The European protected areas approach to organizing ecotourism

Federico Niccolini

University of Pisa

Federico Niccolini is Associate Professor of Organizational Science at the University of Pisa (Italy). He has been Professor of Organizational Theory and Behavior at the University of Macerata from 2011 to 2015 and researcher from 2005 to 2010. His research interests are focused on protected areas management and organization, organizational dynamics related to sustainable development and sustainable tourism, organizational vision, learning and culture. He has been visiting scholar or professor at Universities in United States, including Stanford, Albany, Paul Smith College of the Adirondacks. Since 2007, he has been affiliated with the Department of Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism at the Colorado State University (USA). Niccolini coordinated several national and international (including EU funded) projects and working groups, particularly regarding protected areas management and socio-economical sustainable development plans. He also worked for numerous Italian protected areas such as Abruzzo National Park; Migliarino - San Rossore - Massaciuccoli – Regional Park; Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area and Asinara National Park. He also worked for the US National Park Service (2001-2005). Since 1999, Niccolini is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the US Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


As in other economic sectors, in that of tourism, too, today’s growing environmental and social challenges require strategic and organizational answers by operators, in order to introduce a more sustainable and socially... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Federico Niccolini (University of Pisa)
  2. Iacopo Cavallini (University of Pisa)
  3. Marco Giannini (University of Pisa)
  4. Alessandra Bonelli (University of Pisa)

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OS-A3 » Eco-Tourism in Coastal Territories Part I: Eco-Tourism as a new emerging product (09:00 - Monday, 3rd October, Nettuno Room, Santa Chiara Complex)

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