Miss Carlotta Molfese

Miss Carlotta Molfese

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


PhD Researcher in Human Geography and scholar-activist exploring the Back-To-The-Land movement and its more-than-human practices through the lense of anarchist geographies.

Supervisors: Dr Kim Ward and Prof. Geoff Wilson


PhD Candidate in Human Geography with 1+3 ESRC scholarship, Plymouth University 2017-2021

MSc Human Geography Research, Plymouth University, 2017-2018 (Distinction)

MSc Sustainable Environmental Management, Plymouth University, 2015-2016 (Distinction)

BSc Marine Biology and Oceanography, Plymouth University, 2010-2013 (First)

Research interests

Active research interests: Social movements (particularly rural/peasant movements), environmental policy and politics, political ecology, plant and more-than-human geographies, agriculture and farming, anarchism.

Latent research interests: marine ecosystems, fisheries and aquaculture.

Other research

Before embarking on my post-graduate journey in geography, I specialised in human impacts on the marine environment with a particular interest in fisheries and marine ecosystem change over time. 

Grants & contracts

Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 scholarship at Plymouth University

Project Title: The Back-To-The-Land movement and nature in the Anthropocene: a personal journey through anarchist geographies

Supervisors: Dr Kim Ward and Prof Geoff Wilson

Molfese C. (2017) "The political ecology of hemp: discourses of multifunctionality and 'semi-legal' practices in Italian agriculture" Unpublished MSc Dissertation, Plymouth University

Molfese C. (2016) "Traveling folk and nature: a visual narrative of a counter-cultural reality". Unpublished MSc Dissertation, Plymouth University

Molfese C, Beare D, Hall-Spencer JM (2014) Overfishing and the Replacement of Demersal Finfish by Shellfish: An Example from the English Channel. PLoS ONE 9(7): e101506. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101506

Additional information

While I conduct my PhD research, I also help co-manage a small-scale ecological restoration and farming project in the South of Italy with my partner. Our more-than-farming project "Niter" has been built on principles of agroecology/permaculture, energy and water self-sufficiency and what I call "ecological mutual aid". Hence, unlike the focus of organic farms and practices on 'bio' and non-human entities generally understood as "living", we extend our efforts to ecological relationships between bio and geo, including soils, energy and water.