TransAlps - Sustainable transition and applied research in alpine territories

Comparative approaches between France, Switzerland and Italy

The TransAlps project is the 2021 laureate of the "Ecological transition and social justice" theme of the Emerging Research call for projects.

The use of ethnographic and comparative methods of anthropology to the variety of forms of territorial governance has been little explored by social research. However, the analysis of relations underway between States and their “marginal” areas, and in particular the intersections between the various scales of democratic participation, at a time of profound political, economic, and ecological mutations following the Covid-19 health crisis, is extremely important. However, methods and epistemological and deontological features of a socio-anthropology involved in the elaboration of collective and inclusive projects towards transition still need to be defined. By comparing the ways of articulating the scales of public action in three Alpine contexts, in France, Switzerland and Italy respectively, The TRANSAlp project aims - on the one hand - to empirically explore the conditions of a transition to sustainability and social justice in singular socio-spatial configurations and - on the other hand - to inquire on the role that social sciences, and in particular an applied and implicated socio-anthropology, can play in the setting up of new governance models.

Porteur du projet

Gabriele Orlandi

  • Institution: Aix-Marseille University
  • Scientific field: alpine anthropology, economic anthropology, development anthropology, historical anthropology,

Scientific output

Orlandi Gabriele, 2021, Mangiare la montagna, arginare lo spopolamento : processi di tipicizzazione e prospettive di sviluppo territoriale nel caso di un formaggio DOC cuneese (1890-1985), Il Presente e la Storia, set 2021, no 99 (to be published)

Orlandi Gabriele et Noûs Camille, 2021, « La renaissance des campagnes : Enquête dans une France qui se réinvente, de Vincent Grimault, aux Éditions du Seuil », Les cahiers de la LCD, 2021, N° 14. (to be published)

Scientific activities

Member of the "Societies in Mutation in the Mediterranean" (SoMuM) institute , doctoral program "Mediterranean Studies"

Winner of the WWNA APPLY AWARD 2021, category "social movements" as a collaborator of the research project "Montagne In Movimento" - EASA Applied Anthropology Network

Team members

Valentina Porcellana

Permanent researcher in anthropology with qualification of second rank professor. First (2008) affiliated to the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin and - since 2020 - lecturer in Alpine Anthropology and Anthropology of Tourism at the Department of Human and Social Sciences of the University of Aosta Valley / Università della Valle d'Aosta (Italy).

Viviana L. Toro Matuk

  • Doctorate in Anthropology - Milano Bicocca University-Italy

Lecturer in applied ethics, philosophy and sociology of health, prevention and health education, with a particular interest in contemporary bioethical debate.

Ecological Transition and Social Justice : Inventing New Operating Models

The current environmental crisis, to which has recently been added the global health crisis linked to the Covid-19 epidemic, poses an unprecedented challenge and calls for far-reaching changes in all political, economic and social practices, both at the individual and collective scales. Despite social and political awareness of the need and urgency for a transition, and despite research and technological advances on sustainability, the expected results are largely overdue. This is partly due to the fact that we do not have a sufficiently detailed and operational understanding of how transitions of this magnitude can be carried out, and to the absence of an overall project that can federate and commit citizens to act collectively, in a significant way, in favour of sustainability, for the thorough transformation of society and behaviour.

Because it implies the invention of new operating models to support and complement technical developments, the environmental transition seems only possible if it is fair and perceived as such. The relationship between environmental issues and the challenges of social justice, already posed by the Brundtland Commission 30 years ago, deserves to be put back at the center of discussions on sustainability and transition.




Projet TRANSAlp, lauréat de l'appel à projet "Recherches émergentes"