University of Trento, and Silvana Signori, University of Bergamo). CORES’ key research outcome is the first systematic survey of Solidarity Purchase Groups in Lombardy (Forno, Grasseni and Signori 2013). 

Skilled Visions

Grasseni is known for her ‘Skilled Visions’ approach to visual ethnography (Wiley International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, 2018). In 2011, she was appointed David and Roberta Logie Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. As Harvard Film Study Center Fellow, she produced the film Christmas in August (with Federico de Musso). Grasseni’s resulting articles and special issue on Digital Visual Engagements, ecologies of belonging, and the making of Christmas in August are published on Anthrovision.revues.org, the journal of the Visual Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. 

ERC Consolidator grant ‘Food citizens?’ 

Grasseni’s ERC Consolidator grant Food citizens? Collective food procurement in European cities: solidarity and diversity, skills and scale (2017-2022) examines the different types, premises and consequences of collective forms of food production, distribution and consumption in three European cities.

(From left to right: Post-doc dr. Robin Smith, Prof. dr. Cristina Grasseni, PhD candidate Vincent Walstra, Research assistant Hanna Stalenhoef, Phd candidate Ola Gracjasz and Phd candidate Maria Vasile).

Other research projects


Professor Cultural Anthropology

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Culturele Antropologie/ Ontw. Sociologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3A41



  • Regione Lombardia (Italy) Regional Forum on Research and Innovation
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