Mara Benadusi is Associate Professor in Anthropology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Catania, and current President of the Italian Society for Applied Anthropology. Her research interests focus on vulnerability, resilience, and risk related to disasters and environmental crises; as well as on humanitarian intervention, and the social and political consequences of liberalisation of nature and green grabbing. She has carried out long-term fieldwork on the 2004 post-Tsunami reconstruction in Sri Lanka and more recently on the ecological frictions affecting a large petrochemical corridor on the northern coast of Siracusa, Sicily. She is the recipient of the 2013 Mary Fran Myers Scholarship of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the whole world to its knees. Yet, this coronavirus is only the latest in a number of zoonosis events originating in different parts of the globe, and especially within Asia, over the last 20 years. For this reason virologists commonly refer to places like China, Hong Kong, or Singapore as […]