Marco Armiero is Icrea Research professor at the Institute for the History of Science, Autonomous University of Barcelona. Since 2019 he has been the president of the European Society for Environmental History. Although rooted in that field, he has developed a transdisciplinary research agenda blending environmental history with political ecology and environmental humanities. From 2013 and 2022 he was the director of the Environmental Humanities Laboratory in Stockholm making it a global player in that emerging field.
He has worked on the nationalization of nature, migrations and environment, and environmental justice. With his research, he has contributed to bridging environmental humanities and political ecology.
My research clusters around three overarching topics: environmental justice; migrations and the environment; and fascism and nature. While thematically diverse, my research is traversed by a fil rouge giving coherence to those themes. Methodologically, I avoid any dichotomy between nature and society. Thematically, from toxicity to fascism, from migration to mountain communities, my research focuses on processes of expropriations and imposition of expert management of the environment and the resistance of subaltern communities. This friction manifests across my research: for instance, in the tension between urban planners and Italian migrants’ urban moral ecologies in the US; in the conflicts between experts’ science and grassroots knowledge in struggles over contamination and risk prevention; or in fascist repression of subaltern practices both in rural and urban ecologies.