Ferruccio “Ferro” Trabalzi studied Architecture and earned his BA in Sociology at La Sapienza in Rome. At the University of California, Los Angeles, he obtained his MA and Ph.D. in Urban Planning with a dissertation on the capacity of traditional food producers located in underdeveloped regions to compete in the global market without losing, in fact, reinforcing, their cultural identity. Ferro has taught at different Universities in the USA and in South Africa. Currently, he lives in Rome where he teaches Sociology with a special focus of contemporary, alternative, and non-touristic Rome. His current research interests include urban agriculture and food culture in Rome, sustainable urbanism and urban identities in the age of globalization, regional economic development with a focus on the role organized crime has in shaping local economic culture.
Ferro’s most recent publications include:
Marcello De Rosa, Ferro Trabalzi, Tiziana Pagnani (forthcoming in 2017): The social construction of illegality within local food systems, in Ron Hinch and Allison Gray (eds), A Handbook of Food Crime: Immoral and Illegal Practices in the Food Industry and What to Do about Them (Policy Press, University of Bristol, UK).
Trabalzi, F and M. De Rosa 2017. Everybody does it, or how illegality is socially constructed in a southern Italian food network, Journal of Rural Studies, vol.45: 303-311, 2016
De Rosa, M. and F. Trabalzi (2017). Innovative Rurban networks in Rome, in Kebir, L. et.al. Sustainable Innovation and Regional Development. Rethinking Innovative Milieus. Edward Elgar Publishing. Pp. 153-169.
Trabalzi, F. and M. De Rosa 2012. Market and State-supported Sustainability: A Tale of Two Rural Communities in Iowa and Italy. Sociologia Ruralis. Vol. 52, Issue 1, pp.115-133.
De Rosa, M., F., Adinolfi, and F. Trabalzi 2011. Dedicated and Generic Marketing Strategies: The Disconnection Between Geographical Indications and Consumer Behavior In Italy,” British Food Journal. Vol. 133, 3, pp. 419-435.
Trabalzi, F. 2010. “Rethinking design for social housing: space appropriation at the periphery of Rome,” Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability. Volume 3, 2, pp. 131-145.
Trabalzi, F. and G. Sandoval 2010. “The exotic other: Latinos and the remaking of community identity in Perry, Iowa,” Community Development. Volume 41,1, pp.76-91.