Personale docente

Luca Simone Rizzo


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Master’s degree in Economics (2000 - Univ. of Verona, Italy); MBA (2001 - CUOA Business School); Master in Science in Local Economic Development (2004 - London School of Economics and Political Science, Univ. of London, UK); Ph.D. in Network Economy and Knowledge Management (2006 – Ca´ Foscari Univ. of Venice and IUAV Univ. of Venice, Italy); Master’s degree in GIS and Territorial Planning (2011 – Roma Tre Univ., Italy).

Since 2003 Luca Simone RIZZO has collaborated (either as a research fellow or a contracted researcher) with Italian/foreign universities and research centres carrying out research in the following areas: Economic Geography and Environmental Geography, Cultural/Tourism Geography, Rural Development. Since 2004, he has been the responsible lecturer for university courses and seminars at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate – also PhD – level (courses on: "Environmental Policy", “Common Agricultural Policy and Rural Development”, “Local Economic development”, “Analysis of Urban and Territorial Systems”, “Urban and Territorial Governance”, “Economic and Political Geography”, "Landscape Geography", “Tourism Geography” and “Economic Sociology”).

Dr. RIZZO has more than 100 publications to his name (both as a single author and in co-authorship), including book chapters, articles in journals, papers in proceedings of international and national conferences, working papers, policy papers, memos, notes, reviews, and posters. Among these are 10 publications of didactic material. He has been a speaker – also invited – at 55 conferences, national and international, during which he also chaired sessions.

In February 2014 Dr. RIZZO was awarded in Italy the National Scientific Qualification ("ABILITAZIONE SCIENTIFICA NAZIONALE") as Associate Professor in Geography.

Dr. RIZZO, in addition, worked as a Policy Officer/Seconded national expert at DG Research and Technological Development (European Commission), under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities Programme (2007-2010). He has collaborated with the EC as a scientific external expert/reviewer (2010-2011) on issues related to territorial and sustainable development, regional policies, entrepreneurship and socio-economic inequalities.
Since April 2001 he has also collaborated with public/private entities – italian and foreign - carrying out consultancy work for regional and local authorities, development agencies, universities and businesses. Areas: a) territorial analysis (qualitative in nature and GIS-based); b) EU project design/management; c) professional training on EU policies, grants and loans, proposal writing and project design/management.

My work has focused mostly on the following areas: a) Economic Geography; b)Tourism Geography; c) Environmental Geography; d) Territorial planning/management and governance mechanisms (also reflecting on the territorial dimension of EU policies - PAC and Cohesion Policy, in particular).
In the last few years, my interests have mostly revolved around the challenges posed to regional/territorial development by the evolution of agricultural supply chains and by land-use dynamics linked to major agricultural, infrastructural, residential, touristic, commercial and manufacturing developments. I have carried out work exploring interrelated dimensions, sectorial localised effects and the spatiality produced. Reflections have followed linked to discourses on sustainability, creativity, territorial "smartness" and emergent behaviours (of firms or else public institutions), and of practical application of GIS.

The main lines of research I am now focussing on are currently the following ones:

1. local / rural development [I studied the evolution of value chains and of industrial districts (e.g. agro-industrial value chains), SME dynamics, the geography of their commercial / productive networks, local territorial implications].

2. land-use/land-cover change and its environmental consequences, in particular landscape-wise and in rural-urban territories (including those at high hydrogeological risk)

NB: in late 2014 - carrying out cross-regional case study research – I launched a line of work strictly linked to area 1. I focussed on Northern Italy. There one can observe large scale changes in the structure of land use: the intense building activity is, indeed, in danger of preventing the areas under study, highly suited for wine production, from maintaining a sufficient "consistency" also to be able to develop in a more varied and articulate manner (for instance touristic). I investigated how scattered and geographically interconnected the (new) artificialisation is and how/if it impacts on viticultural landscapes. My research - evaluating the degree of loss of landscape integrity due to the anthropogenic stress - could also feed into more evidence-based territorial policies aiming to direct future transformations and preserve/promote viticultural territories].

3. cultural tourism and territorial valorisation, also in areas affected by natural / anthropogenic geohazards (hydrological, for example) [I focus in particular on tourist itineraries as engines for local development, in marginal and rural areas. Considering the complex territorial and socio-economic fabric of the (rural-urban) areas that I study, my work also aimed to assess the relationship between tourist routes and land use (often problematic and sometimes causing significant changes in the landscape and its – potential – fruition)].

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International working groups/commissions of the International Geographical Union to whom Luca Simone RIZZO belongs.

Below a short list:

• From January 2015: Member of the IGU Commission (C12.35) on Sustainability of Rural Systems
• December 2012-2020: Member of the IGU Commission STEERING COMMITTEE (C12.26) on Land Use and Land Cover Change;
• From August 2012: Member of the IGU Commission (C12.15) on the Geography of Tourism and Leisure and Global Change.