School of Geography, University of Leeds

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Federico Venturini is a PhD student at the School of Geography at the University of Leeds, UK. After a bachelor degree in Philosophy, he holds a master degree in Philosophy from the University of Trieste with a thesis on Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosophy of language and game theory, and one in History and European Culture from the University of Udine (Italy) on the impact of institutional and grassroots urban initiatives of city’s development. Aim of his current PhD project is to explore the relations between modern cities and urban social movements, using Social Ecology as research framework. As part of the CONTESTED CITIES FP7 network, he is working with social movements in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) with participatory/militant methodology. Since 2013, he is member on the advisory board of the Transnational Institute of Social Ecology – Verlinghieri, E.TRISE.
He has a blog on his activist-research experiences:


Social Ecology and Contemporary Urban Struggles. In: Eiglad, E. ed. Social Ecology and Social Change. Porsgrunn: New Compass.

Bookchin: Living Legacy of an American Revolutionary : An Interview with Debbie Bookchin. ROAR Magazine. Link. PDF

2014 [– con ]
Scarcity, post-scarcity and local community: L’Aquila as a case study. Planum, II (29), pp. 51-69. Link. PDF

2014 [– con Verlinghieri, E.]
Disaster Recovery and the Need for Community Participation: the C.A.S.E. Project in L’Aquila as a Case Study. In: Calandra, L.M., et al. eds. Multiple Geographical Perspectives on Hazards and Disasters. Rome: Valmar, pp. 95-104.

Le Proteste Popolari a Rio de Janeiro a Partire da Giugno 2013: Uno Studio Preliminare. In: XIII Coloquio Internacional de Geocrítica El control del espacio y los espacios de control, 5/10 May 2014. Link. PDF