Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 9
fraz. Pollenzo – 12042 Bra (Cn)
Trained in medical botany at the University of Pisa, Andrea Pieroni earned his doctorate from the University of Bonn in Germany. He has worked as a Research Assistant at the University of London (2000-2003) and as a tenured Lecturer and, later, Senior Lecturer at the University of Bradford in northern England (2003-2009). From January 2009 he was Associate Professor of Ethnobotany in Pollenzo and from 2016 Full Professor.
Professor Pieroni has served as the Vice-President and President of the International Society of Ethnobiology (2008-2010). He is the founder and Chief Editor of the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine (ethnobiomed.com) and sits on the boards of diverse international peer-reviewed journals.
Main target communities and study areas are: minorities, diasporas, cultural and geographical boundaries in the Mediterranean, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and especially in the Greater Middle East.
- Etnobiologia e Food Scouting [Undergraduate Degree in Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures]
- Foraging, Nutraceuticals & Sciences for the Kitchen [Undergraduate Degree in Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures]
MAIN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREA in UNISG
SPECIFIC RESEARCH TOPICS
- Food cultural heritage and its dynamics: neglected ingredients, esp. wild items; recipes evolution; domestic food preparations perceived as “healthy” (food-medicines); traditional fermented foods.
- Ethnobiology: folk perceptions, categorization, uses, and management of wild plants.
- Human ecology: cross-cultural and diachronic analyses of LEK (local environmental knowledge) systems; cultural adaptation processes.
RESEARCH PROJECTS UNISG
- DiGe – Ethnobotany of divided generations in the context of centralization
- SASS – Sustainable Agri-Food System Strategies
- BIOESSaNS – Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Sacred Natural Sites
- UNHCR – Food for Inclusion
- GLN – Green Learning Network