Paola Tine

Paola Tine

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Paola Tine' (Palermo 1991), is an anthropologist with expertise in visual research methods, social change and domestic relations.

After my studies in the Arts & Humanities (2013, BA Human Sciences with a major in Cultural Anthropology, University of Siena), I specialised in Visual Anthropology (2015, MA University of Siena) and in Documentary ethnographic video-making (2017, ETNOfilm, Padova).

I have conducted intensive fieldwork in South Australia and Nepal, where I used traditional qualitative research methods and experimental visual methodologies. In 2018, I received the 'Jon Prosser Award for Outstanding Work by Beginning Scholars in Visual Methodologies' by the International Visual Sociology Association.

My recent work includes a fieldwork among the Nepali-speaking Bhutanese community of Adelaide in collaboration with Professor John Gray. From 2017, I am a member of the Food Values Research Group at the University of Adelaide. 

Under the supervision of Professor John Gray (The University of Adelaide), Professor Rachel Ankeny (The University of Adelaide) and the internationally recognised painter Gregory Donovan (The University of South Australia), I am currently researching social change in modern Nepal, with a focus on the topic of food practices, family dynamics and healthy eating.  The methodological challenge of this study is to show some of the insights of sociological research through visual representation. 

  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Italian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Spanish; Castilian Can read and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD, Social Anthropology and Development Studies
    2013 - 2015 The University of Siena Italy Master of Arts, Anthropology and Visual Studies
    2010 - 2013 The University of Siena Italy Bachelor of Arts, Human Sciences (History, Philosophy, Anthropology)
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2019 Postgraduate Training in Medical Anthropology University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
    2017 Ethnographic Film Training Ethnofilm Italy
    2016 Postgraduate Fieldwork Training University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Erasmus Placement University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2020 Higher Education Teaching Certificate Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Tine, P. (2019). I colori del sogno di Gatsby: proposta di analisi semiotica. O Ideario Patrimonial.
    2018 Tine, P. (2018). ‘Lo sperimentalismo letterario nel romanzo moderno americano’. O Ideário Patrimonial,.
    2017 Tine, P. (2017). Le radici storiche del conflitto in Ucraina e la costruzione della memoria. Tetide. Rivista di Studi Mediterranei.
    2017 Tine, P. (2017). Art as a research method: on the expression of anthropological insights’. O Ideário Patrimonial,.
    2017 Tine, P. (2017). ‘Cultural interaction and integration in the context of immigration: the case study of the Nepali-speaking Bhutanese in Adelaide'. Journal of Identity and Migration Studies-JIMS.


  • 2018 Jon Prosser Award for Outstanding Work by Beginning Scholars in Visual Methodologies.

Research Project Fundings

  • 2018 Sight and Life Foundation (fieldwork in Nepal)

Research Grants

  • 2018 IVSA Travel Stipend, International Visual Sociology Association (conference).
  • 2018 Global Learning Travel Grant, The University of Adelaide (fieldwork in Nepal).
  • 2018 Postgraduate Fieldwork Funding, The University of Adelaide, Department of Anthropology (fieldwork in Nepal).
  • 2018 Research Abroad Scholarship, The University of Adelaide Graduate Centre (fieldwork in Nepal). 
  • 2017 Beacon of Enlightenment Scholarship, The University of Adelaide (PhD studies).  
  • 2016 Postgraduate Internship, The University of Siena (fieldwork in South Australia).
  • 2015 Erasmus Traineeship, The University of Siena (visiting fellowship at The University of Edinburgh).


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