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Dr Giuliana B. Prato

Honorary Senior Research Fellow



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Recent Activity

In November 2011, Italo and Giuliana launched the online peer-reviewed journal Urbanities, Journal of Urban Ethnography.​

Research Interests

Committed to ethnographically based analysis, Dr. Prato has carried out fieldwork mainly, though not exclusively, in urban areas in Italy (1981-82; 1985; 1986; 1988-1996, intermittent; 1999; 2000; 2004-06; 2008), Britain (1990; 1997; 2000) and Albania (1999; 2000; 2003; 2006; 2007). Over the years, her research interests have included religious practice in relation to theological debates on death, sin and expiation (Laurea Thesis); political representation and change and the effects of economic policies and environmental activism (PhD Thesis); hunting with hounds; governance and legal reforms in post-socialist Albania, a mainly Muslim country (post-doctoral). She has carried out extensive historical research on the political significance of Arbëresh (Albanian) migrations to Italy and the integration of Arbëresh communities in Italian society.

Current Research Projects

More recently, Dr. Prato's research has addressed the relationship between social and cultural change and global processes, such as the politics of immigration and transnational power relations. From such a perspective, she has carried out research on the EU Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, with particular reference to Albania and the construction of the Trans-European Network. Mid- to long-term plans include an expanded project on social organisation and economic and political change in Albania. This project links to her broader research on legal reforms, citizenship and governance in the context of Albania's accession to, and eventually full membership of, the European Union.

University Teaching

Dr. Prato's teaching, assessed as excellent by HEFCE, has reflected her research and theoretical interests. She has taught courses in Political and Economic Systems, Ethnicity and Nationalism, Introduction to Social Anthropology. She has also taught an interdepartmental course 'Understanding Other Cultures' (University of Kent) and the interfaculty course Social Anthropology, which focused on cognitive systems and cultural and ethnic aspects of illness (University of Florence). She cooperated with bio-physical anthropologists, contributing to conferences and research projects, and jointly supervising research students. During non-teaching periods, she has been involved mainly in research activity. She has taught in British, Italian, Swiss and Albanian Universities.:

  • Britain: (University of Kent; Goldsmiths College, University of London)
  • Italy: (University of Florence, Contract Professor; University of Naples 'Federico II')
  • Switzerland (University of Fribourg)
  • Albania: (Tirana) - Convenor and co-director of the postgraduate school in Social Anthropology (jointly sponsored by Albania Academy of Sciences, University of Tirana and the Catholic University ZKM).

The School was aimed at post-graduate training, with particular reference to urban anthropological research (theoretical, methodological and ethical issues). As convenor and co-director (with Dr I. Pardo) of the school my duties included: lecturing, seminar teaching, seminars convenor, doctoral and master advisor, administration. The school also involved anthropologists from the University of the Peloponnese (Greece), the University of Messina (Italy), the University of Kent (UK). The courses were attended by junior and senior scholars from the University of Tirana, the Albanian Academy of Sciences, the Catholic University 'Zoja e Këshillit të Mirë' (Tirana), the Municipality of Tirana, the Albanian Ministries of Labour and Transport, the University of Prishtina (Kosovo), the Kosovar Ministry of Education, the University of Graz (Austria), the University of Halle (Germany), the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Special Positions

