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

 

       Cultural boundaries, minorities, and diasporas in the Greater Middle East and surrounding regions

 

 

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