UCL Anthropology


Carolina Comandulli

Carolina Comandulli AED MSc Alumna

UCL Email: carolina.comandulli.13@ucl.ac.uk
Websites: https://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/research/research-centres/excites/peoplehttps://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/research/caos/anthropology-sustainabilityhttp://www.closeresearch.org/pt-br/people/carolina-schneider-comandulli/
Year of start: 2014
Supervisors: Dr Jerome Lewis
Subject: Social Anthropology
Fieldsite: Kampa do Rio Amônia Indigenous Land/Acre State/Brazil

PhD Research

Vision, thought and action in an Amazonian frontier: contemporary life and innovation in an Ashaninka village

Research interests

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Anthropology
  • Development
  • Environment
  • Citizen Science


  • COMANDULLI, C. A territory to sustain the world(s): from local awareness and practice to the global crisis. In: Bold, Rosalyn (editor) Indigenous Perceptions of the End of the World.  Palgrave Studies in Anthropology of Sustainability. (forthcoming)
  • COMANDULLI, C. Digital technology in the jungle: a case from the Brazilian Amazon. In: Skarlatidou, Artemis & Haklay, Muki (editors). Geographic Citizen Science Design: No one left behind. UCL Press. (forthcoming)
  • COMANDULLI, C.; ASSIRATI, M. A. Editorial. Indigenous Brazil. Brasiliana – Journal for Brazilian Studies, 2017. 5 (1) pp. 3-8.
  • COMANDULLI, C; Gestão Territorial e Ambiental de Terra Indígenas: fazendo planos. RURIS – Revista do Centro de Estudos Rurais, 2016. 10 (1) pp. 41-71.
  • COMANDULLI, C; VITOS, M; CONQUEST, G; ALTENBUCHNER, J; STEVENS, M; LEWIS, J; HAKLAY, M; Ciência Cidadã Extrema: Uma Nova Abordagem. Biodiversidade Brasileira, 2016. 6 (1) pp. 34-47.
  • COMANDULLI, C.; KILROY, A. Rivers of Creativity: from Intimate Performance to Sustainable Extreme Citizen Science: a bottom-up practice to tackle local issues. In: Rabben, Linda (editor) Chico Vive: The Legacy of Chico Mendes and the Global Grassroots Environmental Movement. New York: Rainforest Foundation US, 2015.
  • COMANDULLI, C. Protectionists and the Guarani - the village that did not exist. Socio-environmental conflict in Southern Brazil. UCL Anthropology Working Paper Series, v. 7, 2009.

Presentations & Conferences

  • C. On a War Footing: Territorial and Cultural Protection in an Amazonian Frontier. A Workshop on Challenges of Conducting Socio-Environmental Research, by CLOSER. King’s College London. London Oct/2017.
  • COMANDULLI, C. L’expédition des Ashaninka du Brésil vers le Pérou, union politique et culturelle, et connexion aux sites sacrés. Musée du Quai Branly. Paris Dec/2015.
  • COMANDULLI, C. What makes community-based monitoring work: an interactive workshop exploring approaches, Technologies and best practice (Workshop). Global Canopy Programme, Point Ephemere. Paris Dec/2015.
  • COMANDULLI, C.; WOODHOUSE, E.; CHIARAVALOTTI, R. The space and place of indigenous and riverine peoples in the national state. ChaLlenges Of multidisciplinarity in Socio-Environmental Research - CLOSER. Doctoral Training. King’s College London/UCL. London Nov/2015.
  • COMANDULLI, C. ExCiteS in the Amazon the Ashaninka case. Why and how to expand the use and impact of community monitoring in the Amazon? Global Canopy Programme. Brazil (Xapuri/Acre) April/15.
  • COMANDULLI, C. Indigenous peoples in Brazil: policies, rights, and perspectives. CLOSER event. King’s College London. London Oct/2014.
  • COMANDULLI, C. Ciência Cidadã Extrema: pesquisa e levantamentos colaborativos. International Seminar on Participatory Monitoring for the Management of Biodiversity and Natural Resources. Brazil (Manaus/Amazonas) Sept/2014.
  • COMANDULLI, C. Extreme Citizen Science: a bottom-up approach for tackling local issues. Chico Vive Conference. New Technologies Workshop. Washington April/2014.
  • COMANDULLI, C. Extreme Citizen Science on the way to the Amazon. South-South Community Community Measuring, reporting and Verifying (CMRV) Workshop. WWF and Silva Carbon. Guyana Aug/2014.

Education History

  • 2014 – 2019: University College London, PhD in Anthropology – part-time, Ongoing (due date Dec 2019)
  • 2006 -2008: University College London, MSc in Anthropology and Ecology of Development – part-time, Final grade: A with Distinction
  • 2002 - 2005: Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil
  • 2005 – 2006: Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam – The Netherlands, BSc Social Sciences, Final overall grade: 9.939 (on a scale of zero to ten)
  • 1999 – 2001: Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil, BA Law – not concluded, Overall grade: A
  • University entrance exams: ranked 66th among 1800 candidates for admission.

Honours, Awards & Funding

  • 2018 – Newton Prize Latin America (Collaborator, with Dr. Jerome Lewis and Daniel Pierri)
  • 2015/2016 - John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation / Institute of International Education X-Grant. Co-Project Director with Prof. David Salisbury, Transboundary Sustainability Workshop
  • 2014/2016 - EPSRC PhD studentship, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council
  • 2007 – Ruggles-Gates Fund for Biological Anthropology - London
  • 2007 – Masters Research Awards in Anthropology – UCL
  • 2007 - Parkes Foundation Small Grants Fund - Cambridge
  • 2005/2006 - Paulo Freire Program scholarship – Amsterdam
  • 2004 - CNPQ grant - Brazilian National Research Council