SILVIA CONTESSI (PhD in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complexity at the University of Bergamo) works as an environmental technician on the remediation of polluted soils and aquifers. Her research interests focus on socio-ecological issues, examining the processes of environmental regeneration and the reconsideration of agrifood systems. Specifically, her attention is devoted to farming systems and the soil, and to alternative audit procedures, such as the Participatory Guarantee Systems or Municipal Designations (Denominazioni Comunali De.Co.).


CHIARA DEMALDE' (PhD at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at Univ. Milano-Bicocca) is a social researcher of food sustainability and critical consumption with a territorial perspective. For her PhD thesis she has studied the food system of the city of Milan using both quantitative and qualitative methods to individuate drivers and barriers of sustainable food consumption. Then, she has been interested in food policies and worked for the Assessment phase of the Milano Food Policy. She is member of the Research group of Urgenci, the international network on Community Supported Agriculture for food sovereignty and agro-ecology in Europe, that realized the first european census of CSAs.

FEDERICO DE MUSSO (MA in Anthropology of Food - SOAS, University of London; MA in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology - University of Bologna) is a PhD Student in Anthropology at McGill University. He is interested in alternative food making and provision, and social practices of disobedience. He researched Solidarity Economy Networks and their understanding of social, environmental and human health. Combining food studies and his interest in film making, photography and sound, Federico is involved in a variety of film and interactive media projects, writing and filming documentaries. His work on solidarity economy is the topic of a documentary, L'altra faccia dell'Arancia (2012). He has also been working as a research associate at Bergamo University and visiting research associate at Harvard University.


FRANCESCA FORNO is Associate Professor at Trento University, Department of Sociology and Social Research, where she teaches sociology and Sociology of Consumption. Two of her ongoing research interests are political consumerism and sustainable community movements. A special focus in these areas is on the consequences of the spread of market-based forms of action for citizens’ participation and mobilization. She is Associate Editor of Partecipazione e Conflitto, the first Italian/International academic journal specialized in the analysis of social and political participation. Together with Cristina Grasseni and Silvana Signori she is the founder of CORES. Full CV HERE

CRISTINA GRASSENI is Professor at Leiden University and Head of the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. She has worked on food activism (especially on Solidarity Purchase Groups, or Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale), solidarity economy networks in Italy and the United States, rural development in the Alps (including ecomuseums), and food heritage (especially cheese). She is interested in the "reinvention of food" as a means to critically rethink provisioning as a practice of active citizenship. Her projects include a Harvard Radcliffe fellowship (2011/12) and an ERC Consolidator grant (2017-2022). Together with Francesca Forno and Silvana Signori she is the founder of CORES. Full CV HERE
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PAOLO R. GRAZIANO is Professor in Political Science at the University of Padua. His main research areas are: Europeanization and European integration, local politics and policies for local development, the politics of welfare and welfare policies, participatory democracy, political consumerism, social movements. He has published in the European Journal for Political Research, European Political Science, Regional and Federal Studies, Social Policy and Administration, Governance, International Journal of Labour Law and Industrial Relations, Global Social Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Journal of Consumer Culture, European Journal of Social Security, The Annals of the America Academy of Political and Social Science.
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JONATHAN HANKINS is Researcher and Foreign Scientific Correspondent for the Bassetti Foundation for Responsible Innovation. He is currently based in Utrecht, Netherlands, having recently completed 3 years in Boston USA. His interests in responsible innovation are broad and include the grass-roots organization of sustainable economies and networks, and innovation development within sustainability. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Responsible Innovation, represents the Bassetti Foundation (a Founding Institutional Affiliate) in the Virtual Institute of Responsible Innovation (VIRI), is a collaborator within the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS) and Editor for Responsible Innovation at Innovation Excellence. He is the author of A Handbook for Responsible Innovation (2011) and is widely published online. His personal website is:


SIMON MAURANO (Bachelor in Political Science, PhD in Geography of Development, University of Naples “L’Orientale”). Simon's doctoral thesis looked at environmental conflicts and waste management, especially the waste emergency in the Campania region. His last position is research associate at Bergamo University (2013-2017) for three projects researching alternative food networks and the governance of the local food system in Bergamo province. His research interests include the environment and models of development, participation and grassroots movements, environmental conflicts, alternative economy, waste management, and local food systems. He has worked on environmental projects and in social cooperation, fair trade, training and education.

