RESEARCH THEMES

 

·       Ethnobotany: traditional foraging and folk perceptions, categorizations, uses of wild food plants

 

·       Local food heritage: its documentation, representations, and temporal and spatial dynamics (e.g. neglected ingredients, domestic 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 Greater Middle East and in Eastern Europe

 

·       “Newcomers” in Western Europe

 

RESEARCH PROJECTIONS/RELEVANCE

 

·       Strategies for fostering local food heritage

·       Sustainable rural development

·       New gastronomies and novel foods based upon traditional foods

·       Food security and food sovereignty

·       History of plant uses

·       Culturally-sensitive nutritional/public health policies