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Dr Michele Filippo Fontefrancesco

Honorary Fellow

Research Fellow

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Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology  


Michele Filippo Fontefrancesco is a social anthropologist specialised in economic anthropology. 
He graduated at University of Eastern Piedmont (BA, 2005; MA, 2007) and completed my doctoral studies at Durham University (2012).
He is an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Anthropology and Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology.
Current Research
His current research focused on local development, with particular attention to entrepreneurship and sustainable development, and the construction of local know-how. He has conducted his fieldworks mainly in Italy and East Africa, with participation to research conducted in Eastern Europe, Iran and the United Kingdom. He published numerous works in Italy and internationally; among them: The End of the City of Gold?: Industrial and Economic Crisis in an Italian Jewellery Town (Cambridge Scholars, 2013) and Food Festivals and Local Development in Italy: A Viewpoint from Economic Anthropology (Palgrave, 2020).

Research interests

  • Economic Anthropology
  • Food Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Europe
  • Anthropology of Development


Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Fontefrancesco, M.F. (2014). Il Gelindo: Una tradizione natalizia tra Alessandria e Monferrato – A Christmas Tradition between Alessandria and Monferrato. Lu - ITA: Associazione Culturale San Giacomo.

Journal Article