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Giuseppe Amatulli

Postdoctoral fellow, School of Public Policy & Administration, Carleton University

I am an enthusiastic socio-legal anthropologist, passionate about the Arctic and the several Indigenous peoples who live in the Region. Since 2012, I have been studying indigenous-related issues while living and working in several countries (Italy, Luxembourg, Finland, Australia, the UK, and Canada). For two years, I worked as a researcher at the Arctic Centre in Rovaniemi (Finland), where I acquired a good knowledge and understanding of the situation of the Sámi who live in the Northern part of Finland, Sweden and Norway. I spent July and August 2018 at the ANU in Canberra, where I carried out research about the native title in Australia and Canada. In September 2018, I joined the Durham ARCTIC PhD Programme. My PhD research focused on the cumulative effects of industrial development (mainly, but not limited to, oil and gas extraction) and their impact on the culture, lifestyle, and socio-economic organization of two First Nation communities located in Northeastern British Columbia (namely, Doig River and Blueberry River First Nation). From July 2019 to August 2020, I lived in Fort St. John (BC), where I carried out fieldwork with the Doig River First Nation. From March to October 2022, I was a Post-doc Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the Arctic University of Norway (UiT), where I was part of the Arctic Silk Road research group. I spent July 2022 in Prince Rupert (BC), where I conducted fieldwork exploring how the expansion of the port is generating new expectations for the future and the kind of future locals envision. Since January 2023, I have been a postdoctoral researcher in the Rebuilding First Nations Governance Research Group, Carleton University, Ottawa.
I consider my research at the intersection of socio-legal and environmental anthropology, intertwined with International Human Rights Law. I am particularly interested in unpacking the concept of cumulative effects of Development, infrastructure anticipation, and the hopes and dreams that specific infrastructure (i.e. linear infrastructures such as pipelines and related facilities, railways, roads, etc. as well as other infrastructures such as ports and exporting facilities) generate for a better future while exploring why existing legal instruments, human rights tools, international agreements, etc., do not produce the expected results in everyday life and how the legal framework should be framed to address peoples’ needs and future expectations


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Durham University


  • 2014 
    EIUC (Venice) - Institute for Human Rights (Abo Akademi University), International Human Rights Law/Indigenous Peoples' Rights


Honorary Fellow Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK