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Dr Brigida Marovelli

B.A (La Sapienza), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Brunel University)

Telephone: +353 (0)899725261
Postal Address:
Department of Geography
Museum Building
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2

Research Area

Highly qualified researcher with excellent expertise in ethnographic, qualitative and quantitative research.

Inspiring lecturer and supervisor for undergraduate and postgraduate student in social sciences.

Main research interests: Food Studies, Environmental Anthropology, Urban Studies, Cultural and Gender Studies; Social Policy in Practice, Economic Anthropology, Anthropology of Europe

Current research

Brigida is currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the European Research Council funded SHARECITY project, led by Professor Anna Davies. The project aims to assess the sustainability potential of food sharing economies in cities. Brigida contributes to the project with her expertise in contemporary food sharing practices both as an academic and as a practitioner.

Brigida will be conducting research in London and Athens, as case studies for SHARECITY research project.


Brigida was awarded her PhD in 2013 by Brunel University, UK, with a doctoral research exploring the dynamic relationship between place, history and landscape in an urban food market, Catania, Sicily and how this market informs a mythological image of the island.  She examined the ways in which this image has been constructed through ideas of history, space, landscape, modernity and tradition. She also completed a MSc in Medical Anthropology, Brunel University, UK, with a dissertation focused on food narratives in three different generation of Italian women in Rome. 

Brigida has a wealth of experience in teaching research methodology in social sciences and in supervising students’ research projects. She has co-founded the Dinner Exchange London, a community interest company, whose primary aim is to bring to the table the issues of food waste by facilitating a relaxed, informal opportunity to think about, and to discuss, the values ascribed to food. The focus of our events is on food sustainability and on guilt-free consumption.

Brigida has also organised campaigning events against food waste and food poverty, collaborating with international charities, institutions, gleaning networks and many people involved in alternative food networks across Europe.

Selected publications and research outputs

Forthcoming, A woman on a boat. Apprenticeship, gender and corporealities on a Sicilian fishing vessel. Book chapter in edited book by Nicolas Argenti and Chryssanthi Papadopoulou, “Humanity at Sea”, Ashgate.

Between Landscape and Territory: the Counterpoint of Wilderness and Domestication in a Sicilian Food Culture. In press “Food and Their Cultures”, Journal Anthropology of Food, Special Issue Food Cultures and Their Spaces

“Meat smells like corpses”: Public Space and Social Order in an Urban Sicilian Market through an Ethnographic Account of Sensory Perception Urbanities, Vol. 4, No 2, November 2014

Book review of Rice Talks by Nir Avieli, 2014, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 20(2): 384-385

Legitimacy, Authority and Power: Some Key Concepts in the Understanding of Contemporary Societies. (November 2013) Urbanities 3:133-9

Book review of Porta Palazzo. The Anthropology of an Italian Market by Rachel Black, Anthropos, 108(2) (Winter 2013): 634-635

Selected talks and conference presentations

July 2016 Paper presented the EASA 2016 14th International Congress, Milan, Italy. Paper title: “Being sperto, the performance of mistrust in a Sicilian fish market”

June 2015 Paper presented the SIEF 2013 12th International Congress, Zagreb, Croatia. Paper title: “'Meat smells like corpses': sensory perceptions in a Sicilian urban marketplace”

June 2014 Paper presented at the ASA14 Decennial: Anthropology and Enlightenment, Edinburgh, UK. Paper title: “A woman on a boat: apprenticeship, gender and corporealities on a Sicilian fishing vessel ” for the panel “Humanity at sea: hybridity and seafaring ”

August 2013 Paper presented at the 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Manchester, UK. Paper title: Between Resistance and Fatalism: The Use of Space in a Urban Historical Food Market, Catania, Sicily for the panel Enquiring into the urban form through governing practices and social organisation (IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology)

June 2013, Paper presentation at the SIEF 2013 11th International Congress, Tartu, Estonia. Title: Sensory experience, food, and ethnographic apprenticeship in a Sicilian market, Catania.

March 2012, Guest Speaker, Middlesex University, UK, Lecture: Food waste, food activism and the case of the “Dinner Exchange”

June 2012 Paper presentation at the international conference “Food in Italy”, Umbria Institute, Perugia, Italy. Paper title: Between Domestic and Wild, Local and Foreign. The Production of Landscape in a Sicilian Market

October 2011 Paper presentation at the Finnish Anthropology Conference, Dynamic Anthropology: Tensions between Theory and Practice, University of Helsinki, Finland. Paper title: Learning in Practice: Acquiring Local Knowledge through Apprenticeship during Fieldwork.

July 2011 Paper presentation at the “London Anthropology Day”, UCL, London. Paper title: The Ethnographic Flexibility: Acquiring Local Knowledge and Conventions during Fieldwork in a Food Market

July 2010 Paper presentation at the International Conference “Food, Power and Meaning”, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel. Paper title: Selling Imaginary Food, Eating Ideas: the different systems of values through the comparison of 'traditional' and 'alternative' markets in Catania, Sicily.

June 2010 Poster presentation at the Food Study - British Sociological Association's Annual Conference, British Library, London, UK.

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Last updated 29 September 2017