Lorenza Fontana


I am a Professor in Politics in the Inter-university Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning at the University/Polytechnic of Turin, in Italy.

My research has addressed questions around the ethnic politics of socio-environmental conflicts, the domestic politics of human rights of vulnerable groups (including indigenous peoples, domestic workers and working children), and, more recently, the contentious politics of wildfires. I have also worked on the post-2015 development agenda and the challenges of fostering engagement from the Global South with the Sustainable Development Goals.

NEW! I have recently started a new project on the Politics of Wildfires funded by the European Research Council. Post-docs and PhD opportunities coming up soon. Stay tuned! 

Recent Projects

Selected Publications

FONTANA L.B., Recognition Politics. Indigenous Rights and Ethnic Conflict in the Andes (2023) Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

FONTANA L.B., A, Miramonti, C. Johnston (forthcoming 2023) ‘Women in Wildfire Crises: Exploring Lived Experiences of Conflict through Forum Theatre’. Studies in Social Justice.

Cole, A., FONTANA, L.B., Hirzel, M., Johnston, C. and Miramonti, A. (forthcoming 2023) ‘On burning ground: theatre of the oppressed and ecological crisis in Bolivia’. Cultural Geographies.

FONTANA L.B. (2020) ‘The Contentious Politics of Labour Rights as Human Rights: Lessons from the Implementation of Domestic Workers Rights in the Philippines’, Human Rights Quarterly 42: 859–877.