P7300170Kelemendi July 2004 (608)10NIC_98469DSC09730

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

 

 

RESEARCH THEMES

 

·       Ethnobotany: TEK (traditional environmental knowledge) systems related to “wild” food and medicinal plants: folk perception, categorization, uses, and management of local resources

·       Ethnobiology and Human Ecology: cross-cultural and diachronic analyses of TEK; cultural adaptation processes; resilience among minorities and diasporas

·       Traditional Foods: neglected and little-known food ingredients and domestic food preparations perceived as “healthy” (food-medicines); fermented plant foods

 

 

STUDY AREAS AND COMMUNITIES

 

·       Minorities, diasporas, and cultural and geographical boundaries in the Greater Middle East (incl. the Balkans and the Caucasus), Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean; special focus: Kurdish, Albanian, and Pashtun/Afghan groups

·       Marginalized “newcomers” in Western Europe

 

 

RESEARCH PROJECTIONS/RELEVANCE

 

·       Food security and food sovereignty

·       Sustainable rural development

·       Local communities-centred strategies of biodiversity conservation and management of bio-cultural heritage systems

·       History of plant use

·       New gastronomies and novel foods based upon traditional foods

·       Culturally-sensitive public health/nutrition policies