I hold a BA degree in International Relations and a double master’s degree in comparative analysis of Mediterranean societies and international studies obtained at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco and the University of Turin. I earned my master’s with a research thesis on memory politics in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a focus on the Srebrenica genocide as “difficult heritage”. Driven by my desire to investigate the complexity of European histories and cultures, after my MA I worked as an intern at the Memory Studies Association (MSA) and as a research fellow at the contemporary art foundation Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, where I dealt with cultural and artistic approaches to memorialization. My broad research interests lie in memory studies, heritage studies, oral history and socio-technical transitions. My doctoral research will investigate the history of Italian nuclear de-industrialization from a global and comparative perspective, drawing from science and technology studies to address the interrelationship between the nuclear sector and the historically evolving social world and from deindustrialization studies to address heritage-making issues in the nuclear industry and local communities.

Project statement

Nuclear heritage: Italian nuclear deindustrialization between local government and international governance

The project aims at placing the closure of the Italian nuclear power plants and the start of the decommissioning process – understood as the decontamination and dismantling of nuclear facilities and the removal and treatment of fuel and other radioactive materials – in the broader history of Italian deindustrialization, in a European perspective and in the context of the transformation of western industrial civilization. More precisely, the project aims at reconstructing the debate and interactions between the various institutional actors, public and private, responsible for the dismantling of the Italian nuclear structures and how these actors discussed critical issues and opportunities of the complex process of denuclearization from the 1970s to the 1990s, both in the socio-political and in the technological-industrial fields.