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Cultural Heritage, Innovation, Inclusion, Inner Areas, Sustainability



The project intends to contribute to the identification and diffusion of development models of marginal territories, centered on culture, as a vehicle for the production of economy and the fight against social inequalities. More specifically, the objective of the project is the identification of inclusive and innovative measures, tools and institutions for the enhancement of the cultural heritage of the internal areas, able to guarantee a more efficient management of the cultural heritage and a sustainable development of the inner areas. The research group intends to specifically analyze the following issues: a) innovative tools for the enhancement of cultural heritage (and in this case regeneration and reuse); b) cultural heritage, tourism and sustainable development of inner areas; c) disaster risk policies applied to cultural heritage; d) identification and management of tourist-cultural itineraries.
These are issues that involve a plurality of scientific sectors (in different disciplinary areas: legal, economic and humanities), all indispensable for an adequate achievement of the specific objectives of the project. For this reason, the research group has a highly interdisciplinary composition and brings together researchers from various universities (Italian and foreign) and research centers, who have already gained significant experiences about this research topic. In many cases the members of the group have also directed and coordinated projects in the field national and European on the themes of the project. All the members of the research group share an approach and a working method with respect to the proposed theme. In addition to the professors of various Italian universities, important public and private partners have already expressed their willingness to join the project. Among the first are the Aria Center for the internal areas of the University of Molise ( ) and the Gran Sasso Science Institute ( ). Both partners have gained significant experience on the theme of the development of inner areas, both in terms of scientific research and in the context of national and European planning. It is useful to note that both Centers operate in territories with respect to which the question of inland areas is central. For this reason, in addition to the scientific and planning of subsequent and further project proposals, the involvement of researchers who belong to the indicated Research Centers is also essential with respect to one of the main outcomes of the project, namely the identification and sharing of best practices that can be extended to other territories (eg the Marche region), and more generally for the shared definition of alternative and innovative tools and models for the enhancement of cultural heritage. Among the private partners who have already joined the project: Futuridea ( ) , Melting pro ( ). The partners already involved (public and private) therefore have specific skills on the subject, also useful for contributing to a more precise definition of the research lines and the identification of regulatory and application solutions to the issues that emerged in the experiments already underway, according to a problem-driven.
Compared to the state of knowledge on the issue of enhancing the cultural heritage of inland areas, the achievement of the specific objectives indicated would allow for significant improvements with respect to the following aspects: a) having a clearer institutional and legal framework, with regard to some specific profiles indicated in detail below; b) have accessible research results to recover the historical memory of a place ; c) have maps that identify cultural assets at risk and natural hazards. The implementation of the project, therefore, aims to establish a research network that brings together university professors (and research centers) with the public-private partnership, able to share and strengthen their respective skills, also in view of participation in subsequent calls in national and European context on the topics indicated. Through the definition of inclusive cultural heritage enhancement models capable of activating effective forms of involvement of the local communities of reference, the project therefore aims to improve the social and economic well-being of communities in fragile territories, reducing territorial and social inequalities. The final results of the research will be published in an open access volume and disseminated in a conference organized at the University of Macerata.


Progetto completo (EN)

Principal Investigator: Carmen Vitale

Durata: giugno 2023-giugno 2024