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Dr Michele Fontefrancesco


University of Gastronomic Sciences

Michele Filippo Fontefrancesco is a social anthropologist, specialising in the field of economic anthropology. He completed his studies at the University of Eastern Piedmont, Italy, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland, and Durham University, UK. He is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Italy, and collaborates with other universities in Italy and abroad.

His research analyses local development in rural and urban communities, with a particular interest in the relationship between the global economy and local areas. Cultural heritage, crafts, and local production specialization have in particular been considered as fundamental elements in defining and supporting local resilience.

Michele published his monograph The End of the City of Gold? (2013) with Cambridge Scholars, and his other works encompass edited volumes, such as Foto e Memoria di un Paese di Collina (with Elia Ranzato, 2012) and Gelindo a Christmas Tradition (2013), as well as numerous articles published in journals such as the Journal of the Anthropological Institute, Social Analysis, Progress in Development Studies, and Anthropological Notebooks.