The different lines of research, which refer to the topics of study and analysis indicated, are all based on the general theme of sustainable local development understood in its meaning as a territorial system, a strategic element in territorial policies on a regional and international scale.
On the basis of the industrial district and territorial system, the concept is also repeated in the tourist and cultural space to verify those processes of integration of the economic, social and political systems of the territory on the basis of the UNESCO heritage with particular case study of the SENEGAL. The itinerary is interpreted as a cultural instrument of recomposition to support processes of social, political and above all intercultural integration in international policies (UNESCO, Council of Europe) based on theories, models and concrete projects. The research is currently also oriented towards cultural tourism (Via Francigena, Romea Strata, historical streets, such as the APPIA and the European Silk Road) and spiritual-religious in particular, the most sustainable phenomenon on UNESCO and ICOMOS indications together with training projects (summer schools and high courses) aimed at designing cultural itineraries and craft innovation.
The project dedicated to the patrimony of the European Universities is the latest project that focuses on the attention of the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, the Catholic University of Louvain, the University of Paris1 - Panthéon- Sorbonne, the Complutense University of Madrid, and the Jagellonia University of Krakow, the common museum and collection heritage that has been formed over the centuries. The aim is to enhance the responsabilities, potentials, and the tourism resources for the university communities (the academic staff together with external visitors, local, national and international) in terms of local and urban development and tourism.
The identification of spatial models of sustainable development able to be applied to the territory or to support territorial policies represent the basic objective of all research.