Lorenzo is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology with Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of St Andrews with a keen interest in alternatives to resource extraction and indigenous peoples’ autonomous project design for the pursuit of a ‘good life’.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theories and Practices of Anthropology from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, and a Master’s degree in Ethno-Anthropological Sciences from the same institution. For his Master’s, he conducted 4-month fieldwork research in the Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexico working with members of the Indigenous Pastoral (Pastoral Indígena), a Catholic movement committed with the cause of indigenous rights. His project focused on the processes of land defence that these religious carry out alongside indigenous communities and political activists.
His current project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, explores the ‘life projects’ of the Masewal, Totonakú and Mestizo peoples of the Sierra Norte de Puebla, intended as alternatives to the big-scale projects of resource extraction that affect the region. This research aims to look at how small-scale renewable (solar) energy projects promoted by local and urban cooperatives are devised as routes towards energy sovereignty and how these projects impact people’s lives at community and personal levels.
Lorenzo has recently joined the Energy Ethics research group. He is also a member of the Centre for Amerindian and Latin American Studies (CAS) at the University of St Andrews. He collaborates with the Italian Ethnological Mission in Mexico (Missione Etnologica Italiana in Messico, MEIM) based at the University of Rome La Sapienza.