Today, the ecological transition is a crucial issue for all of humankind. Nevertheless, the realisation of this process depends significantly on how people and institutions perceive and implement the ecological transition in their own society. In fact, the development of solutions for the ecological transition requires an effort to recompose the interests and logics of actors into collaborative and collective solutions. For this reason, contexts of state disengagement seem particularly intriguing: here, the challenge of building more sustainable societies could be carried by grassroots initiatives, alternative or complementary to public action. The TransAlps project aims to compare how three Alpine contexts (located in France, Switzerland and Italy) imagine the conditions for a transition towards sustainability in our societies, while contributing to defining the role that social research can play in the implementation of new models of governance.

The research conducted as part of the TransAlp project (2022-2023) constitutes a first pilot phase of this experimentation, and was financed by the FMSH as part of the “emerging research” call for projects.


On 26th June 2022 the “Why Upland Communities Need Anthropologists?” EASA Applied Anthropology Satellite Event will take place in Faggeto Lario (Como), Italy. The event is related to the TransAlp project.

Here is the description of the event:

The environmental and institutional crises we are experiencing require us to develop collective solutions towards a more just and sustainable society. Participation and citizen engagement are more and more crucial, especially in such contexts that are experiencing the withdrawal of public institutions. How can the “ground level” approach practised by anthropologists contribute to social innovation in these context, and foster the recomposition of the interests and logics of the actors concerned in place-based and inclusive processes?

The event will be held in Italian and streamed online. For participating remotely you can fill the following form: