Currently, I am a Research Fellow at UCL Anthropology working on the 'Anthropologies of Extortion' project (ERC 884839). My involvement in this project is in the field of extortion and the anthropology of the digital world in Nigeria.
Between 2021 and 2023, I was a Researcher in the LUXCORE project (Project number: 313004; Financed by: The Research Council of Norway) and an "Assegnista di ricerca" in Social Anthropology at the University of Bologna (DISCI Department). Within LUXCORE, I analyzed the conspicuous consumption of transnational elites and the neoliberal moral economy in Africa and Italy, conducting research in Lagos (Nigeria). Still in Bologna, I am also an Adjunct Professor for the 2021/2022 short course in the anthropology of crime and criminalisation for bachelor's students, and an Honorary Teaching Assistant of Social Anthropology.
I am the founder and co-convener of the EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists) network on the Anthropology of Crime and Criminalisation, AnthroCrime, and Managing Editor of Errantes, Journal of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
In 2018, right after my PhD, I spent one year as a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. During that period, I conducted research on Johannesburg domestic private security companies.
In 2016, during my PhD, I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Port Harcourt (Nigeria) on the role of Neo-Pentecostal Christianity in the Niger Delta crises, where only a few people could access the proceeds of the oil industry, leading to the emergence of armed groups and widespread conflicts. The research focused on the everyday lives of ordinary Nigerians, where Pentecostalism plays an important role, and the potential of Pentecostalism for peacemaking in the Niger Delta has been less investigated.
In my PhD thesis, I argue that despite focusing on evangelization rather than social welfare, Neo-Pentecostal churches played a crucial role in the Niger Delta crises. The churches provided physical and spiritual means and meanings to the population facing violence and insecurities and proposed spiritual warfare and a 'miracle economy' as alternatives to armed guerrilla in response to the denied dreams of wealth and wellbeing.
social and cultural anthropology; ethnography; peace and conflict; neo-pentecostalism; oil; violence; insecurity; youth; social movements; militants; secret cults; religion; crime; criminalization; politics; consumer capitalism; luxury; ICTs, Technology, fraud; corruption; Niger Delta, Nigeria; South Africa, Africa, Italy.