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University of Gastronomic Sciences | Pollenzo Campus
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 9
fraz. Pollenzo – 12042 Bra (Cn) – Italy
Born in Recco (GE) on 16.10.1965, after graduating in Natural Sciences (Geobotany) Roberta got a degree in Geography, a PhD in Geographical Sciences and a PhD in Historical Sciences at Genoa University as a pupil of Massimo Quaini and Diego Moreno.
She discussed the historical ecology approach with Oliver Rackham during a stage at the University of Cambridge and with palynologists and archaeologists during a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Botanical Institute/ University of Bergen (ref. K. Krzwinsky and D. Moe). She has collaborated since 1995 with geographers and historians of the Nottingham University in the annual field courses “The landscape history of Liguria” (ref. C. Watkins and R. Balzaretti).
She worked on many interdisciplinary research projects on the historical environmental heritage of the Apennines and European Mountains in collaboration with the Laboratory of Environmental Archaeology and History (LASA) at University of Genoa, the Universities of Bergen, Nottingham, Toulouse-le Mirail, the Doctorate School in Historical Geography at Genoa University, Natural Parks, local authorities, associations and farmers. From 2004 to 2013 she carried out scientific and educational tasks at the University of Eastern Piedmont/Center for Historical Analysis of Territory (CAST) directed by the historian Angelo Torre.
Since May 2015 she is Associate Professor at UniSG where she teaches Geography and Historical Ecology and is member of the teaching staff of the PhD Program in Ecogastronomy, Education and Society. She works to an innovative interpretation and management of landscapes and rural, environmental and gastronomic heritage through the approach of historical ecology and geographical micro-analysis, with particular reference to mountain and marginal areas.
She is member of the Scientific Committee and board of the Territorialist Society, the Exhibition on transhumance in Liguria (Genoa 2020) and the International Conference on Historical Ecology for the Future, Metz, May 2021.
- Member of the Review Group for the Graduate Degree in Food Innovation & Management
- Ecologia Storica e Produzioni Locali [Undergraduate Degree in Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures]
- Pratiche di Viaggio ed Esperienze sul Campo [Undergraduate Degree in Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures]
- Storia e Geografia dei Terroirs [Undergraduate Degree in Gastronomic Sciences and Cultures]
MAIN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREA in UNISG
SPECIFIC RESEARCH TOPICS
- Historical Ecology
- Environmental Geography
- Geography of Landscapes and Terroir
- Multiple agroforestry systems
- Rural landscapes of historical interest
- Biodiversity and historical processes of bio diversification
- Rural, environmental, gastronomic heritage
- Marginal/mountain areas