Nicola Piras
Full Researcher
Centre for Ethics, Politics, and Society 

(University of Minho, Portugal)


I'm a full researcher (investigador integrado) at the Centre for Ethics, Politics, and Society (CEPS) of the University of Minho, where I run a project funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) on the conceptual and normative dimensions of food waste. Additionally, I am a coordinator at Culinary Mind, an international center for the philosophy of food, and an associate editor of the journal Ethics, Politics, & Society

Before joining the CEPS, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Milan and an adjunct professor in the joint program ‘Philosophy, Politics, and Public Affairs (PPPA)’ of the University of Milan (Italy) and Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (Italy). I received my Ph.D. in environmental sciences and philosophy of science from the University of Sassari (Italy). Along the way, I spent a visiting period at Columbia University (USA). I graduated from the University of Pavia (Italy) and was an Erasmus student at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (Germany).

I'm a philosopher exploring the interplay between food, cultures, and the environment. I delve into the conceptual, ontological, and normative dimensions surrounding food production, consumption, and waste, along with their profound impact on the world and societies at large. You can download my CV here.

I love traveling and living in big cities, but I spend a lot of time in Sardinia (I’m an islander; I cannot stay too long away from the sea!). 

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