Project’s results

Reserch Methodology of the Project


A Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Fieldwork A Few Thoughts on Methodologies and Ethical Requirements


Research in the fields of law, legal theory, and political philosophy seldom involves fieldwork activities aimed at the collection of data in local communities. Fieldwork methodologies, ethical requirements, and practical issues are often considered something each researcher needs to take care of, independently. This short piece is a pocket guide for «fieldwork hitchhikers», may they be early career researchers, PhD students, or who- ever else approaches «the field». It does not have the intention to be comprehensive or groundbreaking. It is rather aimed at calling for more attention to the ethical requirements and research methodologies of fieldwork, as well as to the need to finetune them to the realities of the field while respecting the rights of local communities.

Link to article

Online Webinar

Webinar exploring the aspects addressed in our thematic section titled “Field Research, Ethics and Interdisciplinarity”, published in the last issue of the journal Ragion Pratica.

(Video from the YouTube channel of the Research Unit on Everyday Bioethics and Ethics of Science)

Video – Training material

Civic sentinels for environmental justice and for the ecosystem

Video on Methodology and community engagement in RES and Food Sovereignity and Sustainable Development in Sicily PON-Green Projects in collaboration with SensJus and ESAIRE European-funded projects (led by Anna Berti Suman and Irene Eleta).

Video produced by Horizon Resource Booster

Research Results


The Political Ecology of Small-scale and Artisanal Fisheries: Enclosures, Property and Conservation

Journal: Ragion Pratica



This article concentrates on some aspects of the political ecology of a specific portion of marine resource users, holders, and guardians – small-scale and artisanal fisheries (SSFs) – with the aim of exploring some of the struggles they are currently facing and how they are positioned vis à vis some of the solutions proposed to improve marine resources and ecosystems management and conservation. In particular, the article looks at the expansion of states’ sovereignty and private property to reduce unsustainable catches and at the establishment of marine and coastal protected areas as instruments that often fall short of sufficiently considering and respecting the livelihoods, culture, and practices of SSFs, so being at risk of falling under the catchy name of ocean grabbing.

It is an explorative study, aimed at underlining the importance of keeping a political perspective when looking at SSFs.

Link to article


Assessing the values of nature to promote a sustainable future

Journal: Nature


Understanding the diverse ways in which the natural world provides value aids informed policy decisions. The generation of a detailed catalogue of this diversity, and ways to assess values, paves the way to a more sustainable future.

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Book chapter

Algunas reflexiones sobre la arquitectura de los derechos. ¿Son los límites internos diferentes de los externos?

Book: Materiales para una teoría del los derechos. Ensayo de filosofía analítica (Núnez Miguel F., ed.). Marcia Pons


Por lo general, cada derecho tiene como objetivo la protección de un interés (o un conjunto de intereses agrupados) de un solo sujeto. Sin embargo, es posible imaginar un derecho que se reconoce para proteger, al mismo tiempo, dos o más intereses distintos de dos o más sujetos distintos. Este capítulo se enfoca en los límites internos de los derechos que pueden derivar del conflicto que pueda suscitarse entre los dos o más intereses protegidos para de un derecho. Analizando tres derechos –los derechos parentales, el derecho a un medioambiente saludable y la libertad de expresión– el capítulo se pregunta si tales límites internos son una fachada cuyo comportamiento es equivalente al de los límites externos. En conclusión, el capítulo demuestra que la arquitectura de los derechos es relevante. No porque lleve a posiciones normativas diferentes, sino porque la forma en que los derechos son vistos, interpretados, tratados, percibidos, temidos y apreciados depende de consideraciones que pueden no ser del todo conscientes y explícitas para los intérpretes y que están influenciadas por la apariencia del derecho. Esta consideración nos recordará que los derechos son productos históricos humanos. Y ningún producto o acción humana puede ser completamente neutral e imparcial. Para comprender totalmente el ámbito de los derechos es, por tanto, necesario involucrarse más profundamente en cómo la gente real ve, percibe y trata con el mundo abstracto de los conceptos.

Video sulla pesca artigianale in Sicilia e nel Mediterraneo