Stefania Barca

Stefania Barca

Senior Distinguished Researcher “Beatriz Galindo”

ORCID: 0000-0002-8136-3369


Stefania Barca is a Distinguished Researcher “Beatriz Galindo” senior in the Department of History at USC. Originally from Italy, where she obtained the title of associate professor in Modern History (2014) and in Economic History (2013), in the last twelve years she worked as a senior researcher at the Center for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra. (Portugal), where she held various research leadership positions and supervised doctoral and postdoctoral research. Previously, she was a visiting scholar in the Yale University Agricultural Studies Program (2005-06), and received sabbaticals at the Universities of Berkeley (2006-08) and Lund (2015-16); most recently, she was the fourth “Zennstrom” Professor in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University (2021). Her research interests lie in Environmental History and Political Ecology, with a focus on the industrial age. She investigated hydraulic energy and the elaboration of industrial landscapes (18th-20th centuries); environmental mobilizations (peasant, indigenous, and worker) in Italy, Brazil, and Portugal from the 1970s to the present; She is currently researching Just Transition from a feminist perspective, with a special focus on care work. She published in international peer-reviewed journals; her book Enclosing Water. Nature and Political Economy in a Mediterranean Valley (Cambridge, UK: White Horse Press 2010), was awarded the Turku Book Prize in 2011; her latest book Forces of Reproduction. Notes for a Counterhexemonic Anthropocene was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. She is active in feminist, climate justice and degrowth networks, and her work has been translated and disseminated in several languages.