Maria Della Lucia is currently Full Professor of Economics and Business Management at the Department of Economics and Management at the University of Trento (Italy), the Rector’s Delegate for Alumni and founding member and Vice President of the UniTrento Alumni Association. She is also on the Board of Auditors of the Italian Society of Management (SIMA), contributing to SIMA strategy development and implementation. She coordinates the SIMA Interest Group on “Management of Tourism and Culture” in collaboration with Prof. Tonino Pencarelli (SIMA Vice President) and is responsible for the development of SIMA’s partnership with IHMA-International Humanistic Management Association and the implementation of other SIMA international activities and projects.
She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics and Management from the University of Padua (Italy) and she then spent over 15 years at the University of Trento where she gained tenure at the Faculty of Humanities and the rank of Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Management. Both her inter-departmental career and extensive scientific collaborations have profoundly influenced her research interests, teaching, service, and knowledge transfer, all of which have been nourished by a wholehearted inter-and multi-disciplinary approach.
Della Lucia is a member of the EMaSus research group-Economics, Management and Sustainable Consumption at the Department of Economics and Management http://web.unitn.it/economia/32050/emasus which draws together researchers on Management, Environmental Economics, Statistics, Psychology and Economic History to analyze and foster sustainable development. Her main areas of research, teaching, training, and dissemination are humanistic management, humanistic tourism, local development and sustainability, destination management and governance, cultural-based urban regeneration, creative cities and creative tourism, digital and social media marketing and economic impact analysis. She has authored and co-authored numerous tourism and development and planning related research articles in leading international journals (e.g., Tourism Management, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Cities, International Journal of Tourism Research, Journal of Heritage Tourism), together with several book chapters, two monographs (in Italian) and two co-edited Routledge books. Her single-authored and co-authored research has been recognized and won awards at tourism-related international conferences including Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Marketing and Management (2018), Heritage Tourism and Hospitality International Conference (2015), BEST EN Think Tank XII (2012), and ESADE’s XV International Leisure and Tourism Symposium (2006). She has contributed as a guest lecturer or as a consultant to universities, private companies, and regional tourism organizations and institutions.
She is a contributing faculty member on the BA program in Business Administration (Department of Economics and Management), the MA program in Linguistic Mediation, Tourism and Culture (Department of Humanities), the Ph.D. program in Sustainability-Economics, Environment, Management and Society (Susteems) of the School of Social Sciences and the University Master’s course in Tourism & Hospitality Management at the University of Naples “Parthenope”. She coordinates the Linguistic Mediation, Tourism and Culture MA program’s business and management content and its internships.