Project’s results


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.

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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



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.

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