Chiara CCDP


PhD Researcher in Anthropology and Sociology
Spoken languages
Italian, English, French, Spanish, Dutch
Areas of expertise
  • Urban segregation
  • Radical geography
  • Social inequalities
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Informal economy
  • Performance studies
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • South Africa

PhD Thesis


PhD Supervisor & 2nd Reader: Dennis Rodgers and Graziella Moraes Dias Da Silva

Expected completion date: 2023-2024




Chiara Feliciani is an anthropologist with a background in media studies. Both her MA fieldwork as well as her current research has taken places in stigmatised and marginalised areas of big cities in the South of Italy. Her interest lays in adopting a post-colonial lens in assessing the family histories, personal trajectories and hopes for the future of those living and growing up in these urban spaces. A particular interest is also placed on how media and cultural productions also inform these contexts, relevant particularly to the overtly represented city of Naples, where the fieldwork of her current project has take place. Though her initial interest lay particularly in masculinity and aspirations, her research has no extended to include the trajectories, of females, particularly mothers. Chiara intends to come to a deep understanding of the “vacuum” that is experienced by a population that laments the increasing lack of support on behalf of social institutions and the disappearance of a culture of reciprocity amongst those struggling economically in contemporary Southern Italy. Methodologically she is interested in incorporating action research practices, particularly in group settings where she feels comfortable putting into practice her experience as group mediator. Her ultimate aspiration as a researcher is to incorporate her interest in the therapeutic power of collective music making in her work. 

Country of origin: Italy


Academic Work Experience


Research Experience

Research Assistant at the Graduate Institute in the ERC project 'Gangs, Gangsters and Ganglands: Towards a Global Comparative Ethnography'