Assistant Professor of APPLIED ECONOMICS [ECON-04/A ]


University of Catania - Ph.D. Agricultural Economics (2000)

University of Catania - University degree in Economics (1995)



Lecturer at University of Catania (Italy) (2008 still now)

Lecturer at University of Reggio Calabria (Italy) (2004 to 2008)


Visiting Appointments

Visiting Ph.D student at the Department of Economics and Management (1998), Wageningen Agricultural University, Holland

Visiting professor presso l'Università “Ismail Qemali” of Vlora (Albania)

Visiting Research Fellow presso l'Università di Winchester (UK)



Teaching experience gained during the PhD course

- University of Catania, Italy (from 1999 to 2000)

Faculty of Economics

Agricultural policy and public policies for the promotion of agricultural products; Agricultural policy and agricultural marketing; Community agricultural policy; Agricultural Economics and Politics II


Teaching experience as Lecturer

- University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria, Italy (from 2004 to 2008)

Faculty of Agriculture: Agricultural Planning (50 hours), Marketing of agricultural products (4 CFU), Theory and models of food consumption (4 CFU), Agriculture and Economic Development (4 CFU) and Institutions of Agricultural Economics (4 CFU);

Faculty of Law: Agricultural Economics and Policy (5 CFU), Agri-Industrial Economics (5 CFU).

- University of Catania, Italy (from 2008 still now):

2008-2009 and 2009-2010: Economics of Agricultural Markets (6 CFU)

2008-2009 and 2010-2011: Economics and Business Management 1 (6 CFU)

2009-2010 and  2010-2011: General and Applied Economics (8 CFU)

2011-2012 and 2012-2013: Economics geography of tourism (6 CFU)

2013-2014: Economics of tourism businesses (8 CFU)

2014 still now: Tourism Economics (8 CFU)

- University of Bucharest (RO) (Erasmus mobility)

2018: Tourism economics


Teaching experience in master courses

2011: "Economics of Education" (40 hours), National University Master’s degree for the Management of School Institutes (MUNDIS) – CRUI (Conference of Italian University Rectors), University of Catania.

2012 and 2013: "Economic development” (10 hours), Master's Degree in "Job Placement Expert ", University of Catania.

2013 and 2014: “Tourism economy”, “Cultural tourism”, “Culture, tourism and district economies” in master’s degree in "Cultural tourism" Edoardo Garrone Foundation and University of Catania, 

2017: “Regional marketing” in the Master in "Public Management of Local Development", University of Catania


Invited Seminars

2017: University of Winchester (UK), Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) seminar series

2018: Congreso Internacional Patios de Córdoba, patrimonio cultural, ciudad y turismo sostenible”, Córdoba (Spain), 14 - 16 novembre 2018.


Refereeing Activity

- Reviewer for ""Agriregionieuropa" Journal; Rivista di Sostenibilità; American Journal of Economics; Journal Economics of Agriculture; Italian Journal of Applied Statistics; Rivista Internazionale Interdisciplinare Online Agribusiness Paesaggio & Ambiente (AP&A); British Journal of Economics, Management & Trade; Current Issue in Tourism; Sustainability; Urban Science (MDPI)  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Springer); L'Industria.

- Scientific Comittee for the international conference "International Advanced Workshop on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Agro-production and Environment (AWICTSAE 2008)"

- Scientific Comittee for “Congreso Internacional Patios de Córdoba, patrimonio cultural, ciudad y turismo sostenible”, Córdoba (Spain), 14 - 16 novembre 2018.

- Reviewer for the Italian Government (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) for the evaluation of some PRIN project (Research project of relevant national interest)

- Advisory Board of “American Journal of Economics”; “Western Balkan Journal of Agricultural Economics And Rural Development”; “Romanian Journal of Regional Science”; International Journal of Island Research


PhD Examining

Some of the examining carried out: Universities of Reggio Calabria (Italy), “Agricultural economics”. University of Catania (Italy) “Local development”.



AISRE (Italian Association of regional Science)

SISTUR (Italian Association of Tourism Science)

RSA (Regional Science Association)


Last update,27/01/2021

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Academic Year 2021/2022

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Academic Year 2016/2017

Academic Year 2015/2016

Research projects (last five years)

- 2017: Progetto FIRD 2017 (Università di Catania): L’intenzione all’impresa tra capitale psicologico e contesto socio-economico

- 2018 progetto “CORtesanías. El sector artesanal en la provincia de Córdoba: patrimonio cultural, desarrollo socioeconómico y gobernanza democrática”, dell'Università di Cordoba - programma operativo FESR Andalusia 2014-2018.

- 2019: Responsabile scientifico del progetto AGROECOINN (Evaluation of agro-ecological development potential through transnational cooperation and entrepreneurial innovation Project No: 2019-1-RO01-KA203-063939)

- 2019: Coordinatore (P.I.) progetto di ricerca intradipartimentale “Complex system and recovery dynamics in crisis management for organizations, socio-economic systems and people” Università degli studi di Catania

Last update: 27 gennaio 2021

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