Stefano Fiorini

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Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Student Building 130
701 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-7100
Phone: (812) 855-6235
sfiorini[at]indiana [dot] edu
Research Interests: Collaborative management of natural resources and communities' participation in projects for local sustainable development.

My main research focus is on collaborative and participatory approaches to the management of natural resources. In this context I particularly look at the impact policies and initiatives of cultural, environmental preservation and sustainable development have in shaping peoples’ relationship with local places and the natural environment. These research activities involve interdisciplinary collaborations, the application of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and the understanding of the research problems across time and at different scales of analysis, requiring the application of geographic information system and participatory techniques. Other ongoing research focuses on identity of ethnic minorities in protected natural areas in Southern Italy. This research looks at the conditions under which local minorities retain their identity despite demographic and economic decline. I have conducted fieldwork in Italy, the Brazilian Amazon and Scotland; engaged in applied work in Scotland and Indiana. In order to share my work with a wider audience I have published in peer reviewed journals, wrote reports for public agencies and articles for newsletters and magazines.

Geographical Areas of Specialization: Western Europe (Italy and Scotland); Amazonia and U.S.A.  (Indiana)

Topical Interests: Environmental anthropology, identity and cultural diversity, participatory approaches to natural resource management, applied anthropology, change in people-environment interaction, qualitative, quantitative and interdisciplinary approaches to environmental studies.

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Selected Publications


Fiorini S., Yearley S., Dandy N. Wild Deer Multivalence and institutional adaptation: The ‘deer management group’ in Britain. Human Organization, 70 (2), 179-188.


Fiorini S. Addressing Change in Natural Resource Management: An Experiment with Participatory GIS. In: New Directions in Human-Environment Interactions. Moran E. and Brondizio E. editors.

2011 Nijnik M., Miller D., Nijnik A., Fiorini S., Vogt N., Brondizio E., Morrice J. Public Participation for Planning  the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Landscape Change. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5 (11), 303-320.

Irvine J., Fiorini S., McLeod J., Turner A., van der Wal R., White P. Armstrong H. and Yearley S. Can managers inform models? Integrating local knowledge into models of red deer habitat use. Journal of Applied Ecology46, 344-352.

2009 Brondizio E.S., Fiorini S. and Adams R. Environmental anthropology. UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (Cultural Anthropology).
2007 Fiorini S., Tagarelli G., Boattini A., Luiselli D., Piro A., Tagarelli A. and Pettener D. Ethnicity and evolution of the biodemographic structure of Arbereshe and Italian populations of the Pollino Area, Southern Italy (1820-1984). American Anthropologist, 109, 735-746.
2007 Tagarelli G., Fiorini S., Piro A., Luiselli D., Tagarelli A., and Pettener, D. Ethnicity and biodemographic structure in the Arbereshe of the province of Cosenza, Southern Italy in the XIX century. Collegium Antropologicum, 31, 331-338.

Moran E.F., Adams R., Bakoyéma B., Fiorini S., Boucek B. Human strategies for coping with El Niño related drought in Amazônia. Climatic Change, 77, 343-361.

1997 Pettener D., Fiorini S., Tarazona-Santos E. Within-lineage repeated-pair isonymy (RPw) in a high altitude Quechua community of the Central Peruvian Andes, 1825-1914. Monographic Issue of the Rivista Española de Antropologia Biologica, 18:25-37.