2003 PhD in Politics - University of Strathclyde (UK) Department of Government.
1995 Degree in Sociology [BA], Summa cum laude - University of Urbino.
Academic career and teaching activities
2017-present Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Trento, Department of Sociology and Social Research
2019-present Associate professor of Sociology, University of Trento, Centre Agriculture Food Environment - C3A
2005 -2016 Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Bergamo
Collective Action and Social Movements
2018-2021 Head/Principal investigator for the Italian team in the project “Sustainable Food Platforms: Enabling sustainable food practices through socio-technical innovation”. ERA-NET SusFood2, funder: MIUR - Ministero Istruzione Università e Ricerca. Coordinator: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.
2018-2020 Head/Principal investigator for the Italian team in the project “Social and Solidarity Economy, Urban Communities and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups”. Founder: The Swiss Network for International Studies. Coordinators: Université de Genève.
2017 Principal investigator in the project “Bergamo: Urban Biodiversity Agriculture Hub”. Funder: Regione Lombardia D.G. Agricoltura [€ 63.000 (overall project budget)].
2016-2017 Principal investigator in the project: “Food, Sustainability and Territory. Form Alternative Food Networks to New Forms of Governance”. Funder: Research grant ITALY® - University of Bergamo [€ 24.000].
2014-2016 Associated researcher in the project “Participatory Guarantee Systems in Lombardy”. Funder: Fondazione Cariplo, Milan. Scientific coordinator Silvana Signori - University of Bergamo [€ 146.000 (overall project budget)].
2014-2015 Principal investigator in the project “The recovered factories movement in Italy”. Funder: Research grant ITALY® - University of Bergamo [€ 24.000].
2014-2015 Member of the core team of the “Joint Research and Teaching Program by the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the University of Bergamo”, Coordinator Matteo Kalchschmidt – University of Bergamo.
2014-2015 Associated Researcher in the project “Practices and visions of change and learning. From reducing consumption to new hypotheses of coexistence”, Coordinator Antonia De Vita – University of Verona.
2013-2015 Member of the interfaculty research group of the project “Bergamo 2.(035) A new Urban Concept in a New World”, Coordinators Sergio Cavalieri, Matteo Kalchschmidt and Laura Viganò – University of Bergamo.
2011-2014 Partecipant in the project “Rôle de l’administration et réappropriation par les pouvoirs locaux de la gestion des risques industriels pour une obtention plus efficace de compromis. Des propositions basées sur une analyse comparée France/Italie”, Project funded by the Fondation pour une Culture de Sécurité Industrielle (FonCSI)”, Toulouse (France). Scientific coordinator: Marie-Gabrielle Suraud - Université Toulouse3.
2011-2014 Associated Researcher in the project “Turning the Vicious Circle around. New Frontiers in the Fight against the Mafia". Funder: Swedish Research Council. Scientific coordinator Carina Gunnarson - University of Uppsala [overall budget SEK 2.139.000; Grant 2010-1309].
2011-2013 Scientific coordinator in the project “Not Just Food: Market and Networks for a sustainable future”. Funder: Fondazione Cariplo, Milan [€ 79.498,56 (overall project budget)].
2010 Senior Researcher in the project “Irealp progetto Vetta: Enhancement of cross-border tourist experiences and products of medium and high altitudes. Directed by Andrea Macchiavelli – University of Bergamo.
2005 -2008 Senior Researcher in the project “Participation in non-profit organisations in Lombardy”. Directed by Roberto Biorcio – University of Milano-Bicocca.
2008 Member of the interfaculty research group on “Il futuro del territorio”, Coordinators Giovanna Dossena and Stefano Paleari - University of Bergamo.
2007-2008 Member of the research group on “Communication rights between local and global: movement networks and transformations in governance processes”. Funder: MIUR-Italian Ministry of University and Research. Scientific coordinator: Mario Diani – University of Trento.
2007 Member of the research group on “Polo formativo professione turismo”, Directed by Rossana Bonadei – University of Bergamo.
2004-2005 Senior Researcher in the project “Territory, Elections and Society after 1994”. Funder: MIUR-Italian Ministry of University and Research. Scientific Coordinator: Ilvo Diamanti – University of Urbino.
2004-2005 Member of the research group on “Monitoring of Schools in the Marche Region (MSM)”. Directed by Bianca Maria Ventura – IRRE Marche.
