Prof Christina Grasseni, Professor of Anthropology, University of Leiden

Cristina Grasseni is Professor of Anthropology and Scientific Director at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University. Her research interests lie broadly in economic, political and visual anthropology, focusing on: solidarity economies, sustainability and social contestation (Beyond Alternative Food Networks, 2013); food heritage (The Heritage Arena, 2017) and visual and sensory ethnography (Digital Visual Engagements, special issue of Anthrovision.revues.org, 2014). Cristina Grasseni’s latest book, The Heritage Arena (2017) unravels the political agency of heritage cheese in the reinvention of local economies and ecology in the Alps. Beyond Alternative Food Networks (2013) analysed Italy’s solidarity economy networks as ethnographic models of grassroots transition to sustainable consumption and food sovereignty.