• ResearcherDepartment of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa

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I am a Post-Doc researcher at the University of Pisa currently working in the EU-funded GRANULAR project. One of my main tasks in this project is to coordinate the work of different territorial Living Labs aiming to involve rural actors in the elaboration of innovative local policies based on local needs.

Previously, I have worked at the Free University of Bolzano with a research on the trajectories of generational renewal in agriculture and transition to multifunctionality in the Italian Inner Areas. In 2020, I completed my Ph.D. in Rural Sociology at the Agrisystem Doctoral School of the Catholic University of Piacenza with a thesis focused on the analysis of the impact of quinoa production on the local land tenure system, agricultural labor organization, and food security levels in the Bolivian Southern Highlands. During the PhD, I was a visiting Ph.D. fellow at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in La Paz as well as well as at the Universities of Wageningen and Lleida. I also volunteered in rural development projects in the Andean region and Caribbean.

Key research interests

  • Multifunctionality of agriculture and of rural space
  • Generational renewal in agriculture
  • Rural tourism
  • Rural-Urban linkages

Core competences

  • Participatory research
  • Food (in)security assessment
  • Qualitative research and analysis

Current EU-funded and national projects

GRANULAR – Giving Rural Actors Novel data and re-Useable tools to Lead public Action in Rural areas

See the list of all projects the group is involved in here

Some recent publications

Uleri, F., Elsen, S., Piccoli, A.  (2022). New farmers and eco-social transformation for inner areas: processes of innovation and social construction of quality in Trentino Alto-Adige and Liguria. Fuori Luogo. Rivista Di Sociologia Del Territorio, Turismo, Tecnologia.

Meloni, B., Uleri, F. (2022). “Turismo Rurale, Multifunzionalità e Aree Interne”. In A. Cecchini & A. Sanna (eds.), Intorno all’Interno: per una ciambella senza buco. Alcune idee sviluppate nel tempo su politiche utili per affrontare la crisi delle aree interne della Sardegna. (Collana Studi Urbani e Regionali). FrancoAngeli: Milano. ISBN 978-88-942242-3-8.

Uleri, F. (2021). Peasantry and Agrarian Capitalism from below: The Peasant Communities of the Bolivian Southern Highlands under the Quinoa-boom. AGER: Revista de Estudios sobre Despoblación y Desarrollo Rural (Journal of Depopulation and Rural Development Studies), (32), 39-63.