Rodolfo Maggio

Rodolfo Maggio

Anthropologist, author, and advisor in intercultural management


Rodolfo Maggio has conducted research, worked, and lived in different countries around the world. He was trained as an anthropologist, led a research project at the University of Oxford for three years, and was Special Foreign Researcher at Waseda University, Tokyo. He has been conducting anthropological research on values since 2010 when he was part of a collaborative research study in the Asia-Pacific region. He conducted 13-months of fieldwork in the Solomon Islands, in coordination with 5 other anthropologists studying values in Eastern India, Papua New Guinea, Northern Territory of Australia, Fiji, and Vanuatu. In 2015 he was responsible for a Wellcome-funded research study on values in Ireland, where he conducted 12 months of fieldwork. In 2019, he was selected by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science to led his own research project on values in Japan. His research has been published in academic articles, edited volumes, and books.

Today, Rodolfo lives in Milan, Italy, where he holds the National Scientific Qualification to Associate Professor of Anthropology. Working between academia and the public and private sector, he is committed to making sound academic research accessible for companies and professionals with a global mindset.

After years of experience researching values in several countries, he believes there has never been a better time to be an anthropologist.

Honours and awards

  • National Scientific Qualification to Associate Professor: 09.09.2019 – 09.09.2025
  • Arthur Maurice Hocart Prize, Royal Anthropological Institute, 2013
  • Material Culture Collecting Initiative, Royal Anthropological Institute & Horniman Museum, 2014 Gunson Essay Prize (highly commended),
  • The Journal of Pacific History, Pacific History Association, 2016

Other Certifications

  • COI Expert Web based, 14/03/2016-Present Listed Country of Origin Information expert,
  • International School of Storytelling Emerson College, East Sussex, 28-30.11.2014 Improved my oral presentation skills, including public speaking, engagement, memory, and rhetoric.
  • Peer Review of Research Proposals Edinburgh, UK 25.04.2014 Reviewed 3 Senior Research Proposals as part of a Mock Panel organized by the UK ESRC.
  • Participatory 3D Modelling Honiara, Solomon Islands, 21-27.5.2012 Learnt to conduct research with the Participatory Mapping and Community Empowerment Method for Adaptation Planning and Advocacy; certified by: Tech. Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA, The Netherlands).


Selected Publications[1]
    • 2019. I Kwara’ae di Honiara: Migrazione e Buona Vita alle Isole Salomone. Milano: Meltemi. ISBN 978-8-883538-45-2 2018. Pierre Bourdieu’s Outline of a Theory of Practice. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-912303-93-9
    • 2016. Jared Diamond’s Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-912128-68-6
    • 2016. Karen Ho’s Liquidated: Ethnography of Wall Street. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-912128-06-8 (forthcoming). Marshall Sahlins’ Stone Age Economics. London: Routledge. (ISBN TBC) Articles
    • 2019. Japanese ethnographies of the Pacific: language, politics, and perspective. Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies 7(2): 157-172. DOI:
    • 2019. “They’ve always been good mothers”: an ethnographic study of early childhood intervention in Dublin. World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research. DOI: 10.1080/02604027.2019.1654778
    • 2019. Challenging the challenge: The Ethics of Early Intervention. Narrare i gruppi. 14(1): 79-102.
    • 2018. Thematic analysis of stories of parents’ engagement with early intervention services. in Sage Research Methods Datasets. London: SAGE. DOI: 10.4135/9781526491428
    • 2018. Experimental ethnographies of early intervention: a new ‘gold standard’? Narrare i gruppi. 13(2): 275-298.2018. Kwate’a from Town: Gifts of Food as Home-Making Practices in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Dada Rivista di Antropologia post-globale
    • 2018 (2), 97-124. 2017. “Sikret Fren”: economic costs and moral values in a friendship ritual in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Journal de la Société des Océanistes 144-145, Dossier Urbanisation en Mélanésie: 77-90. DOI: 10.4000/jso.7796
    • 2017. The moral economy of early intervention: mothers, children, and the impact of austerity on perinatal mental health. Medicine Anthropology Theory, 4(3): 53–74; DOI: 10.17157/mat.4.3.465 .

More upon request.

[1] My publications about the Solomon Islands have been deposited in the “The Kwaio Archive”, a mostly digital, solar- and wind-powered community-run archive in the mountains of Malaita where the local residents have free access to the whole collection.

Expert in

Project management, Marketing and advertising, Intercultural competence


Social and Cultural Research


Intercultural Management

Worked and lived in

France, United Kingdom, Solomon Islands, Japan, Ireland


English, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

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