Cristiano Lanzano

Senior Researcher at NAI since October 2014

Subject areas:
mining, natural resources and conservation, rural-urban continuum, anthropology of development, youth and urban culture
Geographical areas:
Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea Conakry
Language skills:
Italian, English, French, Spanish, Wolof, Dyula
+46 (0)18 471 52 59
+46 (0)70 167 96 59
Research areas:
Natural resources

Film clips with Cristiano Lanzano

A deep quest for gold

Mining. Artisanal goldmining is a dirty and heavy job, and often dangerous too. Yet rewarding for those who find a gold vein down in the pit. NAI researcher Cristiano Lanzano explains small-scale mining in Burkina Faso and Guinea.

Academic background

Cristiano Lanzano is a social anthropologist with a background in political science and development studies. He 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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