University of St Andrews


Dr Emilia Ferraro


  • Ph.D. Social Anthropology. University of Kent at Canterbury, Kent. England. 2000 
  • MA (Econ) Development Studies. International Development Centre, Victoria University of Manchester. England. 1992 
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology. Faculty of Humanities, University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Italy. First Class Honours. 1990


Research Interests

I have a background in economic anthropology and my initial extended fieldwork among the Quichua peasants of Northern Ecuador has focused on the relationship between culture, economy and religion; forms and relations of exchange; market and money. I am particularly interested in the role that culture, belief systems and values play in the production and reproduction of environmentally situated communities, and in the role of ethnicity and gender in theorizing Sustainable Development. Through the years, I have also researched and analyzed the culture and cosmology behind macro-economic policies, especially neoliberalism, and the emerging phenomenon of “transnational” currencies, thus necessarily engaging in debates on how to theorize poverty and global inequalities.

More recently, I have started exploring the connections between sustainability, anthropology and craft. I am currently investigating the multiple ways in which the concept of the human being, nature and society that lies at the core of craft thinking and practice can contribute to the sustainability project. Having lived for many years with the Indigenous Peoples of the Andes, I have developed an appreciation for different ways of knowing, so my interests include what kind of knowledge, and related values and awareness, "making" brings to sustainability.