Valerio Simoni Riba

Academic degree: Doctorate
Category: Associated researchers
Institutional subunit: ISCTE-IUL
Research group: Circulation and Place-Making
Thematic line:
Research interests: Economy | Morality | Mobility
Research contexts: Cuba, Spain
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Biographical note

Valerio graduated in Social Anthropology at the University of Neuchâtel (2004) and holds a PhD from Leeds Metropolitan University (2009). He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at CRIA-IUL (FCT, 2010-2014), and a Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (SNSF, 2014-2017). His investigations, grounded in ethnographic research in Cuba and Spain, have focused on the economic, social and cultural flows generated by international tourism and migration, with theoretical interests spanning three main areas of concern: the economy and its margins, the transformations of intimacy, and the politics of mobility. Valerio is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute, and the Principal Investigator for the project “Returning to a Better Place: The (Re)assessment of the ‘Good Life’ in Times of Crisis” (ERC Starting Grant, 2018-2023). Linking three subprojects in Spain, Ecuador, and Cuba, this new research aims to contribute to: 1) the study of morality, ethics and what counts as “good life”, 2) the study of the field of economic practice, its definition, value regimes, and ‘crises’, and 3) the study of migratory aspirations, projects, and trajectories.

Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2014Edited journal issueSAMPAIO, Sofia; SIMONI, Valerio; ISNART, Cyril (orgs.), 2014, special issue "Tourism and transformation: negotiating metaphors, experiencing change", Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 12 (2), ISSN: 1476-6825, E-ISSN: 1747-7654.
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2014ArticleSAMPAIO, Sofia; SIMONI, Valerio; ISNART, Cyril, 2014, "Tourism and transformation: negotiating metaphors, experiencing change", Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 12 (2): 93-101, ISSN: 1476-6825, E-ISSN: 1747-7654.
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2008Book chapterSIMONI, Valerio, 2008, "'Riding’ Diversity: Cubans’/Jineteros’ Uses of 'Nationality-Talks’ in the Realm of their Informal Encounters with Tourists", in Peter Burns and Marina Novelli (eds.), Tourism Development: Growth, Myths and Inequalities, Wallingford, Cambridge Ma: CAB International, 68-84.
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2008ArticleSIMONI, Valerio, 2008, "Shifting powers: the (de)stabilization of asymmetries in the realm of tourism in Cuba", Tsansta: Review of the Swiss Anthropological Society, 13:
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2009ArticleSIMONI, Valerio, 2009, "Scaling cigars in Cuba’s tourism economy", Etnográfica, 13 (2):
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2009Book chapterSIMONI, Valerio, 2009, "Tra 'amicizia’ e 'interesse’: la negoziazione di relazioni nell’ambito di incontri informali tra turisti e cubani", in Chiara Cipollari (org.), Scenari Turistici, Roma, CISU, Centro d’Informazione e Stampa Universitaria, 75-89.
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2010Paper in proceedingsSIMONI, Valerio, 2010, "Seducing bodies: dance-sex (dis)continuities in touristic Cuba". In Conference Proceedings of the 1st Biannual TOCOCU Research Network ('Tourism and Seduction of Difference'). David Picard and Carina Amaral (eds.) Sheffield: TOCOCU (CD Rom).
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2011Book chapterSIMONI, Valerio, 2011, "L’interculturalité comme justification: Sexe 'couleur locale' dans la Cuba touristique", em Anne Lavanchy, Fred Dervin e Anahy Gajardo (orgs.), Anthropologies de l’interculturalité, Paris, L’Harmattan, pp. 197-225, ISBN 978-2-296-56497-8.
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2012Book chapterSIMONI, Valerio, 2012, "Dancing tourists: tourism, party and seduction in Cuba", in David Picard, Mike Robinson (eds.), Emotion in Motion: Tourism, Affect and Transformation, Farnham, Ashgate, 267-281, ISBN 9781409421337 (hbk).
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2012Book chapterSIMONI, Valerio, 2012, "Tourism materialities: enacting cigars in touristic Cuba", in René van der Duim, Carina Ren, Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson (eds.), Actor-Network Theory and Tourism: Ordering, Materiality and Multiplicity, London, Routledge, 59-79, ISBN 978-0-415-62072-7 (hbk).
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2013ArticleSIMONI, Valerio, 2013, "Revisiting Hosts and Guests: ethnographic insights on touristic encounters from Cuba", Journal of Tourism Challenges and Trends, 6 (2): 39-62, ISSN: 1844-9743.
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2013Book chapterSIMONI, Valerio, 2013, "Touristic encounters revisited: controversies of 'social’ and 'economic’ value in Cuba", in João Sarmento, Eduardo Brito-Henriques (orgs.), Tourism in the Global South: Landscapes, Identities and Development, Lisboa, Centro de Estudos Geográficos, Universidade de Lisboa, pp. 113-132, ISBN: 978-972-636-235-7.
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2014ArticleSIMONI, Valerio, 2014, "Coping with ambiguous relationships: sex, tourism, and transformation in Cuba", Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 12 (2): 166-183, ISSN: 1476-6825, E-ISSN: 1747-7654.
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2014ArticleSIMONI, Valerio, 2014, "From tourist to person: the value of intimacy in touristic Cuba", Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 12 (3): 280-292, ISSN: 1476-6825, E-ISSN: 1747-7654.
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2014Paper in proceedingsSIMONI, Valerio, 2014, "Género y moralidad del binomio amor-dinero en la cuba turística", in Periferias, Fronteras y Diálogos: Actas del XIII Congreso de Antropología de la FAAEE, Tarragona, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, pp. 862-884, ISBN: 978-84-697-0505-6.
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2014ArticleSIMONI, Valerio, 2014, "The morality of friendship in touristic Cuba", Suomen Antropologi, 39 (1): 19-36, ISSN: 0355-3930.
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2008ArticleSIMONI, Valerio; McCABE, Scott, 2008, "From ethnographers to tourists and back again: on positioning issues in the anthropology of tourism", Civilisations: Revue internationale d’anthropologie et de sciences humaines, 57 (1-2):
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2014Edited journal issueSIMONI, Valerio; THROOP, Jason (orgs.), 2014, special issue "Friendship, Morality, and Experience", Suomen Antropologi, 39 (1), ISSN: 0355-3930.
Valerio Simoni Ribapub228*2014ArticleSIMONI, Valerio; THROOP, Jason, 2014, "Introduction: friendship, morality, and experience", Suomen Antropologi, 39 (1): 4-18, ISSN: 0355-3930.

IDResearcherPositionProjTitleProject typeStatus+
pub228*Valerio Simoni RibaResearch scholarproj142*The transformation of intimate and economic lives in Cuban tourism and migrationPost-doctoral researchConcluded+
pub228*Valerio Simoni RibaResearch scholarproj308*Controversial commodities: the transformations of relationships in the realm of tourism in CubaPost-doctoral researchConcluded+