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RESEARCH INITIATIVES

MISSION

      • Share knowledge about food, politics and hunger topics and create research projects that give an added value to the academic programs of students.olive-oil-excursion
      • Give visibility to food movements and food topics by providing and promoting ideas
      • Create concrete actions in reference to the Italian territory by involving all universities (Italian and International) to work together to follow the directives of Universities Fighting World Hunger by creating new research goals and a plan towards concrete outcomes.
      • Allow students to become major players in important research projects.
      • Increase the level of awareness of international students on the topic of food in Italy and therefore, help them to integrate with the territory (through food and conviviality tied to food)
      • Give students resources and opportunities to study culture and politics of food in Italy
      • Create research projects and new academic programs that involve excellent examples and best practices in this field and allow students to have unique and educational experiences

Seventh International Conference on Food Studies successfully concluded!

The Seventh International Conference on Food Studies was hosted by Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies and Roma Tre University on October 26 and 27, 2017 in Rome, Italy. The two days included paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia. 225+ delegates from all over the world attended and over 33 countries were represented. Founded in 2011, the International Conference on Food Studies provides a forum for research and practice-based discussions, in a time of growing public and research awareness of the relations among diet, health, and social well-being. The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of: agricultural, environmental, nutritional, social, economic, and cultural perspectives on food. Download the final program at the conference website here.

CURRENT AND PAST RESEARCH

Gustolab International has designed and managed several research projects with the involvement of students, scholars and professors. pordenone-n

Below is a few of the research topics:
“INTERCULTURAL HORIZONS – BEST PRACTICES IN INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE DEVELOPMENT”
Alessandra Ciattaglia and Flavia Franco, collaborated as part of an internship project in this project
PARTNER: ROMA TRE  University and The International Center for Intercultural Exchange
FINAL RESULT:  BEST PRACTICES IN INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE DEVELOPMENT

“Mediterranean Diet”
In this project, Dr. Michael Green participated as the main researcher.
PARTNER: ROMA TRE University

“Social Media and Food-Related Information: What are People Consuming?”
In this project, Dr. Elena T. Carbone and Catherine Wickham participated as the main researchers.

“Botteghe Storiche: A Study of the Disappearance of Historic Food Shops and Its Role in (p. 153) the Transformation of Rome’s Urban Social Life in the book Urban Foodways and Communication Ethnographic Studies in Intangible Cultural Food Heritages Around the World”
In this project, Dr. Elena T. Carbone partipicated as a visiting researcher
PARTNER: ASSOCIAZIONE BOTTEGHE STORICHE ROMA
FINAL RESULT: Botteghe Storiche: A Study of the Disappearance of Historic Food Shops and Its Role in (p. 153) the Transformation of Rome’s Urban Social Life in the book Urban Foodways and Communication Ethnographic Studies in Intangible Cultural Food Heritages Around the World

“Language of Food and Linguistic Identity”
In this project, Professor Luca Trazzi: participated as an auditor and a visiting researcher.
PARTNER: Scuola Leonardo da Vinci

“Food Waste in Italy”
In this project, Professor Leda Cooks participated as researcher.

“Food and Art”
More than 20 authors contributed in this project.  The idea for the project came from an observation that art and science do not often communicate with each other and by asking the questions: Can art be a means to create a unique type of communication addressed to different audiences? Can art, in the hands of scientists become an instrument of disclosure and information? Can art help mankind to understand how to undertake sustainable diets?  From this: an international call entitled ‘Food&Art’ was launched in July 2014 where we asked experts in Food Studies, gastronomy, chemists, economists, dietitians, professors, students and activists (and more) to write contributions based on images where food is the protagonist. The call ended in January 2015. After a selection of the contributions, Gustolab International worked with the editor to translate the work in Italian. Additionally, the book contains a chapter by Dr. Sonia Massari and Carlo Alberto Pratesi entitled ‘Cibo e Città: Creatività e retro-innovazione’.
FINAL RESULT: “L’arte racconta il cibo che mangeremo” within the book, ‘Alimentazione, la sfida del nuovo millennio’ (Nutrition: The challenge of the new millennium). 

If you are interested in creating a research project for yourself, your institution or your students, or in collaborating with us in any way, please contact us at info@gustolab.com
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