The approach of territorial resources is part of the broader approach of territorial development and based on the economic theory of resources. The course aims to introduce students in contemporary theoretical and methodological approaches to identify- activate- valorize and reproduce specific territorial resources as a collective process at local and regional level especially in rural areas.
The first section of the course aims at deepening in basic concepts and definitions regarding territorial resources and their different dimensions (e.g. generic and specific resources, latent and activated resources). The second section aims at equipping students with skills to design the construction of specific resources on the basis of a specialized territorial diagnostic and the necessary methods and tools. The third section refers to actions and organizational procedures for the activation/ specification of potential resource and for its sustainable management through new forms of territorial governance and coordination. Drawing of the outcomes of empirical examples highlighting the qualification and the valorization of local-placed products of specific quality (linked with the ‘terroir’, i.e. natural and cultural resources) ate studied best practices and innovative actions: local agrofood products, PDO / PGI, agrotourism, women's agricultural cooperatives, producer groups, etc. Through the analysis of these particular case- studies, students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for planning and implementation of a diagnostic tool that focuses on evaluating and enhancing the attractiveness of rural territories. For that reason, small student groups are formed and each one assumes the analysis and oral presentation of a case study.
oral examination at the end of the semester
workshop and Practices exercises