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Dr Camilla Morelli

BA(Rome), MA(Manch.), PhD, PhD(Manch.)

  • BS8 1UU


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Research interests


My research explores the lives of children and youth in Amazonian Peru. I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork over the past ten years working with indigenous Matses people, where I examine how children and youth are making active choices that will critically shape the future of indigenous societies in Latin America and beyond. My research approach is quintessentially child-centred, meaning that I address children as primary research participants in order to explore and bring out their own perspectives, voices and worldviews. To do this, I apply a range of visual and participatory methods that can explore children’s imagination and knowledge beyond words, including drawing, participatory photography and co-production of animation.



My current project—Animating the Future, funded by the British Academy—is a collaboration with academic researchers, professional animators and indigenous artists that aims at tackling the challenges faced by indigenous Amazonian youth in rural-urban transition. We are conducting research and co-producing animated films with young people from four indigenous groups in Amazonia, using participatory animation as a research method and a form of collaborative storytelling that can allow these young migrants to discuss the difficulties they are facing while producing tangible outputs (animated films) that can amplify their voices both locally and internationally.



I am interested in supervising postgraduate students conducting projects with a focus on childhood and youth, indigenous Amazonia, and participatory methods, especially drawing and animation.

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Youth Futures 2019

Morelli, C.


Project: Research

University Research Fellowship

Morelli, C.


Project: Research

Research Output

  • 3 Digital or Visual Products
  • 2 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Authored book
  • 1 Chapter in a book

Acate (Frog Poison)

Morelli, C., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Children of the Rainforest: Shaping the Future in Amazonia

Morelli, C., 2019, (In preparation)

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

Eater, taker, food!

Morelli, C., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products


  • Camel Trust Grant for Post-Doctoral Research

    Morelli, Camilla (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Impact and Knowledge Exchange Fund, Faculty of Arts

    Morelli, Camilla (Recipient), 2020

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    RAI Film Festival - film screening

    Camilla Morelli (Advisor)

    30 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesFestival, exhibition, performance

    Invited Talk, Departmental Seminar, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

    Camilla Morelli (Participant)

    18 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Expanding the Frame: Ethnographic Film and its Others - Conference of the Royal Anthropological Institute

    Camilla Morelli (Organiser)

    27 Mar 201929 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference