Specific topics of the seminar are:

  • Cultural changes and food consumption. The topic discusses how the changes in society’s beliefs and customs affect the way consumers purchase and consume food and non-food agricultural products. The objective of the track is to identify emerging trends, business opportunities and marketing issues. Sub topics concern (but are not limited to):

    • The relation between culture and consumption, including the role of migration and cultural mixes, and the impact on changing consumption patters

    • The role of cultural influencers in food consumption of the media society

    • Culture, social networks, local food networks: implications for preferences and marketing

    • Relationship between cultures and valorisation of food and wine

    • Cultural issues in the acceptance of radical food innovations

  • Local culture, global culture and rural/sustainable development. This topic concerns the role of local culture (including informal knowledge etc.) in shaping the trajectories of rural and sustainable development. Sub topics concern (but are not limited to)

    • Multiple roles, meanings and connections between agricultural businesses, rural economies and culture, including multifunctionality and diversification issues

    • Cultural issues in the transition towards sustainability and circular economy

    • Agri-food culture, territory and rural development

    • The socio-economic and cultural role of traditional crops

    • Culture and ecosystems services: perception, production, assessment, valorisation and contribution to competitiveness

    • Role of culture in climate change adaptation/mitigation and resilience of rural economies

    • Connection between agri-food culture, territory and the development of rural economies

  • Food quality and culture. This topic tackles the strong links between consumers’ culture and food quality. As food quality moved from a pure organoleptic dimension toward a consumer-centered approach, food culture emerged as a key issue. Consumers’ evaluation of quality is filtered by the lens of their systems of belief and their perceptions (of self and the world). Sub topics concern (but are not limited to):

    • Relationship between cultures and food and wine, including how to valorise food and wine through cultural initiatives

    • Consumers’ ethical values (responsibility, solidarity etc.) and food quality

    • Asymmetric information and certification of cultural attributes.

  • Cultural issues in the organization of agri-food global value chains. This topic investigates the impact of cultural issues on business organization with a special focus on cultural heterogeneity in global value chains. Sub topics concern (but are not limited to):

    • The relation between cultures, education, entrepreneurship and new labour markets

    • Cultural issues and hybrid organizations

    • Cultural issues and contract design. (can contracts shape business culture?)

  • Culture and innovation. Culture has a major role in innovation acceptance and exploitation of new opportunities by farmers, food companies and food systems as a whole. Sub topics concern (but are not limited to):

    • Relationship between culture and innovation in AKISs

    • Economics of digitalisation of food systems and its connection to culture

    • Cultural aspects of Bioeconomy development and its connection with management of food-non-food nexus

  • Culture and agricultural policy. Agricultural policy is deeply affected by society’s culture, vision and values. This topic explore this link. Sub topics concern (but are not limited to):

    • New policy objectives reflecting cultural changes in society

    • Culture, nudge and the role of policies in the coordination in agriculture and food markets

    • Linkages between cultural issues and performance of certification (of geographic and others)

  • Culture and values. The concept of value is strictly linked to culture. Indeed, culture deeply impacts on the system of values and on their evaluation. This topic analyses this connection. Sub topics concern (but are not limited to):

    • Cultural systems and the evaluation of market goods

    • Cultural systems and the evaluation of non-market goods

    • The culture and knowledge in the evaluation processes