Elisabetta Moro

BIO of Elisabetta Moro PhD


Elisabetta Moro PhD is Full Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Naples (Italy) Suor Orsola Benincasa. Since 2010 she’s studying the anthropological and historical heritage of the Mediterranean Diet, confirmed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Her book La dieta mediterranea. Mito e storia di uno stile di vita (Il Mulino, 2014) and her essay The Mediterranean Diet from Ancel Keys to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage. A Pattern of Sustainable Development between Myth and Reality (Elsevier, 2016) have brought the genealogy of the Mediterranean Diet to the attention of researchers, scholars and media. She is also author, with Marino Niola, of the book I luoghi della dieta mediterranea (Il Mulino, 2017) Discover Italy’s Mediterranean Diet Sites.


Moro is co-director of the MedEatResearch (Center of Social Research on the Mediterranean Diet) of the University of Naples S.O.B. She is member of the scientific board of  F.I.C.O. Foundation for Food Education and Sustainability in Bologna, and European Coordinator of the Research Program ALIMECS – “L’alimentation à l’école entre médiations, éducation et circulation des savoirs : regards interdisciplinaires sur les discours et les pratiques alimentaires dans les écoles primaires de Lille, Bruxelles et Naples ».


Moro is columnist at the Swiss Magazine ‘Il Caffè’ and at the Italian newspaper ‘Il Mattino’.

Her video interviews with the researchers of the Seven Countries Study and the pioneers of the Mediterranean Diet (Blackburn, Menotti, Stamler, Kromhout, Ferro-Luzzi, Trichopoulou…), published on the site Granaries of Memory, received the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2017.

She is World Ambassador of the Mediterranean Diet for the Italian UNESCO community of Pollica-Cilento, and member of the Honor Council of the Italian Ministry of Culture for the “2018 Year of the Italian Gastronomic Culture”.