The mission of the Chair is to foster research in the frame of Center for Research and Innovation in Tourism (CRIT, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kashif Hussain), Cluster for Research Initiative in Food, Nutrition and Public Health (CRI- FNPH, Emeritus Prof. Dr. Ismail Noor) and “Santal” axis (Santé Alimentation) of CERTOP UMR-CNRS 5044.
Prof. Dr. Jean Pierre Poulain
Taylor’s-Toulouse University Centre, Malaysia & University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France
Prof. Jean-Pierre Poulain holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Paris VII, France. He has a long and established academic career together with international cooperation in different parts of the world, in the specialised field of food studies and hospitality education. Besides, he is a Full Professor, Dean of Department and Research Team Leader at University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France. He also holds the position of “Chair Food Studies: Food, Cultures & Health" at Taylor’s Toulouse University Centre (TTUC), Taylor’s University, Malaysia.
Prof. Poulain has published over 180 articles, books and book chapters, and has led several book series on food heritage. He has led the publication of the “Dictionnaire des cultures alimentaires”, a book involving more than 160 authors from different countries across the globe. He has been a keynote to several international conferences and scientific events sharing his life-time research experience in the areas of food studies, sociology of obesity and food heritage.
In 2010, Taylor’s University (Malaysia) and University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès (France) have set up a centre called: “Taylor’s Toulouse University Center” (TTUC);
The centre is co-presided by the two chancellors of respective universities and by a board of 14 members (7 members for each institution including representative of CERTOP UMR - CNRS 5044). The board meets once in a year alternatively in Kuala Lumpur and in Toulouse.
The management of TTUC is entrusted to the deans of School of Hospitality Management, Tourism & Culinary Arts (TCHT) and Toulouse School of Tourism, Hospitality management and Food Studies (ISTHIA).
In the last five years, as Taylor’s University has put research activities high up on its agenda, a great emphasis has been laid on research in TTUC.
In 2012, the creation of a chair position titled: “Chair Food Studies: Food, Cultures and Health” was proposed by TTUC Board and validated by the decision bodies of the two universities.
The chair develops the following programs:
The chair organizes international seminars:
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