Staff Profile:Dr Lorenzo D'Angelo

Areas of Interest:
  • Natural Resources and Extractive Industries
  • Environmental and Economic Anthropology
  • Colonial History of East and West Africa
  • Interplay between human and non-human
  • Mining Temporalities
  • Global labour history
  • Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda
Research groups / Centres:

Department of International Development

Walker Institute

Key Facts:

Lorenzo is a cultural anthropologist interested in natural resources and extractive industries, environmental and economic anthropology. He obtained his PhD in Anthropology of the Contemporary in 2011 from the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy). Lorenzo is co-founder and co-convenor of the EASA Anthropology of Mining network and has conducted field research in Sierra Leone and Tanzania. In Sierra Leone he has examined different aspects of artisanal mining (e.g. religion, technology, time, work ethics and morality). In Tanzania his ethnographic research focused on agro-pastoral systems and climate change among Maasai communities.

An assumption behind his anthropological approach is the idea that the environment is not a passive container of resources but a system of relationships that escapes from strict dichotomies between animate and inanimate, human and non-human. Following this line of thought, he has developed a theoretical interest in new materialism and material ecocriticism. In general terms, Lorenzo's work advocates the value of an approach that links together micro- and macro-historical analyses and establishes a dialogue between ethnography and history of practices and imaginaries. Indeed, his ethnographic research in Sierra Leone has been complemented by archival investigations conducted between 2008 and 2015 in various institutions, including the United Kingdom's National Archives, the Selection Trust Archives at the London School of Economics, the British Newspapers Library, and the National Library in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Currently, he works alongside Professor Eleanor Fisher on the EU Horizon 2020 funded NORFACE/Belmont project "Gold Matters: Sustainability Transformations in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining: Trans-Regional and Multi-Actor Perspectives "

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