Federico Niccolini

  • Associate ProfessorDepartment of Political Sciences

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. He teaches in undergraduate, Master and Ph.D. courses. He is a member of the teaching staff of the PhD in Economics and Management of the University of Pisa. His research interests are focused on protected areas management and organization, organizational dynamics related to sustainable development and sustainable tourism, organizational vision, knowledge management and organizational culture. In these topics he is author / co-author of many journal publications (including several with impact factor) and of numerous books or book chapters.

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 Departments of Human Dimension of Wildlife and of Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism at the Colorado State University (USA). Niccolini coordinated several national and some international (including EU funded) projects and working groups, particularly regarding protected areas management and socio-economical sustainable development plans. He has been responsible for the international relations with foreign universities and for the Erasmus Program at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Macerata from 2010 to 2015. He managed research and operational projects for numerous Italian protected areas such as Circeo National Park (2016), Abruzzo National Park (1996-2002), Migliarino – San Rossore – Massaciuccoli – Regional Park (1998-2001 and 2022), Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area (2005-2019), Porto Venere Regional Park (2020) and Asinara National Park (2007).

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 focused on Protected Areas and Environmental Management.

Some recent publications

Azara I. – Clarke A. – Michopoulou E. – Niccolini F. – Taff D. (2022) (Edt.), Tourism, health, well-being and protected areas. Chinese Edition, Huazhong University of Science and Technology Press (China), 9787568078344

Di Franco A., Hogg K., Calò A., Bennett N.J., Sévin-Allouet M., Esparza Alaminos O., Lang M., Koutsoubas D., Prvan M., Santarossa L., Niccolini F., Milazzo M., Guidetti P. (2020), Improving marine protected area governance through collaboration and co-production, Journal of Environmental Mmanagement, In press

Bennett, N. J., Calò, A., Di Franco, A., Niccolini, F., Marzo, D., Domina, I., Dimitriadis, C., Sobrado, F., Santoni, M.-C., Charbonnel, E., Trujillo, M., Garcia-Charton, J., Seddiki, L., Cappanera, V., Grbin, J., Kastelic, L., Milazzo, M., & Guidetti, P. (2020). Social equity and marine protected areas: Perceptions of small-scale fishermen in the Mediterranean Sea. Biological Conservation, 244, 108531. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108531

Scianna, C., Niccolini, F. et al. (2019). Organization science improves management effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas. Journal of Environmental Management, 240, 285-292. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.03.052

Bennett, N. J., Di Franco, A., Calò, A., Nethery, E., Niccolini, F., Milazzo, M., & Guidetti, P. (2019). Local support for conservation is associated with perceptions of good governance, social impacts, and ecological effectiveness. Conservation Letters, e12640. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12640

Niccolini F., Marzo D., Scipioni S., Randone M., Hogg K., Gomei M. (2019). Ecosystem services, socio-economic values and organizational profiles of Mediterranean MPAs. Rome, Italy, ISBN: 9788894497106

Scianna, C., Niccolini, F., Bianchi, C. N., & Guidetti, P. (2018). Applying organization science to assess the management performance of Marine Protected Areas: An exploratory study. Journal of Environmental Management, 223, 175-184. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.05.097

Azara I. – Clarke A. – Michopoulou E. – Niccolini F. – Taff D. (2018) (Edt.), Tourism, health, well-being and protected areas, CABI, UK, ISBN: 9781786391315, doi: 10.1080/14724049.2019.1597468