Alessia MARIOTTI, PhD, is Assistant professor in Economic Geography at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Economics Rimini campus since 01/11/2006. Her research interests are cultural heritage, culture and social identity, industrial/cultural/tourism clusters and cultural resources for local sustainable development, cultural routes and itineraries for territorial cohesion, World Heritage Sites Management Plans, tourism management at World Heritage Sites. She is working in collaboration with international organisations (UNESCO, World Bank, European Commission, etc.), European research centres and Universities on cultural tourism projects for local development. She has published several articles and two books in Italian, English, French and Spanish and she is a member of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network “Culture, Tourism, Development”. She teaches "Tourism Geography" and "Tourism Systems and Cultural Routes" at the Faculty of Economics - Rimini campus . She is member of the editorial board of Via@ International Interdisciplinary Review of Tourism and of Alma Tourism - Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development.