GIUSEPPINA MIGLIORE is Ph.D. in “Sociology, Territory and Rural Development” and Ph.D. in “Agricultural Economics and Policy” at the University of Palermo. She was Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow at Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Arizona (USA). She teaches Statistics at the Department of Agricultural and Forest Sciences - University of Palermo. She is author of several academic manuscripts published in prestigious national and international journals. She has been involved in researches with other universities, e.g. University of Naples Federico II, Marche Polytechnic University and University of Bergamo. Her major topics of research include Consumers studies and Consumer behavior.

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LARA MONTICELLI is a Post-doc Research Fellow at Scuola Normale Superiore – Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences in Florence (Italy). Her research interests involve political and economic sociology, new social movements, job insecurity and political participation (with a particular focus on youth, solidarity economy, non-conventional repertoires of action and sustainability, transition practices).She co-organized, together with Francesca Forno, Paolo R. Graziano and Torsten Geelan, the mini-conference ‘Re-Embedding the Social: New Modes of Production, Critical Consumption and Alternative Lifestyles’ at the 28th Annual Meeting of Society for Socio-Economic Advancement at the University of California, Berkeley.


GIOVANNI ORLANDO (MSc University College London, MRes PhD Goldsmiths College London) is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Turin, working on the project: 'The value of alternative food networks after the crisis: An Italian case study'. Read his blog here. His work with CORES centres on the links between Italy's recovered factories (fabbriche recuperate) and solidarity economies, and how these phenomena can contribute to an understanding of the grassroots forces that counteract the market by strengthening the sphere of mutuality.


SILVIA SALVI holds a master’s degree in “Institutions and consumers psychology” - “Research and intervention in the social and institutional areas” - from the University of Milano-Bicocca. She cooperated with the Cores Lab on the research entitled “Dentro il capitale delle relazioni” (“Inside the relational capital”), a national study on “Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale” (“Solidarity Purchase Groups”) and is now involved in the project “Il Sistema Lombardo di Garanzia Partecipativa” (“Participatory Guarantee System in Lombardy”). She was the contact person for the Bergamo eco-solidarity map, a community-mapping project developed by the Association Mercato&Cittadinanza. She currently works at the Ass. Opera Bonomelli ONLUS, developing social cohesion and first housing projects.

SILVANA SIGNORI is Associate Professor at the University of Bergamo – Department of Management, Economics and Quantitative Methods. She holds a PhD in Business Administration and Strategies with a dissertation on ‘Ethical Investors’. Her main areas of research are ethical investments, business ethics and corporate social responsibility, nonprofit organizations accounting and accountability, ethical consumers and new forms of activism (shareholder and consumer activism). She is one of the founder members of the Italian chapter of EBEN (European Business Ethics Network) and member of the Board of Directors of CYFE (Center for Young and Family Enterprise) at University of Bergamo (Italy) and Etica sgr. Together with Francesca Forno and Cristina Grasseni she is the founder of CORES. Full CV HERE

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FRANCESCO VITTORI (Bachelor in Political Science, University of Milan; MA in Communication, Media, Publishing, University of Bergamo) is a PhD Student in Human Capital Formation and Labour Relations at University of Bergamo. His PhD titled “Feeding the cities. The potential of sustainable agriculture for economic and social development” concerns the role of Sustainable Community Movement Organizations in the development of collective practices of food procurement in marginal areas. He is currently hosted as Visiting Ph.D Student at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Florianopolis, Brazil), within the Post-Graduate Program in Agroecosystems (Dept. Zootechnics and Rural Development).