  • Dr Prato is a founding member and Secretary-Treasurer of the not-for-profit association International Urban Symposium-IUS
  • Dr Prato is co-founder and co-editor (with Dr Italo Pardo) of the Series Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology (since 2014)
  • Dr Prato serves as Chair of the Commission on Urban Anthropology (IUAES). As Chair of the Commission, she has initiated the establishment of the CUA’s web page, co-ordinated the work of the Commission’s Executive, expanding the Commission’s goals and network, and published the first Handbook of the Commission. In 2010, in collaboration with Professor Michael Fischer, Dr Prato has reorganised the Commission’s website. As Chair of the CUA, Dr Prato has encouraged the establishment of the Commission's peer-reviewed Journal Urbanities and serves on the Journal's Scientific Committee.
  • Dr Prato is co-founder and co-editor (with Dr Italo Pardo) of the Ashgate Series on Urban Anthropology (2007-2013 ), now published by Routledge
  • Dr Prato served on the Scientific Organising Committee (since 2009) of the XII IUAES World Congress (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences) on Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds, held in Manchester (UK) in August 2013
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  • 2017. I. Pardo & G.B.Prato (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Urban Ethnography, Palgrave MacMillan.
  • 2011. G.B. Prato & I. Pardo (eds), Anthropology in the City: Methods, methodology and theory. The volume includes revised papers that were presented at the Round-table Conference held at the LSE (London). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • 2010. I. Pardo & G.B. Prato (eds), Citizenship and The Legitimacy of Governance. Anthropology in the Mediterranean Region. Farnham: Ashgate. In Publication.
  • 2009. G.B. Prato (ed.), Beyond Multiculturalism. Views from Anthropology. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • 2006. G. B. Prato (ed.), Political Ideology, Citizenship, Identity: Anthropological Approaches. Special issue of the peer-reviewed Journal Global Bioethics, vol.19.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • 2011: Introduction (co-authored). Chapter in I. Pardo & G.B. Prato (eds), Anthropology in the City: Methods, methodology and theory. Farnham: Ashgate. (Forthcoming: see 2011 book above)
  • 2011: 'Urban ethnography in South East Europe: Brindisi and Durres compared'. Chapter in I. Pardo & G.B. Prato (eds), Anthropology in the City. Farnham: Ashgate. (Forthcoming: see 2011 book above)
  • 2010a: 'Introduction: Disconnected Governance and the Crisis of legitimacy' (co-authored), in I. Pardo & G.B. Prato (eds), Citizenship and the Legitimacy of Governance. Farnham: Ashgate (see 2010 book above).
  • 2010b: 'The "Costs" of European Citizenship: Governance and Relations of Trust in Albania'. Chapter, in I. Pardo & G.B. Prato (eds), Citizenship and the Legitimacy of Governance. Farnham: Ashgate (see 2010 book above).
  • 2009a: 'Introduction. Beyond Multiculturalism: Anthropology at the Intersections between the Local, the National and the Global', in G.B. Prato (ed.), Beyond Multiculturalism (see 2009 book above).
  • 2009b: 'Minorities rights in Italy: The case of Arbëresh and Albanian migrations'.Chapter, in G.B. Prato (ed.), Beyond Multiculturalism (see 2009 book above).
  • 2009c: (in English and in Chinese) 'From the local to the global. The relevance of urban anthropology'. Chapter, in P.J. Nas and Zhang Jijiao (eds), Anthropology Now. Beijin: Intellectual Property Publishing House China.
  • 2007a: 'Urban Anthropology'. Specialist article, in International Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences. Macmillan, 2nd Edition: 134-36
  • 2007b: 'Esoticità, stereotipi e l’antropologia del Mediterraneo'. Chapter, in V. Serino (ed.) Il Mediterraneo dalla Natura alla Cultura: Passato, Presente e Futuro dal Comune Destino. Florence: Pontecorboli.
  • 2006a: (published in Chinese) 'An Introduction to the Commission on Urban Anthropology'. Article, in Journal of Guangxi University for Nationalities, vol. 28, 5: 59-63.
  • 2006b: 'Introduction'. Chapter, in G.B. Prato (ed.), Political Ideology, Citizenship, Identity: Anthropological Approaches. (see 2006 book above): 3-11.
  • 2005: 'The British fox-hunting debate: A Puritan legacy?' Article, in Human Ecology Review, 12 (2): 142-154.
  • 2004a: 'The devil is not as wicked as people believe, neither is the Albanian'. Chapter, in I. Pardo (ed.), Between Morality and Law. Corruption, Anthropology and Comparative Societies. Aldershot: Ashgate: 69-84.
  • 2001a: 'Etica della responsabilità e governo delle cose', Article, in Quaderni Radicali, XXIV (73/74/75): 95-113.
  • 2000b: 'Corruzione, globalizzazione e cambiamento in Albania', Chapter, in I. Pardo (ed.), Corruzione, Moralità e Legge. Special issue of Sviluppo Economico, 4(3): 245-254.
  • 2000c: 'The cherries of the mayor. Degrees of morality and responsibility in local administration'. Chapter, in I. Pardo (ed.) Morals of Legitimacy: Between Agency and the System. Oxford: Berghahn Books. pp.57-82.
  • 2000d: 'I paradossi latenti della corruzione.', Article, in Sviluppo Economico, 4 (1): 115-20.
  • 1999: 'The symbols, the names, the programmes. Urban identity and political representation in Brindisi'. Chapter in B. Jezernik (ed.), Urban Symbolism and Rituals. Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana Press: 97-109. 
  • 1993: 'Political decision-making: Environmentalism, ethics and popular participation in Italy'. Chapter in K. Milton (ed.), Environmentalism: A view from Anthropology,London: Routledge: 174-88. 

Electronic Publications

Since 2003, contributions to the Annual Bulletin of the Commission on Urban Anthropology, posted on the Commission’s website: (new web address).

  • 2007: G.B. Prato (ed.), Silver Jubilee Handbook of the Commission on Urban Anthropology
  • 2002: Re-publication of 'Etica della responsabilità e governo delle cose' at

Newspaper Articles

  • 1998a: 'Il trasformismo soffoca l'etica', Il Denaro, VIII (49).
  • 1998b: 'Dispotiche anomalie italiane', Il Denaro, VIII (45).
  • 1998c: 'La politica a responsabilità limitata', Il Denaro, VIII (40).

Broadcast Programmes

  • 2006: Interview on "The Development of Anthropology in Albania: The School in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and the Activity of the Commission on Urban Anthropology". Radio Kontakt and Radio Tirana. September.
  • 2010: Interview on "The Formal and the Informal: Contested Categories of Socio-Economic Life". Annual Conference, Commission on Urban Anthropology. Gioiosa Marea, Sicily. May.

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