Chiara Pussetti has a degree in Philosophy and has completed a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Turin in 2003.
Over the last 16 years, she has lectured at graduate and post-graduate levels in Italy, Portugal, and Brazil, and has researched and published extensively on the subjects of migration, healthcare, gender, body and emotions, social inequality, suffering and well-being in urban contexts.
She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Guinea Bissau, Portugal and Brazil on public health policy; representations of race and racism; social vulnerability, exclusion and discrimination, urban regeneration, creativity and public art.
She has continuously engaged with dissemination activities, bridging the academic knowledge and civil society in the form of training courses for health professionals, consulting activities for municipal authorities and policy-makers, and art exhibitions, and collaborating with medical practitioners, cultural institutions, NGOs, policy-makers and media outlets in Europe, Africa and Latin America.
She was awarded three FCT postdoctoral grants (2003, 2007, 2014), and she became a Senior Research Associate (2008-2013) at the Centre for Research in Anthropology, contracted under the ‘Commitment to Science 2007’ program.
She has sought to develop international networks and partnerships, coordinating two international projects (Leonardo da Vinci LLP; FCT-CAPES) and four national projects. As an expert in the field of ethnography-based art, in the last five years, Chiara has coordinated action-research and ethnography-based art projects, funded by local governments and private foundations. She is a founding member of the EBANOCollective (www.ebanocollective.org), a non-profit artistic and curatorial collective that makes interventions in the public space based on social research, technological innovation and community engagement.
In 2013 she was granted the Italian National Scientific Habilitation for Associate Professor in Anthropology. She has supervised 2 Postdoctoral Fellow, 15 PhD dissertation, 5 MA dissertations and 16 Visiting Students, following her original contributions to the field of mental and reproductive health, inquiring on the contemporary biologization of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ in clinical practice.
Chiara is currently Auxiliar Researcher at ICS and from 2017 she is Principal Investigator at the Institute for Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, of the national team of a Horizon 2020 project (ROCK Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities; Funding: Horizon 2020 Innovative Action SC5-21 Cultural Heritage as a Driver for Sustainable Growth, 2017-2019; Lead Applicant: Comune di Bologna. More information at: https://rockproject.eu). Local website: https://lisboa.rockproject.eu/
She is also PI of the IC&DT FCT Project “EXCEL. The Pursuit of Excellence. Biotechnologies, enhancement and body capital in Portugal” (PTDC/SOC-ANT/30572/2017).
Students and Post-docs
I welcome PhD students and post-doctoral collaborations on:
* Medical Anthropology
* Anthropology of the Body, Gender and Emotions
* Urban Anthropology
* Ethnography-based Art
* Post-human Anthropology
* Migration and Public Policy: cultural and political processes
* Intercultural processes, ethnicity and cultural mediation
* Medical Tourism
* Self-making practices
* Wellness and well-being
* Social suffering, exclusion, racial and gender discrimination
* West Africa, Brazil, and Portugal
Coordination and participation in research projects
2018. Principal Researcher (PI), FCT Project IC&DT Number 30572: The Pursuit of Excellence. Biotechnologies, enhancement and body capital in Portugal.
2018. Researcher, FCT Project IC&DT Number 30734: Artcitizenship. Young people and the arts of citizenship: activism, participatory culture and creative practices.
2017-2020. Principal Researcher (PI) of the ICS-UL team of the Horizon 2020 (Societal Challenge 5) project‘ROCK – Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities’ (Coordinator:Bologna Municipalityhttps://rockproject.eu.
2014-2018. Researcher - individual post-doc project. SFRH/BPD/95998/2013, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon ICS/UL. Portugal
2011-2015. Principal Researcher (PI) of the international project ‘Public Policy, vulnerability and risk: technologies of citizenship and social inclusion in contemporary societies’ (Proc.º 4.4.1.00), funded by Portuguese and Brazilian Science Foundations FCT/CAPES.
2009-2013. Principal Researcher (PI) of the European project ‘T-SHaRE: Transcultural Skills For Health And Care’, 504666-LLP-2009-1-IT-Leonardo-LMP.
2009-2013. Principal Researcher (PI) of the national project ‘Immigrants and the social care sectors: technologies of citizenship in Portugal’ (PTDC/CS-ANT/101179/2008), funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT).
2007-2011. Principal Researcher (PI) of the national project ‘Public health policies and therapeutic practices: suffering and treatment strategies of migrants in the Greater Lisbon area’ (PTDC/ANT/65857/2006), funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT).
I have recently submitted with Roberto Falanga (PIs) a project ‘Carrousel’ to the KA2 Action Knowledge Alliances call EAC/A05/2018 (pending evaluation) and two new H2020 proposals (TERROIRS Territorial identity and circular Economy to Revitalize and Raise historic urban areas for Occupation based on Integrated Rural Systems SC5-20-2019 - Transforming historic urban areas and/or cultural landscapes into hubs of entrepreneurship and social and cultural integration; and PACMAN Socioeconomic And Cultural Transformations In The Context Of The Fourth Industrial Revolution - Call Id: H2020-Sc6-Transformations-2018-2019-2020 - Proximity Approaches for contrasting inequalities and social exclusion in European Cities and Metropoles: Analysis and New administrative solutions). I'm member of the KA2 Research Project FISHERIES (Camara de Comercio e Industria Italiana para España) - PI Roberto Falanga.