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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
One Discipline, Four Fields

Stefano Fiorini

Stefano Fiorini

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Research Associate, Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL)


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  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington (2006)
  • M.A. in Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington (2003)
  • B.Sc. in Natural Sciences and Biological Anthropology, Universita' degli Studi di Bologna, Italy (1997)

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Western Europe (Italy and Scotland); Amazonia and U.S.A. (Indiana)

Topical Interests: Environmental anthropology, identity and cultural diversity, participatory approaches to natural resource management, applied anthropology, change in people-environment interaction, qualitative, quantitative and interdisciplinary approaches to environmental studies.


My main research focus is on collaborative and participatory approaches to the management of natural resources. In this context I particularly look at the impact policies and initiatives of cultural, environmental preservation and sustainable development have in shaping peoplesí relationship with local places and the natural environment. These research activities involve interdisciplinary collaborations, the application of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and the understanding of the research problems across time and at different scales of analysis, requiring the application of geographic information system and participatory techniques. Other ongoing research focuses on identity of ethnic minorities in protected natural areas in Southern Italy. This research looks at the conditions under which local minorities retain their identity despite demographic and economic decline. I have conducted fieldwork in Italy, the Brazilian Amazon and Scotland; engaged in applied work in Scotland and Indiana. In order to share my work with a wider audience I have published in peer reviewed journals, wrote reports for public agencies and articles for newsletters and magazines.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming Fiorini S., Yearley S., Dandy N. Wild Deer Multivalence and institutional adaptation: The ‘deer management group’ in Britain. Human Organization, 70 (2).

Forthcoming Fiorini S. Addressing Change in Natural Resource Management: An Experiment with Participatory GIS. In: New Directions in Human-Environment Interactions. Moran E. and Brondizio E. editors.

Forthcoming Nijnik M., Miller D., Nijnik A., Fiorini S., Vogt N., Brondizio E., Morrice J. Public Participation for Planning the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Landscape Change. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

2009 Irvine J., Fiorini S., McLeod J., Turner A., van der Wal R., White P. Armstrong H. and Yearley S. Can managers inform models? Integrating local knowledge into models of red deer habitat use. Journal of Applied Ecology, 46, 344-352.

2009 Brondizio E.S., Fiorini S. and Adams R. Environmental anthropology. UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (Cultural Anthropology).