Paolo Gruppuso

Research Fellow

Phone: +39 0172 458569

Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 9
fraz. Pollenzo – 12042 Bra (Cn)



Paolo Gruppuso is an environmental anthropologist interested in interdisciplinary research concerning sustainability, landscape, urban ecology, and human-environment relations.  He studied Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, obtaining his PhD in 2016 with a dissertation on environmental conflicts between farming and nature conservation in two protected wetlands of Agro Pontino, Italy. Based on extensive archival and ethnographic research, his thesis is an in-depth study of how wetlands emerged over time as entanglements of landscape policy, local use, and environmental ethics. From 2013 to May 2018, he was affiliated to the European Research Council project “Knowing From the Inside: Anthropology, Art, Architecture and Design,” based at Aberdeen University and led by Professor Tim Ingold.

In 2018 he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), where he worked within the Art of Judgement working group led by Dr Wilko Graf Von Hardenberg (Dept.3). His project at the MPIWG concerned the history of wetland conservation within the wider fields of conservation science and environmentalism.

At the University of Gastronomic Sciences he is working on a long-term project that looks at environmental relations in Agro Pontino from a broad perspective. In particular, he is now exploring the link between urban ecology, agriculture and food in Latina in relation to the wider area. He is the vice-convenor of the Master of Gastronomy: Creativity, Ecology, and Education, where he teaches the course Food and Anthropology and leads the workshop on Deep Mapping.

He has published articles on environmental conflicts in the Anthropocene, on the relations between history and geology in wetlands, on the environmental and social history of Agro Pontino, and on environmental perception (in press).






  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Urban Ecologies
  • Sustainability
  • Social and environmental history of wetlands
  • Environmental, social and gastronomic marginality


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