The Nordic Africa Institute

Cristiano Lanzano

Senior Researcher

Cristiano. photo.

Cristiano Lanzano is a social anthropologist with a background in political science and development studies. He is an expert on the extractive sector and mining, natural resources and conservation, rural-urban continuum, anthropology of development and youth and urban culture.

Cristiano Lanzano has worked predominantly in West Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea Conakry). His doctoral research investigated globalization, urban culture and youth in Dakar (Senegal). He then worked on the social and political dimensions of forest conservation and natural resources management in Burkina Faso.

Since 2012, he focuses on the extractive sector in West Africa, and more particularly on artisanal and small-scale gold mining: he is interested in the practical governance of mineral production across the formal/informal divide, in the organization of work in mining camps, and in socio-technical change.

  • Adjunct lecturer in cultural anthropology, University of Torino (Italy), 2012-14
  • Visiting fellow for the Institut für Soziologie at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany), 2013
  • Research associate at Laboratoire Citoyennetés, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), from 2012
  • Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Torino (Italy), Department of Territorial Studies, 2008-2012
  • PhD in cultural anthropology, University of Genova (Italy), Institute of Ethnology, 2007
  • MA ("laurea") in political sciences and international relations, University of Torino (Italy), 2003


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