Sergio is ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Geography. He has a background in social anthropology and over ten years of fieldwork experience in Oceania (Papua New Guinea and the Marshall Islands) and Africa (Mozambique).
Sergio is currently researching climate change adaptation practices, with a focus on community-based adaptation in the Maldives, the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Torres Strait Islands, as part of the project FUTURE ISLANDS: CATALYSING SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN LOW-LYING ISLANDS. Sergio uses mixed research methods and participatory approaches to explore the intersections between globalisation, (im)material culture, social and climate change and the behavioural ecology of human emotions. He is also interested in collaborative ethnography, interdisciplinary research and museum practice. Sergio has an LLB from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), a BA in Art History and Museum Studies from the Università degli Studi di Urbino (Italy), as well as an MPhil and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He was Predoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, in 2011-2012, where he carried out the analysis, consolidation and repatriation of a large corpus of indigenous oral folklore and its associated systems of knowledge to the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea as part of the Recovering Voices Program. From 2014 to 2016, he was Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York. At AMNH, Sergio conducted a socio-ecological study of Budibudi, a small archipelago of low-lying coral atolls off the Papua New Guinea coast, researching culturally-informed local perspectives on the effects of climate change and adaptation practices. In 2016-2017, Sergio was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where he carried out a visual repatriation of materials from the Museum’s archives back to Papua New Guinea, to elicit responses from locals and evidence new linkages between people, objects and the environment. Sergio taught the Museums and Anthropology graduate course at the University of Columbia in 2017 and is the Acting Director of the Massim Museum and Cultural Centre in Alotau, Milne Bay Province (Papua New Guinea).
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The Tuma Underworld of Love. Erotic and Other Narrative Songs of the Trobriand Islanders a..
Recognizing Spontaneous Facial Expressions of Emotion in a Small-Scale Society of Papua Ne..
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Research in Small-Scale Societies: Studying Emotions and F..
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Art and Anthropology beyond Beautiful Representations: The Material Hyperreality of Artistic Ethnography
Sergio Jarillo de la Torre
Journal article | 2013 | Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research
This paper takes its cue from two art objects that can be considered in themselves as nontextual experiments in ethnographic resea..
Research Fellow (Climate Change A.P - Communities)
Doctor of Philosphy
University of Cambridge
Masters of Philosophy
University of Cambridge
Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo
Bachelors Degree (Honours)
Autonomous University of Madrid