About Food Studies
To coincide with Tucson’s designation as the newest UNESCO City of Gastronomy, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Southwest Center have established the University of Arizona Center for Regional Food Studies.
The new center will play an essential role in helping the City of Tucson carry out the educational and outreach commitments connected with being a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. The Center will coordinate applied research involving faculty and students in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Science, and the Eller College of Management.
Research topics will include the W.K. Kellogg Applied Research in Borderland Food and Water Security efforts to evaluate the best means for providing new green jobs in the food and farm sectors of the economy. Other projects include addressing pollinator scarcity, food systems innovation, studying nutritional status in borderland states, and other existing and emerging topics.
Gary Paul Nabhan