Her main research topics are the analysis of tourism territorial
development dynamics, connected to the supply system integration,
through cultural routes and itineraries in the Mediterranean area
and in developing countries. The research aims to define a set of
significant indicators for the evaluation of sustainable tourism
projects in the cultural field, underlining the role of culture in
limiting the seasonality effects.
The main research fields of the last four years have been
culture and cultural projects for local development, with a deep
focus on promotion and cultural tourism related strategies.
The role of World Heritage Sites and their management plans
for the development of the local economy has been also studied,
using a typical economic geography approach.
Current research is voted to the definition of significant
indicators for the monitoring phase of cultural tourism projects
and the evaluation of their sustainability.
The field research will focus on the definition of monitoring
tools concerning the management strategies of WHS and of cultural
routes, considered as resources for local development. The analysis
will take into consideration best practices and pathologies in
divverent local systems (weak and strong ones) comparing the
implementation of different policies and/or partnership in order to
acheive better results in terms of economic and social
After having analized the most common methodologies used in WHS
management and in cultural routes development in Italy, the
research will be extended also in other Mediterranean Countries.
These sites and destinations attract consistent tourism flows and
are therefore the favourite choice for pilot projects related to