Marta Ferri

Associate Lecturer


After my MA in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bologna, I started to collaborate as a project manager and researcher with an international environmental NGO. This organisation aims to reduce the generation of urban and industrial residuals. Within this NGO, I have worked in waste management, materials classification and recycling networks, with a focus on sustainability and circular economy issues in communities and business organisation. I have been a project manager within the first Italian institutional project to aim to reduce the generation of waste. This pilot has attracted significant attention by local, regional and national media; and I had the chance to be on Italian National Television discussing my work with the Zero Waste Research Centre in the same programme that also included an interview with Ellen MacArthur.

In 2015, I took part in the EU-China NGOs Twinning Exchange Program, promoted by the German NGO Stiftung Asienhaus and supported by Robert Bosch Foundation and Stiftung Marcador. Thanks to this program, I had the chance to carry out field research about the governmental and the “unofficial” urban waste management in Beijing, in collaboration with the Chinese NGO Friends of Nature.

Between 2015 and 2017, I have collaborated as a facilitator within a European Life Project that aimed at recycling “pulper” residuals – the industrial by-product of paper mills that use recovered paper – in the manufacturing of eco-sustainable plastic pallets.

15th Organizational Studies Workshop
Participation in conference

The Klosters Forum 2019
Participation in conference

13th Organization Studies Summer Workshop
Participation in conference

International Workshop – Uncanny Futures: Speculative Ecologies of Waste
Participation in conference

  • Centre for Technological Futures