Cristina Grasseni's research focuses on visual apprenticeship as a form of relational and situated learning, and on communities of practice, especially in the realm of alternative economies and local development.
Her most important books are:
- "Skilled Visions: Between Apprenticeship and Standards" (ed.) Berghahn Publishers, Oxford 2007
- "Developing Skill, Developing Vision: Practices of Locality at the Foot of the Alps", Berghahn Publishers, Oxford 2009
"Luoghi comuni. Antropologia dei luoghi e pratiche della visione", Lubrina Editore, Bergamo 2009
"Imparare a guardare. Sapienza ed esperienza della visione in una prospettiva antropologica" (ed.) Franco Angeli, Milano 2008
"La reinvenzione del Cibo. Culture del gusto fra tradizione e globalizzazione ai piedi delle Alpi". QuiEdit, Verona 2007
"Pratiche e cognizione. Note di ecologia della cultura" (with Francesco Ronzon) Meltemi, Roma 2004.
Cristina Grasseni received her Bachelor's degree in philosophy, an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science, and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology with Visual Media from the universities of Pavia, Cambridge, and Manchester, respectively. Her work has been supported by the Cambridge European Trust, Collegio Ghislieri, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), and the Max-Planck-Institut fur Wissenschaftsgeschichte. She was scientific coordinator of the Fondazione Giannino Bassetti for responsible innovation (www.fondazionebassetti.org), 2006-2011.
She is Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Department of Anthropology (2012/2013) and was Visiting Professor at the universities of Agder, Barcelona, and Tromso.
In 2011/2012, she was the David and Roberta Logie Fellow and Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.