Riccardo Bocco is Professor of Professor of Political Sociology at the Anthropology and Sociology Department of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
His present research project titled ‘Violence, Memory and Cinema’ explores the role of documentary and fiction films in reconstructing collective identities during armed conflicts (Israel/Palestine) in post-civil wars (Lebanon) and in post-dictatorship contexts (Argentina and Chile).
His main geographical area of fieldwork for the last 35 years has been the Near East with a particular focus on Jordan, Israel/Palestine and Lebanon. He has successively worked on issues of development policies and State-building; on humanitarian aid and refugees; and monitoring the impact of international aid on civilian populations.
Ricccardo Bocco has been Director of the French Centre for Research on the Contemporary Middle East, based in Amman, and then Research Director at the Graduate Institute for Development Studies in Geneva. During the 2000s, he has led large-scale research projects on international aid in the Near East for various UN agencies.
In addition to his PhD at SciencesPo, Paris, he has degrees in cultural anthropology, development studies and Arabic language.