1. Fault Lines

My first research project investigated earthquakes and modern urbanization in Italy. The resulting book, titled Fault Lines: Earthquakes and Urbanism in Modern Italy, has been published  by  Berghahn Books, Oxford and New York (May 2015). Fault Lines has been awarded the 2015 Book Prize of the American Society for Italian Studies, in the category 20th and 21st centuries, and the 2016 Anci-Storia Book Prize, jointly awarded by the SISSCO (Società Italiana per lo Studio della Storia Contemporanea) and the ANCI (Associazione Nazionale dei Comuni Italiani). The book has also been shortlisted for the SISSCO Opera Prima (first work) award. You can read reviews of Fault Lines in the journals Environmental History and Global Environment.

This project’s outputs also include :

“Post-Disaster Migrations and Returns: the 1908 Messina Earthquake and the 1968 Belice Valley Earthquake (Sicily) », in «Environmental Change and Migration in Historical Perspective», Uwe Luebken ed., special issue of Global Environment: Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences, 9 (2012), 26-49.

«The City-Territory: Large-Scale Planning and Development Policies in the Aftermath of the 1968 Belice Earthquake (Sicily) », Planning Perspectives: An international journal of history, planning, and the environment, 28, 4 (2013), 571-593.

«Belice 1968: istituzioni, territorio, memorie» in Mariuccia Salvati and Loredana Sciolla, eds. L’Italia e le sue regioni: istituzioni, territori, culture, società, vol. 3: Culture, 403-18. Roma: Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani.

2. Entangled Flows

This project, which I started thanks to a Marie Curie IO Fellowship, aims at retracing the epoch-making transformation of water uses and circulation in the Po River valley over the last 150 years. This project is aimed at a second book-lenght monograph which I am currently writing, and tentatively entitled Entangled Flows: Water Infrastructure and the Politics of Interdependence in the Po Watershed, 1863-2003.

This project’s outputs include:

“Per una storia ambientale della circolazione delle acque nel bacino del Po. Note su una ricerca in corso,” in AltroNovecento: Ambiente, Tecnica, Società, 28 (2016) [online].

“Charting the Flow: Water Science and State Hydrography in the Po Watershed, 1872-1917,” in Environment and History, 23, 1 (2017): 65-96.

“From Water to Water? An Envirotechnical and Spatial Approach to Hydropower in the Industrialization of the Po Valley, ca. 1880-1970,” Forthcoming in Technology and Culture.

Here is a link to the project website, containing some interactive maps on water infrastructure throught time and historical information on water uses:

Here is a link to the FB page of this project: