In September 2014 Postdoctoral fellows Theodoros Rakopoulos and Alessandro Zagato were appointed to the Egalitarianism project.
Theodoros Rakopoulos is a social anthropologist with a PhD from Goldsmiths. His research interests include cooperatives, the dialectics between ‘community’ and economy, and the social arrangements of land reform and food activism. He has carried out fieldwork on rural anti-mafia cooperatives in Sicily (2008-9) focusing on land restitution, neighbourliness and labour relations, and on the anti-middleman movement of food distribution side-lining market brokers during the Greek crisis (2013-ongoing). Rapopoulos has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and is currently completing a monograph on “Antimafia Cooperatives”. Future projects include exploring the relationship of anthropological and fictional writing.
Alessandro Zagato holds a PhD in sociology from the National University of Ireland Maynooth and has an international and cross-disciplinary research background. Prior to joining the University of Bergen, Alessandro was a fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences “Alfonso Vélez Pliego” in Puebla, Mexico, where he developed a research project on the egalitarian politics of autonomous indigenous organisations and social movements in the states of Guerrero and Chiapas. His doctoral thesis: “Community Development in Dublin. Political Subjectivity and State Cooption” investigated the historical evolution of the politics of Dublin’s Community Development. Alessandro has published articles in English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, and his work has been presented at international congresses and conferences.