Nicholas Harney

Nicholas Harney


Professor - Sociocultural Anthropology

PhD 1996  (University of Toronto)
Office: Social Science Centre 9438
Tel: 519 661-2111  ext. 82054


Research Interests

My research interests include the social anthropology of urban life, migration studies and critical perspectives on global processes with a focus on Canada and Italy.  

Recent and Key Publications

2024. Harney, N. D. "Chapter 1: Mobility, immobility, and migration". In Research Handbook on the Sociology of Migration. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. from

2022. Harney, N. D. and Boccagni, P. Calibrating home, hospitality and reciprocity in migration. Anthropological Theory. doi 10.1177/14634996221118140

2022. Harney, N. The anti-mass and unruly urban sociability.  Social distancing as a clarification of publicness. Lo squanderno. 61 (March, available online,

2020.  Harney, N. Interculturalism, Inequality and Hospitality in Italy. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology. DOI 10.1080/00141844.2020.1806898

2019. Brighenti, Andrea Mubi and Harney, N. Comparing what? Conceptualizing comparison in ethnographic research – Introduction. Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa /Ethnography & Qualitative Research. 12 (2) 123-134.

2017. Harney, N. The ritualisation of hospitality: comparative notes at the frontiers of migration. In Frontiers, Migrations, Anchorings / Frontières, migrations, ancrages / Frontiere, migrazioni, ancoraggi. University of Catania, TEMA, eds. Melania Nucifora and Paolo Militello.

2015. Harney, N. Italian Mobilities and Diasporic Circulation in Neoliberal Times. Ruth Ben-Ghiat & Stephanie Malia Hom (eds.) Italian Mobilities New York: Routledge

2014. Harney, N. Temporalities of migration and reflexive ethnography Mondi Migranti 3:47-62.

2013. Harney, N. Precarity Affect and Problem Solving with Mobile Phones by Asylum Seekers Refugees and Migrants in Naples Italy, Journal of Refugee Studies doi:10.1093/jrs/fet017.

2012. Harney, N. Migrant strategies informal economies and ontological security Ukrainians in Naples Italy International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 32(1/2).

2011. Harney, N. Neoliberal restructuring and multicultural legacies the experiences of a mid-level actor in recognizing difference Ethnic and Racial Studies, 34(11) pp. (doi:10.1080/01419870.2011.558589)

2011. Harney, N. Accounting for African migrants in Naples Italy Critical Perspectives on Accounting (doi:10.1016/

Grants and Awards

SSHRC Insight Grant, 2020-2024, The ritualization of hospitality: A comparative ethnography across Italy

SSHRC Connection Grant, 2018, Summer Institute in Migration, Mobilities and Borders, Trento, Italy 

Australian Research Council, Discovery Project, DP130104666 - Neoliberalism, migration and diasporas: a comparative, ethnographic analysis of their intersections in Australia, Canada and Italy (2013-2015).

Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013

Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Award 2007

Academic Society Involvement;

Editor, Editorial Board of the journal, Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Anthropology and Comparative Sociology. (Taylor & Francis, 2018 - 5 year Impact Factor 0.953).

International Scientific Board member, Etnografia e ricerca qualitative. 

Comitato Scientfico Member, Humanities. Rivista online di Storia, Geografia, Antropologia, Sociologia. 

External Academic Advisor to the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant No. 678456 (as required by the ERC Executive Agency), HOMing Project, Dr. Paolo Boccagni, Università degli Studi di Trento – The Home-Migration Nexus: Home as a Window on Migrant Belonging, Integration and Circulation - Start date: 2016-11-01, End date: 2021-10-31; Grant € 1,499,678.

Visiting Professor, (since 2012, continuing), Università degli Studi di Trento, Department of Sociology, and Social Research, Centre of Migration Studies and Social Cohesion.

International Scientific Advisory Board Member, 2018- continuing. Centro di Elaborazione Culturale Mobilità e Migrazioni Internazionali (MoMi) Dipartimento di Scienze Umane e Sociali Università degli studi di Napoli L'Orientale.