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Alessandro Rippa

Dr. Alessandro Rippa

Freigeist Fellow


Rachel Carson Center
Leopoldstr. 11a, 4. OG, 420
80802 Munich

Room: 428
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 72371

Alessandro Rippa is Freigeist Fellow and project director of the research group “Environing Infrastructure: Communities, Ecologies, and China’s ‘Green’ Development in Contemporary Southeast Asia,” sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation and located at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich (RCC), Germany. Together with his team of three, he focuses on the environmental components of Chinese large-scale infrastructure development in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining the RCC, Alessandro obtained his PhD in social anthropology from the University of Aberdeen in 2015 and held postdoctoral positions at LMU Munich and at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is currently on leave from his position as associate professor of Chinese studies at Tallinn University.

Alessandro’s research interests coalesce around three major trends in the social sciences today: the social and environmental impact of infrastructure development, the flow of commodities across national boundaries, and the role of informal markets in processes of globalization. He has pursued these interests in the ethnographic contexts of western and south-western China, particularly at China’s borders with Pakistan, Myanmar, and Laos. His current research focuses on the analysis of the social and environmental consequences of Chinese investments in Myanmar, and explores new theoretical approaches for the study of large-scale infrastructure. Alessandro is also working on an ethnographic film on hunting and re-wilding in his native region of northern Italy.

RCC Research Project: Environing Infrastructure: Communities, Ecologies, and China’s “Green” Development in Contemporary Southeast Asia

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