Carlo is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Geography and Global Production Networks Centre at the National University of Singapore. He completed his Doctorate at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford in 2016, where he also worked as Teaching Assistant within the Oxford Department of International Development.
At the same time, Carlo has an undergraduate degree in Digital Humanities from Università di Pisa (Italy), an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies and a Masters in Social Sciences from the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales in Paris (France). He also held visiting fellowships at Peking University (China), National Taiwan University (Taiwan), University of Oxford (United Kingdom), and The École française d'Extrême-Orient (France).
Carlo is currently participating in the research project Global production networks, global value chains, and East Asian development co-directed by Professor Henry Yeung and Professor Neil Coe.
In previous years, Carlo has taught modules on human geography, as well as the anthropology of development.
Carlo does not supervise any students at the moment, but he is happy to have informal conversations about themes that fall within his research interests.
Global production networks
Carlo’s postdoctoral research focuses on the role of Asian firms in global production networks. This inter-disciplinary project involves a team of 20 social scientists from four disciplines (Geography, Economics, Sociology, and Political Science), aimed at producing cutting-edge knowledge about the organisaiton of production networks in Asia. The research aims to provide new analytical tools to inform theory on global production networks and global value chains. It also attempts to generate new empirical knowledge in six particular industries: Electronics, Logistics, Finance, Automotive, Oil and Gas, and Pharmaceuticals. Carlo’s contribution to this collaborative effort involves the investigation of the electronics industry in East Asia with a particular focus on environmental and labour issues.
Geographies of waste
Carlo’s doctoral research focused on the political ecology of waste. Based on sixteen months of ethnographic fieldwork among marginalised communities of migrant workers in Beijing, his thesis, Invisible Spaces: Variegated Geographies of Waste in China, uncovered some of the invisible struggles around waste and highlighted the conflicting social interests and uneven power relations at play in these geographies. This thesis drew economic geography into conversation with other heterodox literatures going beyond specifics and building a geographical argument engaging major debates on variegated capitalism, urban political ecology, global production networks, labour geography, and more.
Carlo’s broader intellectual commitment is the research of contemporary capitalism. Situated at the intersection of environmental and economic geography, his work investigates how social relations, cultural elements, and informal norms shape economic activities and different perceptions of value, labour, development, and the environment. This agenda is carried out through research in a number of theoretical and empirical areas – including global production networks, corporate social and environmental responsibility, and the geographies of waste – and collaboration with economic and civil society actors.
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