2003-2004 Senior Researcher in the Project “Inside the Big Black Box”. Funder: European Commission within the program Raising Public Awareness of Science and Technology. Scientific Coordinator: Federico Neresini – Istituto Poster-Observa.
1998-2000 Research Fellow on the project “The Transformation of Environmental Activism (TEA)”. Funder: European Commission DGXII - Science, Research & Development. Coordiantor: Christopher Rootes – University of Kent at Canterbury.
1997-1998 Senior Researcher on the project “The local government and local interests”. Funder: MIUR-Italian Ministry of University and Research. Co-ordinators: Fortunata Piselli and Carlo Trigilia - University of Trento.
1996-1997 Senior Researcher on the Project “Professional needs in Pesaro-Urbino province”. Co-ordinator Guido Maggioni – University of Urbino.
1995-1996 Senior Researcher on the project “Territory, Regions and Strategy”. Directed by Marco Demarie – Fondazione G. Agnelli, Turin.
1995 Research Assistant on the project “The concept of Nation among the urban elite” Coordinator Gian Enrico Rusconi – University of Turin.
Memberships in societies and scientific committees
2007 - Associate Editor of “Partecipazione e Conflitto” - The Open Journal of Sociopolitical Studies.
2007 - Member of the Scientific Committee of the Book Series: Globalizzazione, partecipazione, movimenti; Publisher: Franco Angeli.
2014 - Member of the Scientific Committee of the Journal Formazione, lavoro, persona.
Membership in scientific and professional committees/Research groups
2016-2017 - Member of the Board and Deputy-Director of the Centre for Socio-Economic Dynamics and Cooperation (CESC), University of Bergamo
2014 - Member of the Scientific Committee of the Doctoral Programme in Human Capital Formation and Labour Relations
2014-2016 Member of the Board of the "Lelio Pagani" Centre for Territorial Studies (CST)
2010-2012 Member of the Board of the Research Centre for statistical analysis and sample surveys (CASI).
2005 - Member of the PolisLombardia research group – Osservatorio di ricerca politica e sociale, University of Milano-Bicocca
2012 - Member of the Athena Network for Public Communication and social advertising
2010 - 2015 Member of the Steering Committee of the Ecpr Standing Group “Forms of Participation”
2004 - 2009 Co-promoter and Co-convenor and of the Ecpr Standing Group “Forms of Participation” (with M. Micheletti)
1997 - 2005 Member of the LaPoliS research group – Centro di Ricerca Politica e Sociale, University of Urbino
Awards and honours
2019 November, grant. Innovative Teaching, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento. Awarded 2, 500 euros
2019 August, grant. SNIS project meeting, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento. Awarded 7, 415 euros
2016 Grants for Visiting Professor and Scholar, Project ITALY® - University of Bergamo.
2015 Grants for Visiting Professor and Scholar, Project ITALY® - University of Bergamo.
Conferences and lectures
Conference and panel organizer and/or discussant
2019 Conference organizer: Food, territory and sustainability: new food strategies and local policies to feed cities, University of Trento, 15-16 November (with P. Fontana).
2017 SASE Mini-Conference Organizer: Re-embedding the Social: Cooperatives, Political Consumerism and Alternative Lifestyles - University of Lyon, What's Next? Disruptive/Collaborative Economy or Business as Usual?, 29 June – 1 July (with P. R. Graziano, L. Monticelli, and T. Geelan).
2016 SASE Mini-Conference Organizer: Re-embedding the Social: New Modes of Production, Critical Consumption and Alternative Lifestyles. - University of California Berkeley, Moral Economies, Economic Moralities, 24-26 June (with P. R. Graziano, L. Monticelli, and T. Geelan).
2015 Conference organizer: Food, sustainability and territory: from alternative food networks to new governance forms, University of Bergamo, 23-24 October (with G. Orlando, S. Maurano and S. Signori).
Presentations at conferences and workshops
2019 “Mind the Gap: Between the Chain and the Pplatform” RN12 - Environment and Society, 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Manchester, 20-23 August (with
Emanuela Bozzini, Filippo Oncini and Natalia Magnani).
2018 “Green Shops. Mapping and analysing small sustainable retail shops as spaces for sustainable consumption”, Research Network of Sociology of Consumption, European Sociological Association, Mid-term Conference, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen,
Copenhagen, Denmark, 29.8-1.9 (with Chiara Demaldè).
2017 Urban Food Strategies: the role of Food Champions and policy entrepreneurship in Cork and Bergamo", AESOP Conference, Coventry University, 14-15 November (with Gloria Gambartolomei and Colin Sage)
2017 “Re-embedding the Social: Cooperatives, Political Consumerism and Alternative Lifestyles”, ISA Mid-term conference, From the Streets to Public Debate, Social Movement and the Making of Alternative, Catania University, Catania 30-31 May (with P. R. Graziano, L. Monticelli, and T. Geelan).
2016 “Grassroots Movements, Market and Public Administration: Between conflicts and cooperation. Some reflections on a case study from Northern Italy”, Conference on Democratizing Food Governance, The American University of Rome, Rome, 14 October (with S. Maurano).
2016 “Between Resilience and Resistance: SCMOs in Italy in Times of Crisis”, ECPR Joint Session - Workshop Environmental Social Movements and the New Politics of Consumption, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa 24-28 April (with P.R. Graziano).
2014 “Solidarity Purchase Groups. How the consumer becomes collective “, International Seminar on Grassroots responses to the global crisis: between protest and self and mutual help, 27 May, University of Trento.
2007 “Shopping for a Sustainable Future: The Structure of the Italian Anti-Consumerist Mobilisation” 3rd Karlstad Seminar of Studying Political Action, Karlstad (Sweden), 12-14 October.
Invited lectures and talks
2019 “Sustainable Practices in the Food Industry”, keynote Speaker at October days for sustainable development, 17 October EIB Head Office, Luxemburg
2019 “Protest, Social Movements, and Spaces for Politically-Oriented Consumerist Actions”, University of Geneve, March 14th, Geneve.
2018 “Organizing for Sustainable Transition: The case of Solidarity Purchase Groups”, Hecua 2018, Sustainable Agriculture, Food, and Justice, Castello Sonnino International Education Centre, 15 October.
2017 “Percorsi di sostenibilità, consumo critico e partecipazione. Verso un nuovo modello di cittadinanza”, Scuola Gallileiana di Studi Superiori, Padova 26 April.
2016 “Fabbriche recuperate e nuove forme di partecipazione politica”, Seminari di Scienza politica, Università degli Studi di Padova, 14 December.
2016 “Path of sustainability, ethical consumption and participation. Towards a new model of citizenship”, Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore, Conference Hall “l’Altana”, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, 9 March.
Other academic activities
2011 - Co-organizer of the annual Seminar on “Social communication and sustainability” at Bergamo University (five editions; with F. Giorgia Paleari and Vittorio Montieri).
2013 - Co-organizer of the annual Workshop on “FoodLab: Ripensare l’immagine del territorio attraverso forme innovative di produzione e consumo” at Bergamo University (three editions; with Ettore Castagna).
Member of the following professional associations: ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research), ESA (European Sociological Association), ISA (International Sociological Association), SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica), AIS (Associazione Italiana di Sociologia), ATLAS (Association for Tourism and Leisure Education).
Evaluator of research projects
Participation in local projects
Scientific coordinator of the project “Feeding Trento”, Joint Project between the University and the Municipality of Trento.
Member of the Advisory Group of the Horizon2020 project “Big Picnic: Big Questions. Engaging the public with Responsible Research and Innovation on Food Security”; Bergamo Botanic Garden (2014-2020).
Member of the Advisory Group of the project EA(S)TITALY [Task 2: “Promoting a Local System of Sustainable Food”], Municipality of Bergamo (2016-2017).
Short Bio: Francesca Forno (PhD University of Strathclyde) is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Trento where she teaches Sociology and Sociology of consumption. Her research interests include political consumerism and sustainable community movement organizations. A special focus in these areas is on the consequences of the spread of market-based forms of action for citizens’ participation and mobilization. She is a co-founder of CORES (Research Group on Networks and Practices of Sustainable Economy) with Cristina Grasseni, University of Leiden and Silvana Signori, University of Bergamo. She has published on civic participation and social movements, conducting research on political consumerism, collaborative consumption, grassroots initiatives on social eco-innovation and alternative food networks (AFNs). Her work has appeared in the following journals, among others: the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Journal of Consumer Culture, International Journal of Consumer Studies, South European Politics and Society, the Annals of the Feltrinelli Foundation, and anthologies published by Oxford University Press, Wiley-Blackwell, and Zed Books.