The new PhD Program in Ecogastronomy, Education and Society expresses the interdisciplinary and international nature of the University of Gastronomic Sciences at the highest level. The objectives are to:

  • prepare young researchers for academic careers in research institutions and study centers at a national and international level, in relation to the multi-faceted and interdisciplinary world of eco-gastronomy as a complex educational and social system;
  • include young scholars in the world of work and in areas of business that demand innovation and a superior preparation in relation to the world of food.


In particular the PhD program will follow these objectives:

  • master in a critical way the various social and cultural systems to which gastronomic values are associated;
  • learn about key models of education aimed at an ecological and sustainable vision of food;
  • develop a relational and interdependent vision of gastronomy through the elaboration of projects for food politics and diplomacy;
  • experiment creative and innovative formats that fit into social processes related to food education.

For more information > Prof Nicola Perullo, PhD Director, or

The PhD Program in Ecogastronomy, Education and Society expresses the international and interdisciplinary nature of the university at the highest level, constituting itself as a program which, although not in collaboration with other universities, foresees in its Council the presence of international professors from many universities around the world representing the multiplicity of approaches to the topics covered by the program.


Prof. Lorenzo Bairati – University of Gastronomic Sciences – Associate Professor of Comparative Private Law

Prof. Roberta Cevasco – University of Gastronomic Sciences – Associate Professor of Geography

Prof. Simone Cinotto – University of Gastronomic Sciences – Associate Professor of Modern History

Prof. Paolo Corvo – University of Gastronomic Sciences – Assistant Professor of General Sociology

Prof. Timothy Ingold – University of Aberdeen – Professor in Social Anthropology

Prof. Michiel Korthals – Wageningen University – Emeritus Professor of Applied Philosophy

Prof. Paola Migliorini– University of Gastronomic Sciences – Assistant Professor in Agronomy and Crop Production

Prof. Alfred Maroyi – University of Fort Hare – Professor in Plant Ecology/Botany 

Prof. Jan Masschelein – University of K.U. Leuven – Full professor Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences 

Prof. Maria Giovanna Onorati – University of Gastronomic Sciences – Associate Professor of Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes

Prof. Lisa Price – Oregon State University – Professor of Anthropology

Prof. Vittorio Pelligra – University of Cagliari – Associate Professor of Political Economy

Prof. Nicola Perullo – Program director – University of Gastronomic Sciences – Full Professor of Aesthetics

Prof. Andrea Pieroni – University of Gastronomic Sciences – Professor of Food Biodiversity Sciences, Ethnobotany, and Ethnobiology

Prof. Alessandra Quarta – University of Turin – Researcher of Civil Law

Prof. Luisa Torri – University of Gastronomic Sciences – Associate Professor of Food Science

Prof. Stanley Ulijaszek – University of Oxford – Professor of Human Ecology

Muhammad Abdul Aziz

working title:Traditional Gastronomy, indigenous knowledge and equality of gender in Pashtun Society.

Chiara Flora Bassignana

working title: Biocultural Diversity Conservation in Italian Landscapes

Maddalena Borsato

working title: “Sweet thing”. An attempt to think the sweetness

Ashley Thao Dam

working titleGlobalising Maternity: Food security, Seasonality, and Maternal Nutritional Health in Rural Cambodia

Elena Mancioppi

working title: Atmospheric food. How food smells affect and shape self-perception in connection with spatial intuition and collective imagination.

Riccardo Migliavada

working title: Nudging healthier food choices through food perception

Dauro Zocchi

working title: Gastronomy as a driver of sustainable development: The case study of Peru

During the Study Program students are required to take part in 3 courses, one per year, which will be determined annually.

The PhD Program in Ecogastronomy, Education and Society also includes training activities in linguistics, computer science, research management, knowledge of research systems and funding systems, use of research results and intellectual property.

Mandatory attendance for all activities is required.

The annual scholarship amount is 15.343,28 Euros.

All PhD students are required to pay a fee of 1.000 Euros annually.

To apply for admission to the doctoral program the prospective candidate must go through the following procedure:

  • register online
  • fill in the application form (fillable pdf form)
  • pay the admissions fee of 50 Euros via bank wire transfer
  • upload the documents in pdf format following the Admission Application


  • Before proceeding with the online application process, please read through the Admission Application
  • 22/06/2018 – Articles 2 and 3 of the admission application for the PhD Program in Ecogastronomy, Education and Society have been modified, with some clarifications in regards to the admissions requirements and the documentation to be submitted
  • The attachments referenced in the Admission Application for the PhD Program in Ecogastronomy, Education and Society can be found in the application procedure on the Esse3 portal.
  • Furthermore, candidates who are citizens from low-income countries (according to the World Bank list) are not required to pay the 50€ admission fee as indicated in art. 3 of the announcement.

DR 213 Admission Application PhD Program Ecogastronomy Education Society

Regulations for the Doctorate Program in Ecogastronomy, Education and Society

Evaluation Criteria

Rector’s Decree for the nomination of the Doctoral Admissions Committee

First phase Doctoral Admissions

Second phase Doctoral Admissions

Phase II – Written exam and academic and aptitude interview schedule

Phase II – Interview evaluation and compilation of final ranking