Andrea Pieroni

Full Professor of Ethnobotany and Ethnobiology

Tel +39 0172 458538
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University of Gastronomic Sciences
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 9
fraz. Pollenzo – 12042 Bra (Cn) – Italy


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 (200o-2003) and as a tenured Lecturer and, later, Senior Lecturer at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford in northern England (2003-2009). From January 2009 he was Associate Professor in the subject area Environmental and Applied Botany in Pollenzo and from 2016 he is Full Professor in the same subject.

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 and sits on the boards of diverse international ethnoscientific associations and peer-reviewed publications.


Research areas
  • Ethnobotany and ethnobiology of “wild” foods
  • Traditional fermented foods
  • Medicinal plants in folk medical practices
  • Folk “food-medicines”
  • Traditional veterinary and fodder plants
  • Cross-cultural and cross-temporal dynamics of plant use
  • Migrants’ ethnobotany (mechanisms of change and adaptation of folk plant/food knowledge systems)


Research relevance areas
  • Food sovereignty
  • Community-based bio-conservation strategies
  • Rural development
  • Bio-cultural heritage
  • Culturally sensitive public health/nutrition policies devoted to migrants