PhD Candidate, Department of Social Anthropology


Lorenzo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theories and Practices of Anthropology from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, and a Master’s degree in Ethno-Anthropological Sciences from the same institution. For his Master’s, he conducted 4-month fieldwork research in the Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexico working with members of the Indigenous Pastoral (Pastoral Indígena), a Catholic movement committed to the cause of indigenous rights. His project focused on land defence processes that these religious carry out alongside indigenous communities and political activists. 

His research focuses on grassroots energy transition initiatives and movements. Lorenzo’s original research proposal, aimed at exploring community alternatives to big-scale energy projects in the Sierra Norte de Puebla (Mexico), has been put on hold by the pandemic. Concurrently, he is developing an ethnographic study of renewable energy communities in the Italian energy transition context.  

Lorenzo has recently joined the Energy Ethics research group, and he is also a member of the Centre for Amerindian and Latin American Studies (CAS) at the University of St Andrews. He collaborates with the Italian Ethnological Mission in Mexico (MEIM) at the University of Rome La Sapienza.

Selected publications

Sapochetti, L. 2019. A difesa di un “Progetto di vita”: Pastorale Indigena e conflitti territoriali nella Sierra Norte de Puebla (Messico). L’Uomo, vol. IX, n. 1, pp. 171-20.