Professor Italo Pardo

Honorary Professor of Social Anthropology
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Professor Italo Pardo


Italo Pardo received his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of London in 1988. He is an Honorary Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Kent and a member of the European Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. In the 1980s, Italo Pardo pioneered research in the urban West in British anthropology (Managing Existence in Naples, 1996), and in the early 1990s initiated anthropological research on legitimacy, morality, corruption and the élite (Morals of Legitimacy, 2000; Between Morality and the Law, 2004; Legitimacy: Methodological and Theoretical Insights, with G.B. Prato, 2018; the Podcast Bribes, Foxes, and Moral Legitimacy).

Professor Pardo has lectured world-wide, authored a large body of peer-reviewed articles and books based on his research in Italy, France, and England, and edits with Professor Giuliana B. Prato the Series “Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology”.

Professor Pardo established and co-edits the journal Urbanities and co-founded and presides over the not-for-profit association, International Urban Symposium-IUS. He leads a multidisciplinary project on legitimacy. He recently published Urban Inequalities (2021) and The Legitimacy of Healthcare and Public Health: Anthropological Perspectives (2023) with G. B. Prato. His profile and select publications are available at

Research interests

Professor Pardo's research interests include:

  • Urban settings
  • Formality and Informality
  • Legitimacy


Students engaged in ethnographic research in the fields of Urban Anthropology, Economic and Political Anthropology, Formality and Informality, Anthropology of Law, Legitimacy, Morality.


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