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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.

Office hours
Tuesday from 17:00 to 18:00 Sala contrattisti / Ufficio della Prof.ssa Righettini (Via del Santo, 28, Padova) [Una volta concluse le lezioni il ricevimento sarà su appuntamento] Agli studenti è richiesto di prenotare il ricevimento una settimana prima via mail (lucasimone.rizzo@unipd.it) indicando l'oggetto della discussione.
(updated on 16/04/2019 11:05)

Curriculum Vitae
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); ); in addition, to deepen his understanding of issues strongly related to the work carried out as a consultant and trainer on the topic of destination building/management-territorial marketing and cultural tourism in the urban-rural interface, Dr. Rizzo obtained in February 2019 a Master in “The arts and culture: strategies for marketing, communication and fundraising” (Business School24 – Il Sole 24 Ore, Milan, IT).

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 and seminars on: "Economic and Political Geography", "Human Geography", "Urban Geography", "Landscape Geography", "Tourism Geography", "Territorial Marketing", "Environmental Policy", “Common Agricultural Policy and Rural Development”, “Local Economic development”, “Analysis of Urban and Territorial Systems”, and “Economic Sociology”).

Dr. RIZZO has more than 120 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 more than 60 conferences, national and (mostly) 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) GIS-based territorial analysis and of a quali-quantitative nature, geared towards creating strategies / programming for regional and local development in rural and tourism/driven environments, in particular with regard to cultural landscape/heritage valorisation and territorial marketing; b) design and management of EU-financed projects; c) professional training on the policies, programmes of the EU and its associated financing.

Research areas
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. My aim was also to analyse the conditions under which SMEs effectively contribute to the competitiveness and dynamic efficiency of the economic environment in which they are embedded].

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 now concentrate in particular on two lines of work: a) reflections on: the evolution of tourist districts; governance mechanisms of community-type destinations; the technical and economic restructuring of the associated supply chains; b) tourist itineraries as engines for local development, in marginal and rural areas. In view of the complex territorial and socio-economic fabric of the areas I have studied, my work has also sought to evaluate the relationship between tourist routes, heritage and land use (often problematic and sometimes causing significant changes in the landscape and its – potential – fruition)].

A selection:
• Rizzo R.G., RIZZO L.S., “Il Bacino Termale Euganeo e il Parco dei Colli Euganei: cura e divertimento versus natura, nuova ruralità e cultura”, Geotema, under evalutaion, forthcoming.
• Garrido-Pérez E.I., Sidali K.L,. RIZZO L.S., Andrade Alcivar L.D. (2018), “Natural and Cultural Capitals: Insighs from ecology and social sciences as guides for decision making”, in M.L. Paracchini, P.C. Zingari (eds), Re-connecting Natural and Cultural Capital. Contributions from science and policy, EU (EC-JRC), Publications Office of the EU, Brussels, pp. 195-203, ISBN 978-92-79-59949-1.
• RIZZO L.S., Rizzo R.G., Smerghetto F., Giuseppina M.L. (2017), "Sprawl dynamics in rural-urban territories highly suited for wine production. Mapping urban growth and changing territorial shapes in North East Italy", Sustainability, 2017, 9(1), 116, pp. 1-20.
• RIZZO L.S., Rizzo R.G., Smerghetto F. (2015), “Land-use and Landscape Changes: A Methodological Proposal for the Creation of Sustainable Cultural Tourism Itineraries”, in M. Luc, U. Somorowska, J.B. Szmańda (Eds.), Landscape Analysis and Planning, Springer, London-Heidelberg, ISBN 978-3-319-13526-7, pp. 21-44.
• RIZZO L.S. (2015), “Exploring multifunctional agriculture in the Veneto. A focus on broadening processes”, SEMESTRALE DI STUDI E RICERCHE DI GEOGRAFIA, 1, pp. 93-104; ISSN: 1125-5218.
• RIZZO L.S. (2014), “Social and economic inequalities in the Europe Union: a threat to inclusion and development. Contemporary ‘geographies’ and prospects”, in MG. Lucia e L.S. Rizzo (eds), A New Geographical Approach to the European Financial Crisis, Aracne Editrice, Roma, pp. 265-293.
• RIZZO L.S., Rizzo R.G., Tizzani P. (2014), “The impact of anthropogenic land use changes on the ecological quality of (selected) territories in Northern Italy”, in Bičík I., Himiyama Y., Ferenac J., and Kupcova L. (eds), Land use – Land Cover changes in Selected Regions in the World, Atlas, vol. IX, IGU Commission: “LUCC”, Charles Univ. in Prague, Inst. of Geography, Hokkaido Univ. of Education, Asahikawa, Japan, pp. 19-32.
• RIZZO L.S. (2013), “Politiche territoriali UE, sviluppo (partecipato) e cooperazione. Percorsi, orientamenti e prospettive”, Economia e Soc. Reg., XXXI (1), p. 131-149, ISSN 1827-2479, ISSNe 2038-6745.
• RIZZO L.S., Trono A. (2012), “Religious-based routes: a methodology for studying through digital cartography their capacity to foster richer forms of sustainable tourism”. In: A. Trono (ed.) Sustainable Religious Tourism. Commandments, Obstacles & Challenges, pp. 419-449, San Cesario di Lecce: Ed. Esperidi, ISBN: 978-88-97895-01-5.
• RIZZO L.S., Rizzo R.G., Sambugaro G., Tizzani P. (2012), “Gestione di un territorio ad alto rischio idrogeologico e riflessi su conservazione e fruizione dell'heritage in esso dislocato”, Boll. dell’Assoc. It. di Cartografia, nr. 144-145-146, pp. 245-258, ISSN: 0044-9733.
• RIZZO L.S. (2009), “Wine cooperatives in the East of the Verona Province. Company consolidation and networking: an update”, In: R. Fanfani and E. Ricci-Maccarini (edited by), The Role of cooperatives in the European Agro-Food System, Bononia University Press, pp. 281-302, ISBN: 88-7395-506-1.
• Di Maria E., RIZZO L.S. (2005), “E-Democracy: the Participation of Citizens and New Forms of the Decision-Making Process”. In: S. Micelli, E. Di Maria (eds.), On line Citizenship. Emerging Technologies for European Cities, Springer, pp. 71-106, ISBN: 0-387-23474-8.

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
IA1870 002VR SUP3050868 9 4th Year (2019/20) Second