P7300170Kelemendi July 2004 (608)10NIC_98469DSC09730

78Castelmezzano 29 e 30 aprile 2003 010080035Monte Caperrino 25 maggio 2003 042Albania

 

RESEARCH THEMES

 

·       Ethnobotany: folk perceptions, categorization, uses, and management of wild plants

 

·       Food cultural heritage and its dynamics: neglected ingredients, esp. wild items; recipes evolution; domestic food preparations perceived as “healthy” (food-medicines); traditional fermented foods

 

·       Human ecology and biocultural diversity: cross-cultural and diachronic analyses of LEK (local environmental knowledge) systems; cultural adaptation processes

 

 

STUDY AREAS AND COMMUNITIES

 

·       Minorities, diasporas, and cultural and geographical boundaries, esp. in the Balkans and in the Greater Middle East

 

·       Marginalized “newcomers” in Western Europe

 

 

RESEARCH PROJECTIONS/RELEVANCE

 

·       Sustainable rural development, local communities-centred strategies of bio-cultural “conservation” & innovation

 

·       New gastronomies and novel foods based upon traditional foods

 

·       Food security and food sovereignty

 

·       History of plant uses

 

·       Culturally-sensitive food policies