Maria Giovanna Onorati

Associate Professor of Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes
Director of the University’s Third Mission-cultural and social public engagement
Rector’s Delegate to Anti-Discrimination Policies, Diversity Management and Gender Policies
Teacher-Student Joint Committee member
Scientific Director of Food Media Monitor

Email: m.onorati@unisg.it

University of Gastronomic Sciences
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 9
fraz. Pollenzo – 12042 Bra (Cn) – Italy


Biography

Maria Giovanna Onorati is an associate professor of Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes (S.S.D. SPS/08) at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, where she is also the Director of the University’s Third Cultural and Social Mission – Public engagement.

She is also the Rector’s Delegate to Anti-Discrimination Politics, Diversity Management, and Gender Politics.

Previously she was a researcher in Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes in the Department of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Valle d’Aosta, where she was also the Dean’s Representative for Equal Opportunities and Chair of the Permanent Guarantee Committee. Between 2014 and 2017 she was an elected member of the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Equality Bodies of Italian Universities.

She received her PhD in Theory of Language and Sciences of Signs (11th cycle) from the Graduate School of Human Sciences, Philosophies, Theories, Languages and Cultural and Formative Processes at the Aldo Moro University of Bari.

She has coordinated a number of European research and education projects in the fields of lifelong learning and vocational education and training.

Since the year 2017 she is the scientific responsible and manager of the Project funded by UNHCR “Food for Inclusion” (Call: EOI/ITARO/2/SMl/2018 “Assistance and Protection to Persons of Concern in ltaly (lntegration)”).

She has taught at various universities outside of Italy, including Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, and Artevelde University College in Ghent, Belgium.

She is a member of the Italian Sociology Association (AIS), the European Sociology Association (ESA) and the International Association of Intercultural Education (IAIE).

Since 2017 she is a member of the academic board of the PhD Program in Ecogastronomy, Education and Society at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo and since 2012 of the PhD Program in Contemporary Social Philosophies and Theories (XXVII and XXVIII cycles) at the Graduate School of Human Sciences, Philosophies, Theories, Languages and Cultural and Formative Processes at the Aldo Moro University of Bari.

She has authored over 60 publications.

Major Research Areas
  • socio-cultural change and integration processes from an intercultural perspective
  • intercultural communication, particularly linked to the development of new technologies and participatory media
  • the development of intercultural competence particularly in the VET and lifelong learning sector
  • Food and Media as factors of social innovation